Longtime King & I owner Rin Suphankomut has opened a smaller, faster Thai restaurant on Elmwood.
At Rin Thai Bistro, 988 Elmwood Ave., the Thai chef-owner is offering a stripped-down Thai menu that hits the favorites and adds a few unusual dishes. Bing Paesang is the other owner.
There's only two coconut milk curries offered – green curry with chicken and panang curry with pork (both $13).
Pad thai, the ubiquitous stir-fried noodle dish, is there in chicken and shrimp versions ($13/$17). Tom kha, coconut milk soup braced with lime, and hot-and-sour tom yum soup are both on offer in chicken and shrimp versions ($5/$7).
On the other hand, moo ping, marinated pork skewers ($7), aren't found in every Thai place. Same for ginger-rice soup ($4). Pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup served with a side plate of fresh herbs, bean sprouts and chiles, makes an appearance in beef and chicken ($13).
There is no alcohol for sale at present, but Suphankomut is applying for a beer and wine license.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Phone: 881-9900.
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