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Kin Khao Thai Restaurant, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.


Abbey Lane, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

09064 98805

Price: € 60-120 (for two with wine)

Hours: Dinner from 5.30pm - 10.30pm : Mon-Sun
Lunch 12.30pm - 2.30pm : Wed, Thurs, Fri
Lunch from 1.30pm all day Sunday.


It is hard to miss Kin Khao Thai in Athlone. It is a corner building painted yellow with red windows and door. It is in the same neck of the woods as Sean’s Bar, possibly the oldest pub in Ireland. Kin Khao Thai was opened by Irishman Adam Lyons and his Thai wife Janya in 2003. Janya’s family is steeped in the restaurant and food tradition with recipes and techniques passed from generation to generation.

Inside it is authentic, with large working ceiling fans and neatly dressed tables and chairs, the decor is soft and pleasant, and the whole thing provides an Asian atmosphere, re-enforced by all the Thai staff and the very seriously authentic food.

“Our food philosophy is simple - 100% Thai style using the freshest ingredients, brought to your table by a smiling Thai waiter! “Kin Khao” is a Thai expression of welcome and an invitation to share food. We invite you to sample the unique and tantalising tastes of the food of Thailand prepared especially by our team of experienced Thai chefs. If you’ve traveled to Thailand our food will bring you back. We can’t bring the palm trees and sandy beaches but we can guarantee the perfect pad Thai, tom yum or green curry!”

All the chefs hail from several regions in Thailand so if you’re looking for a creamy coconut curry from the south or a sharp spicy dish from the north, you’ll get it at Kin Khao. This of course is one of the reasons for their success is the all Thai team. With the exception of Adam, all of the waiters, chefs, and managers are Thai.

Paolo ate there some time back with tom Doorley, during a break in filming for the restaurant show in nearby Wineport Lodge. They both agreed it was one of the best Thai restaurant in Ireland, and indeed Tom has declared it as “bloody brilliant”

This is a restaurant not to be missed. Next time you are in Athlone, check it out, all these food reviewers can’t be wrong.

There is also a sister restaurant in Gorey. The review for that will be up soon.
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