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Great Place!!. When I go out to eat, I expect to pay a lot for my meal. I also expect to get a lot of food for that money. I'm a bit of a foodie and only want the best. Well, this place did deliver a great meal that I really enjoyed, only the portion was so small that I left feeling hungry still. The price wasn't worth the meal. However, the ambiance is very nice.
BEST TASTING THAI. Delightfully tasty. I had the coconut soup and red curry. Both were very delicious I'M a fan of Thai and I found this the best I have had in a long time. My SO had beef and brocolli which she thoroughly enjoyed. Food is all about taste and they deliver the taste sensation here. Will definitely return.
Excellent Food and Fast Delivery Service!. It is hard to find restaurants that deliver in Irvine, so I was excited to hear that Kitima delivers to my office building. Online ordering was simple (just click "make a reservation" on this page and then click "order online") and the order was delivered about 30 minutes later. I initially thought the price was a little high, but the portions are large and it is the best thai food I've ever had, so it is completely worth it! I'm well on my way to becoming a regular and would recommend to everyone!
Kitima in Irvine.
It can be hard to find good Thai food in Orange County if you don’t leave the beaten path. Sure, you can find some great stuff in culturally-diverse Irvine, but would you expect really good food in a little place situated at the bottom of a large banking building? The area calls to mind images of people in suits with Bluetooth headsets power-walking to their next meeting, briefcase and latte in hand. The buildings are imposing and impressive by Orange County standards, and give no hint to the cuisine hidden within.
Enter Kitima; a small but smartly-appointed joint that’s practically hidden in this banker’s district of Irvine, and serves eats that are hot and flavorful. We had kind of a hard time finding it, but once we did, things went well. Very well.
The place is typically filled to the brim for lunch, and usually busy for dinner too, but since we were there on the night of a Laker game, it was practically all ours.
As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with a smile by our attentive waiter. He ushered us to a table, and promptly returned with cold Thai beer and helpful menu recommendations. We were interested in the restaurant’s best dishes, and when we told him we love spicy stuff, he smiled and unhesitatingly suggested the drunken noodles and firecracker beef. We happily agreed, and added some crab wontons to our order just for good measure.
This is awesome Thai food. Our wontons came with a sweet and tangy, typically Asian dipping sauce, but my favorite part of the meal is always the garnishes that seem to always feature the same four condiments at every Thai place. The colorful green onions, and the crimson chili poweder and paste, you know the ones. My mouth is watering just writing about this. Having created our own sauces to taste, we dug into the light and crispy wontons. The contrast between the crispy outside and the warm soft inside is always satisfying.
Our main dishes came out promptly, and were eye-catchingly beautiful, with all the colors and contrasts associated with Thai cuisine. The drunken noodles were tasty and burning hot! With lots of great vegetables and thin, sauce-grabbing noodles, this dish really showcased the spices and seasonings that went into the cooking. Great stuff. The firecracker beef was one of those dishes that you can’t bear to just sit and look at. You had to have a bite! As soon as our waiter set the dish down I just had to snatch a little morsel with my chopsticks before Dave could even get a shot off with the camera. Discipline, Miles! Patience! The beef was tender and tasty, again flavored perfectly with the delicious sauces and fresh veggies, which were pleasantly crispy even after cooking.
The portions of the noodle and stir-fry dishes were notably large, feeding two big guys (we were bursting at the seams toward the end) and leaving leftovers for Dave to take home to the family.
I didn’t think I had room left, but how can you turn down fried bananas? Vivid colors popped right off the plate, and the fried crunch of the bananas married with the cool creaminess of ice cream made for an unforgettable end to a great meal.
One last important note about the experience is that the service here was exemplary. Very brisk and polite, they serve you like your time is valuable. Beers were replenished instantly, and menu recommendations were given with care and a smile!
Citysearch Editorial Review. Although this Thai restaurant located near the John Wayne Airport is somewhat hidden, it's popular among locals (and travelers) for its pan-Asian dishes and friendly service, Dishes are cooked in traditional styles with classics like drunken noodles, stir fries (everything from cashew chicken to firecracker beef) and vegetarian options. There is also a coffee bar with plenty of drinks to choose. The affordable prices and mellow atmosphere make it a great place for lunch or dinner.
The best thai food I have tasted!. These guys use fresh ingredients and spices, you can tell! The staff is also very friendly and great customer service. I love the taste of their food.
kITIMA THAI KITCHEN- EXCELLENT. I HAD BEEN THERE TWICE AND WOULD LIEK TOG O EVERY WEEK, I LOVE THEIR FOOD, THEI TASTE, ITS JUST AMAZING. YOU WOULD NOT REGRET TO TRY THIS PLACE OUT. NICE PATIO TO LOOK OUT IN WATER NICE BREEZE. I JUST LOVE THE LOCATION AND FOOD.JUST AMAXING. MUST GO.
Editorial Review. Exotic herbs and authentic dishes has Orange County going through a Thai sensation.
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