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“Worth a trip to Copenhagen by itself”
Review of Kiin Kiin

Kiin Kiin
Ranked #39 of 2,731 Restaurants in Copenhagen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $104 - $182
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Inner Noerrebro
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a must go place for foodies. It certainly earns its Michelin star. If you are serious about unique, imaginative and beautiful food, it is worth the trip to Copenhagen by itself.

The restaurant is small and in a modest but nice neighborhood. You will need a cab and maybe some directions to find it, but don't be put off by that. Our cab driver had no problem; it is pretty well known.

The food is Thai inspired, but like no Thai restaurant I have been to (including living in and traveling to Southeast Asia for 35 years...so I have some experience). Everything is fresh, beautifully presented, and imaginative. You are served a wide range of appetizers and small entre plates, chef's choice. For goodness sake, let this chef choose! The flavor pairings are unique and carefully thought out. The flow of the dishes is also carefully organized: each dish complements the one before and prepares for the one after it.

The wine pairings work remarkably well. One does not usually go to Asian restaurants for the wine or the wine pairings. This is the first time I came away from one saying "that worked really well!" I learned some new wine pairings for my own Asian cooking that I would never have thought of, and which are better than the more usual beer. The presentations are all beautiful. It all works as a marvelous combination of culinary imagination.

You start informally in the lounge downstairs. Relax on the pillows and big chairs. After a few small plates, you move upstairs to the more formal dining room (filled with casually dressed guests...clean up, but no need to over dress). The service is outstanding, but the food is the star.

This is one of the best meals I have had at any restaurant. It is expensive, but compared to what? Compared to the neighborhood Thai restaurant, sure, it is expensive. Compared to the best restaurants in the world, of which this is one, it is a relative bargain.

Get a reservation well in advance. It is a small place and it sells out quickly.

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1  Thank spunkymoose
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

If you enjoy Thai food, Kiin Kiin is a must - the restaurant atmosphere and decor just sets the scene perfectly from the minute you arrive. The many entrees are just a continuing taste feast - and thats before you even go upstairs for your 7 course tasting menu! Every course we had was delicious but the desserts were the ultimate finish to the meal - these are 2 of the most fantastic desserts! The Kiin Kiin special brew beer (lemon & lime) was amazing aswell. We did not take up the optional Foie Gras course as we felt it would just be too much. However, we did select the tea and petit fours - the final sweets were well worth the additional price. We were pleasantly surprised that it was reasonably priced for a Michelin restaurant (875DK PP (£100 approx) + 85 for tea/ petit fours) - however 50DK (£6 approx) for a glass or 2 of still water was perhaps a bit much but that seems to be everywhere in Copenhagen! Highly recommend - however for a busy restaurant, they could had some additional staff as at times they were busy but done well none the less.

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1  Thank LEHF
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Michelin stars do not mean much in some countries, Italy for example , BUT when Michelin gives a star to only Thai restaurant in the world, it means something...in Copenhagen , a city which has seen recently many great chefs. Well we understand that this great chef has opened a Thai restaurant at the Kempinsky in Bangkok... Globalization...Amazing.
Of course we were impressed. First in the lounge downstairs where the chef explains the evening and the eight course menu....before the mise en bouche starts with its seven or eight amuse gueules. They are all exciting but you wonder whether they are not too much before your eight courses. Again, it is a question of age. I am in my seventies and sometimes I wonder why restaurants do not have a seniors menu in addition to their kids menus .... Just kidding...
Then you move to the restaurant upstairs, everything is perfect, the tables, the light, the appeasing background music and the staff. All from Thailand and of course perfectly friendly, experienced and efficient. Each dish is explained. And they are each so surprising. The flavours are exceptional. Enjoy the delicate smell of the soup when you start. It gives you an idea of what will follow... What a wonderful evening. The owner had hinted that we may prefer to go for wine, rather than beer as I usually go for in Bangkok. He was so right. We did not take the full wine paring menu with each dish but decided to go for the " three good glasses of wine " . We had Muller Thurgau, followed be a Riesling and finally a Pinot Noir from New Zealand, all very good.
If in Copenhagen, don't miss this unique experience.

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2  Thank JJGRome
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Not too much to say, expensive BUT, excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambience- the ONLY restaurant of this standard where I have left feeling replete!

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Thank DKK031
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Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

We were presented the menu for the night and was offered a variety of creative snacks/small dishes in the lounge downstairs. We had planned to have beer (based on our experience of spicy Thai food) but went for the three glasses of wine package of which only the first was excellent (from Austria). The food was excellent and served in various creative ways - the service was uninspired even though plentiful. We were called up to confirm our reservation and asked about our openness to any food and thought they meant how spicy we could handle - we went all in and still Kiin Kiin works for anyone when it comes to heat....

Only dissapointments were the last two wines and being charged 100 DKK for tap water.

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Thank skylt
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