This Popular Commercial Drive Restaurant Opened Exactly Five Years Ago Today

For this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday we go back exactly five years to the launch of the popular Thai restaurant, Kin Kao, at 903 Commercial Drive.

Time flies when you look and smell as good as this place does! And I still remember how good it looked and smelled on that first night back in early February of 2015…

My first thoughts? It’s as if Maenam and Bestie had an East Van lovechild. It’s not as refined or as exacting as the former or as refreshingly uncomplicated as the latter, but hey…look at the cute baby! Scott & Scott did a great job with the design. It feels open and egalitarian, with the best seats being either the window booths or the bar stools that look through the kitchen pass and straight into chef Poonchai’s frenetic, aromatic domain.

It’s been consistently good ever since, establishing a loyal following from the neighbourhood and beyond. Here’s a gallery of images I took from that first service…

  • Terrence Feng pulls 33 Acres and Strange Fellows
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  • Deep fried sweet potato with sweet chili sauce
  • Action in the kitchen as the first orders come through
  • Deep fried sour cured pork ribs
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  • Phad Thai
  • Green Curry with Chicken
  • Tap detail
  • Beer on the bar
  • The kitchen pass
  • Chicken satay
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  • Outside looking in...
  • Mmm, sweet potato fries
  • Soft opening menu - more dishes landing soon
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