My second day home in Las Vegas was spent settling into my new apartment. I had several errands to run for getting my utilities turned on and I had to stop by the chef school. Needless to say it was a hectic day. I was still recuperating from the flight to Philadelphia and the long drive from Philly to Las Vegas. Adjusting to the western time zone had me craving dinner in the afternoon hours.
I was really craving a healthy vegetable or fruit entree, when I saw the sign for the Pin Kaow Thai Restaurant. Pin Kaow is located at 1974 North Rainbow Boulevard at the intersection of Lake Mead Boulevard.
About a month ago, I read a favorable restaurant review about Pin Kaow that was written by the food and restaurant writer of Las Vegas City Life magazine. I remembered the the article described this restaurant as being located away from Chinatown and its location was in the newly developed end of town.
After walking through the doors of the Pin Kaow Thai Restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the dining room was tastefully decorated with authentic Thai style. The dining area was rather classy and there were many beautiful Thai decorations to look at. The Thai waitresses all wore traditional gold embroidered silk gowns that added to the authentic Tai charm of Pin Keow. Pin Keow has a very nice atmosphere for dining on authentic Thai cuisine!
One look at the menu at Pin Keow is all it took for me to notice that this was a very special Thai restaurant. The menu is extensive and it features some very nice quality entrees and ingredients. There were many Thai specialties that I have never seen before on the Pin Keow menu.
As I mentioned before, I was craving a salad. Thai salads are some of the best salads in the world. Papaya salad is on the menu of nearly every Thai restaurant.
The papaya salad description on the menu at Pin Keow was very appealing! The papaya salad has a choice of dried shrimp or salty crab. I chose the dried shrimp option because I like the savory flavor.
The waitress asked me how spicy that I would like the salad prepared. The waitress said "Tell me on a scale of one to ten, how spicy you would like your salad!" In Las Vegas, when you ask for spicy hot, you really get spicy hot! I like spicy food, especially when it is a Thai papaya salad. I ordered the number ten spicy hot range for the salad. If you prefer a milder spicy salad, the I would suggest ordering no higher than a three on the heat range. Ten is very spicy hot!
Thai papaya salad is made with shredded green papaya and vegetables. The dressing has a mildly sweet lime flavor that is very refreshing. Fresh green beens and thin sliced tomato were part of the salad. Shredded carrots and cabbage accompanied the papaya salad. Lightly roasted peanuts added a very nice comfortable flavor to the salad.
The very spicy chile pepper heat that I requested was comfortable and refreshing for my taste, although it would be way too spicy for those who do not like hot chile pepper. Fresh green Thai chile peppers were used to make my papaya salad order very spicy. Thai peppers have a very deep rich chile pepper flavor that is perfect for a Thai papaya salad.
The papaya salad at Pin Kaow was the best that I have ever had! I was very pleased with the quality of the classic papaya salad!
The atmosphere and service at Pin Keow was exceptionally nice for lunch. I can imagine that the atmosphere of the dining area would be nice for a special formal evening of fine dining too.
My experience at Pin Keow was a very good one. I honestly heavily recommend the Pin Keow Thai Restaurant! Pin Keow is a very nice restaurant that is perfect for lunch or a romantic evening of dining on fine Thai cuisine! ... Shawna