Sitting next to the window whilst dining at Kinnaree you’re rewarded with a pretty view as the lights twinkle on to the canal outside of the Mailbox. It’s a perfect people watching place as the bridge links the mailbox across the canal and on to Waterfront Walk while you wait for your food to arrive.
Indoors there is plenty to see too; Kinnaree statues (a young woman whose lower body is a swan that enables her to fly between the human and the mystical worlds), wall features and images adorn most of the walls and fairy lights and foliage warm up the interior. The look is completed with a large dragon boat running down the centre of the restaurant. It might all appear a little haphazard in terms of interior design but you certainly couldn’t accuse it of being stark.
Kinnaree is one of several Thai restaurants that seem to be doing well in the city evidenced not least by a busy clientele early on a Friday evening. The food is authentic, tasty and, if you choose the Jungle Curry, on the right side of spicy, and the staff are attentive.
The menu is extensive with popular coconut-based curries (the Penang King Prawn is dellicious), a fine list of starters including crab cakes, marinated chicken breast wrapped in pandan leaves and served with sesame sauce and a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.
If you are finding it really hard to choose then there is a choice of five set menus. For two or more it’s a great way to try new dishes and share. The mixed starter includes Fish Cakes, Chicken Satay, Chicken on Toast, Toong Thong parcels and Spring rolls. The Tom Yum Goong soup is light enough to prepare you for the main course that includes a mix of three curries and stir fry dishes. Served with Thai Jasmine rice the meal leaves absolutely no room for dessert; but then Thai cuisine is rarely likely to win too many awards for desserts.
If you are passing by for lunch the restaurant offers a selection of their popular main dishes for just £4.95 each. Now who doesn’t need that as a February treat?
22 Waterfront Walk, Birmingham, B1 1SN
0121 665 6568