Take a tiny space, formerly occupied by a failed “continental” restaurant, add an outdoor patio and some nice furnishings, spice it up with a wine bar, mix in some high falutin’ Thai food, and whaddya got? Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen.
Open just a couple of weeks, Nittaya’s might be the best new restaurant to open in Summerlin since Nora’s started pouring wine.
For our first meal, we stuck to basics — todd munn (whitefish cakes), stuffed chicken wings, new coconut fish curry and a simple beef/green bean stir fry, and were most impressed by the snap of flavors, and freshness of everything tried.
Those fish cakes are a litmus test for any Thai restaurant. They usually range from slightly spongy to the consistency of an extremely over-done hamburger. These were small, soft, pillows of non-greasy fish cake — delicious and addictive.
Likewise the angel wings — stuffed chicken wings — were fried to a crispy fare-thee-well in fresh, hot oil, and were just what fried food aspires to: crunchy giving way to moist savoriness.
Every dish followed this pattern of being the best of its type we’ve had in quite awhile. The “World Famous Spinach Salad” consisted of lightly battered spinach leaves (again fried perfectly), surrounding a bowl of minced chicken larb for them to be dipped in. Another addictive hit.
As was the rich, fresh coconut curry — a whole roasted coconut containing a thick, seafood stew, and the simple beef and bean spicy stir fry — again, nothing fancy but all of it done perfectly — with a brightness of flavor you won’t find in the numerous by-the-numbers Thai restaurants around town.
Many thanks to uber-foodie-and-pointless-wines-guy Evan Powell for giving us the heads up on this potential jewel in our Thai restaurant crown.
If Evan keeps suggesting such tasty finds to ELV, sometime in the future, we might just let him cavort with our staff.
Our meal for two with no booze came to $68.
NITTAYA’S SECRET KITCHEN
2110 North Rampart Blvd. Suite # 110
Las Vegas, NV 89128