The new Asian bistro/sushi bar Kin (7484 W. State St., Tosa) is in its “soft-open” phase. Which means the menu it’s serving right now is smaller than the grand opening expected to roll out in the coming weeks.
Kin, operated by the family who created Farwell Avenue’s Asian restaurant Rice N Roll Bistro, features larger physical quarters than its sibling, with a dining room that seats in the neighborhood of 80 diners, and a small sushi bar.
In terms of the menu, there’s a lot of diversity as it is, and it is not short: rice bowls, sushi bar specialties (including a la carte sushi), soups and salads, lots of maki rolls, plus Thai street food and specialties from the kitchen.
Of the appetizers, there are three kinds of buns (including honey glazed duck and chashu pork), flaming tuna crispy rice, Kin wings (Asian BBQ, sriracha buffalo, yuzu) and tuna poke ($7-$15).
Rice bowls range from teriyaki chicken to chashu pork ($12-$14). The Thai street food section refers to fried rice, pad thai and panang curry, among others ($9-$12). The options for donburi (a simmered rice dish) include chirashi don (assorted fish), hamachi don (yellowtail) and tekka don (thin-sliced tuna sashimi), $6-$21.95. And under “specialties of the kitchen,” there’s Thai-style grilled beef, a Northern Thai curry called khao soy chicken, and crispy pad thai shrimp ($13-$18).
And the name “Kin” was chosen for its two-prong connection. It’s the Thai word for “eating” and in English, it’s a synonym for “clan.”
Soft opening hours for Kin: Tues-Thurs 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 4:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 4:30-10 p.m. After the grand opening, Kin will also be open Tuesday-Sunday.