Gin Khao
Tameike: Thai
Gin Khao (Tameike: Thai)
Gin Khao
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:15pm (LO Sat -8:30pm). Closed Sundays.

International-style Thai restaurants seem to be popping up all over Tokyo these days, and Gin Khao has joined the club, with the promise of exotic California-style Thai cuisine. In addition to the usual tom yum kung and curries you'll find entertaining cross-cultural dishes like Thai-style buffalo chicken wings with sriracha-glazed cauliflower, and quinoa salad with beet dressing.

The wings are a standout, with very crisp, crunchy skin and juicy meat, although we would have enjoyed a bit more of the cauliflower on the side. The "Crying Tiger" is a decent-sized platter of steak - big enough to share - served with two different spicy sauces that help bring out the flavor of the meat without being too overpowering.

Somewhat spicier was the Nam Prik Aong - fresh vegetables served with a northern Thai-style meat and tomato dip. This really seemed like a Thai version of Bolognese sauce, only much hotter, and it was served with a colorful collection of Kamakura heirloom vegetables.

The lunchtime menu is much more straightforward, with decent versions of Thai standards like green curry, pad thai and gapao rice. The dining room is spacious and airy, with some semi-outdoor terrace seating in the building's atrium. Budget around Y3500 for dinner and drinks, while lunches start at Y1100.

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