Kinlenn, the casual restaurant that started out in Khao Yai, earned a reputation for serving fuss-free fare in a fun and photogenic environment. When it debuted in Bangkok, the hipster haven of Ari seemed like the perfect match. The restaurant ticks all the boxes for an ideal casual hang-out, offering flavorful bites perfect for sharing along with refreshing heady concoctions that can help guests unwind after stressful hours in the office.
While Ari’s more popular eateries are tucked within the alleys of Phaholyothin (so you need to take a motorcycle taxi or go on a lengthy stroll to reach them), Kinlenn is conveniently located at the foot of BTS Ari station. The restaurant exudes a serene and welcoming vibe, thanks to a blend of white and muted green hues, blond-wood furnishings and leafy house plants. The serenity is a stark contrast to the busy Phaholyothin Road outside.
Just like the other branches, Kinlenn Ari churns out boldly flavored Thai cuisine with a streak of authenticity. Crowd favorites include a set of Southern Thai specialties such as yellow crab curry with betel leaves and stir-fried liang (local greens) with egg, caramelized pork and vermicelli (B490). Meat lovers would do well to order the Australian beef striploin, which is perfectly seared, and served with jaew and seafood sauce. It also comes with a Luang Prabang-style somtum, characterized by thick and wide ribbons of raw papaya (B890).
Dishes with Western leanings also make an appearance in the menu, as in the likes of flat and crispy shrimp tom yum pizza (B180). Vegetarians won’t be disappointed—they serve a meat-free pad thai with deep-fried tofu and a drizzling of tamarind sauce (B175).
A Ladies Night promotion every Wednesday is perfect for girls night outs. Have your food with one of their refreshing cocktails, like the Siam Ruby (B250), which combines Mekhong Rum with lychee. But if you’re trying to be alcohol-free, try the Baby Sangria, a drink that refreshes the mind and palate, but minus the buzz.