Chinese and East Asian

0.5 miles
22 Waterfront Walk, Birmingham, B1 1SN

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Kinnaree Thai restaurant is named after the beautiful half-swan, half-woman creature whose enchanting form is often seen in traditional Thai sculpture and architecture. Dining at Kinnaree allows a full appreciation of how appropriately the grace of that particular being is captured by this restaurant. While the various Mailbox restaurants compete with one another boisterously, Kinnaree, settled a little way apart, is the epitome of elegance and poise.

We were greeted by charmingly gentle staff who extended us the traditional Thai greeting, or 'wai', which involves the hands being placed together under the chin in a small bow. We were shown to our table, which was situated pleasantly next to the glass front overlooking the canal.

The menu itself is a work of art, the pages encased in ornately decorated wood. The authentic cuisine is meticulously prepared by six experienced Thai chefs, and the extensive range offered by Kinnaree consists of over 100 dishes, almost half of which make up the vast selection available to vegetarians. Our starters arrived, both beautifully adorned with intricately carved vegetable garnishes. I had the vegetable tempura, while my partner chose the chicken satay. Both were delicious, but it was the accompanying sauces and dips that stole the show.

We both tried to remain inconspicuous as we waited for our main courses, sipping quietly on the crisp and refreshing Thai house white wine, waiting to be discovered indulging in fare that should be reserved only for celebrities and royalty. No such discovery was made however, and our next course quickly arrived. My partner described the duck in his Thai red curry as the most succulent he had ever tasted, and my massamun hed nang fa, a mild curry from southern Thailand, was delicious. Both of our dishes teased out the delicate jasmine flavour of the accompanying rice.

My partner and I left Kinnaree in the blissful contentment that only a truly exquisite dining experience can provide. Our only topic of conversation since has been the planning of frequent return visits, because it seems the trials and stresses of life can soon be soothed and forgotten within the calm of Kinnaree.
Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm