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Jin Thai Review: Cozy, Authentic Thai Cuisine


Neighborhood: Edgewater

Vegetarian Options Rating: ★★★★

Pescatarian Options Rating: ★★★★

Affordability: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★

Service: ★★★★ 1/2

Food Quality: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Thai food is one of my favorite types of cuisines.  I could eat it multiple times a week. But prior to Jin Thai, I hadn’t been to a Thai place that was more than good in Chicago.  Jin Thai was excellent.  Jin Thai is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Chicago.

It is certainly up there for the best Thai food I have had in Chicago and it is a wonderful haven for vegetarians and pescatarians. Jin Thai has very unique Thai dishes that you do not see at most Thai restaurants.  It has a quiet, cozy ambience that is relaxing and chill.  The service is decent and they give you your space.  It’s also BYOB so you can bring in some nice wine.

I started with a ginger drink and it was fresh and perfect for a cold, rainy fall day.  It had ginger and hot water with fresh cinnamon.  No caffeine and sugar, so it was a healthy way to start the meal.  I’d like to see ginger drinks on more menus in Chicago!

Tofu Crepe

My friend and I started out with the Thai crepes and while it usually has shrimp in it, we had it without the shrimp and just the tofu.  Wow, the tofu was prepared so well.  It was made in a way that I haven’t seen before.  It was seasoned and minced into the crepe with some vegetables.

The crepe was hearty and crispy.  It came with a light, zesty cucumber salad that complemented the crepe very well.  It reminds me of a Hungarian cucumber salad that I grew up eating.  It had a nice, refreshing cold flavor in contrast to the warm, deep flavors of the crepe.  I definitely would get this appetizer again.

Kao Soy with Tofu

For my entree I got the Kao Soy.  It was my first time having it and it was amazing!!!  The curry sauce was hearty and tasty.  The tofu was firm and there was a generous portion of it.  The noodles were crispy and wonderful.  I liked that some noodles were crispy on top while some were soaked in the coconut milk.  All of the flavors blended very well together!.  It was a perfect healthy dish for a cold, rainy day.

I cannot wait to go back!  If Edgewater wasn’t so far away from me I’d be here every week!  It’s affordable, authentic, and delicious!

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