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“Too hot...even those of us who love it hot!”
Review of Khong River House - CLOSED

Khong River House
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lincoln Road
Description: We're moving, stay tuned!
Inverness, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Too hot...even those of us who love it hot!”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We went to Khong River House because I had heard the buzz about how beautiful the restaurant is...and it is gorgeous!!! The atmosphere is stunning. The drawback, and I never expected this to be a drawback, was that everything we ordered was so spicy that it made everyone at the table uncomfortable. When my husband and I go to a Thai restaurant, we both order the food hot, and our nephew ,who was with us, orders Thai hot. (The waitress didn't ask us about our spice level preference, so we assumed that it would come mild, and we could spice it up ourselves. Not so.) All three of us were overwhelmed by the heat. Our nephew's girlfriend gave up almost on the second bite. The rest of us soldiered on, but it wasn't pleasant. Such a shame because this could have been one our go to places when we are in Miami, but sadly we will look elsewhere.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank MrsG9310
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Excellent food & service”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

The food was delicious and the service was fun and friendly with several of the dishes being an interesting and different take on Thai cuisine. If you're a larger group (5+) try to get one of the tables in the booths in the rear - they are much more intimate and conducive to a nice dinner.

One of the main reasons I wouldn't rate this place as excellent was the loud choice of music. I don't understand how you can go to all the trouble of designing an beautiful and sophisticated decor, and a lovely culinary experience and ruin it with loud early 80's pop (Michael Jackson, Blondie, etc). When I brought it up I was told by one of our friends who had been to the restaurant previously and who had made the same complaint that the "chef liked it". I didn't realize that the dining experience was supposed to benefit the chef and not the customers.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank nomadale
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MIAMI
Level 6 Contributor
815 reviews
470 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
“Good food, busy,noisy environment”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

This is a typical south beach scene and a great noisy,people watching place.Service is excellent Food is northern Thai,smallish portions , slightly overpriced. Glass of wine is between $12-$15. Full bar has all kinds of mixed drinks and beer.
Food is served family style, which means it is brought out as it is ready. Beef curry came in large bowl with lots of sauce, but little meat. Shrimp dish was good, but shrimp were served whole with eyes bulging at you and you had to peel shell yourself. Chicken wings and noodle wraps were spicy and delicious. Stir fried tofu was tasty. Stir fried broccoli and grilled eggplant dishes were our favorites.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank MIAMISHEILA
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Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
348 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Very cool Thai place”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

My wife and I stumbled upon this place at lunchtime. The ambiance is very cool, lots of wood, tin siding, very upscale bar. Over 20 types of gin, not to mention copious varieties of other spirits. Unfortunately we were there for lunch so I didn't get to sample any of them. We'll have to go back!! The place was packed, having just been overrun by a bunch of dermatologists from the AAD meeting. We settled for the bar. I had the crispy pork sandwich, outstanding. Almost too crisp, as some pieces were a bit ceramic like. The hot sauce on the side was fantastic, as long as discretion was used. My wife had the chicken curry noodles, highly recommended by the bartender. It was quite good, a bit too sweet for our tastes. A "nit", the diet Coke I had was served in a bottle (8 oz), very small portion, and no free refills. We'd like to go back for cocktails and dinner.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank CulinarySnob
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Canada
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice Evening.”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Had a great evening at the Khong River. Servers were very helpful and steered us in the right direction. Good selection of dishes. Out of about 10 dishes 8 were good or very good and 2 just so-so. Around 9 tables were moved aside for a jazz band. It seemed a bit disorganized. I think some of the diners who arrived after us and were not finished eating, may not have been expecting the band.They were able to move us to a new table and we enjoyed the band for a few hours . Great finish to the evening. We would return.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Wiskeylake
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