Thai cuisine can be daunting to many inexperienced foodies. It is colorful, spicy, tangy and rich all at the same time – a burst of flavor in each mouthful. As an avid traveler, I have been fortunate to visit many countries and experience many cuisines. Thai cuisine has captured my heart with its immense complexities of flavor combinations; from sweet coconut milk dishes laced with spice to delectable curries that dance on your tongue and tickle the throat.
When I first visited Thailand, I was a picky teenager with no particular interest in trying new and challenging tastes. The warm and approachable atmosphere in Thailand piqued my interest to its amazing culture. Once I approached my trip with an open mind, I was able to experience the culture and try some delicious Thai dishes. I noted the varied taste profiles and was able to expand my palette. These taste experiences were refreshing and a complete infiltration of flavor that I did not even know existed. Kitima successfully incorporates these delightful South East Asian tastes into their menu.
Kitima is a wonderful Thai bistro that caters to a busy group of professionals who mainly visit for lunch. This green awning joint is nestled within a cluster of high-rise office buildings near the John Wayne Airport bordering Santa Ana and Irvine. It had a beautiful interior with many unique artistic Thai sculptures and paintings. As we sat down, we were immediately greeted by a friendly waiter who provided us with the menus and proceeded to take our drink orders. We ordered two refreshing glasses of sweet Thai Iced Tea. This caffeinated beverage paired perfectly with the rich and spicy flavors we were about to indulge in. The menu had a vast array of Thai dishes from pad thai noodles to penang curry. We also ordered the Drunken Noodles; one order included chicken and the other included tofu.
I was particularly impressed with the waiter’s efficiency and attention to the minutest detail of refilling our water glasses promptly. We were served large portions of the Drunken Noodles, which we relished and devoured. Although, I was unable to finish my entrée, I was more than happy to take it home for a second helping. The Drunken Noodles had a lovely consistency to them, a mixture of soft flat noodles with just the right amount of spice and tanginess to make you crave more and more. They were sautéed in Kitima’s own special blend of garlic and spices, tossed with chicken / tofu, mushrooms, tomatoes and sweet basil. One fair warning is their prices are quite high especially for lunch, the Drunken Noodles have a hefty price tag of $14. Since they don’t offer lunch specials, all items are from their dinner menu. However, their generous portion size and the delicious food completely make up for the price tag.
Be sure to come back for Happy Hour where they offer 2 for 1 Specials on beer and wine, ideal libations to wash down those hearty dishes! I have been to many Thai establishments in Orange County. All of which boast to have the most authentic and delicious food around but Kitima is one of the few that have made a real impression on me. Kitima has managed to successfully incorporate a unique blend of culture, taste and spice into its small but beautiful locale.
I definitely plan on visiting Kitima again and trying some more delectable dishes. This eatery was a perfect little taste of Thailand, a country full of flavor and passion. Feel free to share this blog post and comment with your feedback.
Article By: Food Junkie
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Kitima Thai Cuisine
2010 Main Street, Suite 170