Koh is a relatively new Thai restaurant in Dublin’s ‘Italian Quarter’, which is just off the Quays by the Milennium Bridge and is a very pleasant little street indeed. I went to Koh on a Thursday night with two friends, ostensibly for cocktails and food but I managed to miss the cocktails. Never mind. I was told by the cocktail drinkers that the cocktails were tasty and interesting, if a little light on the booze.
We skipped starters except for a snack of very good spicy prawn crackers. Two of us went for green curry with chicken for €17.50: the portions were small but it was really delicious. I’ve banged on here before about the high cost of Thai food in Ireland, and I still don’t see any reason why Thai curry needs to cost so much – but the food, atmosphere and service is so good in Koh that I don’t feel inclined to moan about the price this time.
Our other diner ordered Laksa for €13, which surprisingly turned out to be very poor: it was watery and tasteless. However as soon as we mentioned it, they swapped it for another main without a second’s hestitation.
The service in general was really outstanding; friendly and chatty, and there wasn’t even the slightest quibble about swapping the main course. You get the sense that the people who manage this restaurant really care about its success, and that they see it not in terms of cramming in loads of customers and forcing them to bolt their food, but in making it a pleasurable experience that they will want to repeat.
Bill came to €127 for three mains, prawn crackers, one dessert, two bottles of wine and three cocktails.
Koh’s starters are €6.50 to €12, main course salads are €15, and curries are all around €18. Their lunch menu has many of the same options for a much lower price. And as we mentioned here before, Koh are currently running a special offer for the Six Nations: curry and a pint for €11.