Deal of the week: KOH restaurant
Tucked away on the Millennium Walkway in Dublin's Italian Quarter, KOH keeps both its location and its brand of Vietnamese cooking quite discreet.
Behind a bamboo street screen, entry is through an uber-dark lounge bar that I'm sure, were KOH ever to close its doors, would make the perfect bachelor pad for any aspiring bond villain. Think polished concrete, dark lounge decor, red overhanging lamps and tons of dark Zen teak fittings and you're pretty much somewhere near.
Thankfully, the early KOH pre-theatre menu is easier to find than the entrance. €20 will see you for three courses between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and 9.30pm until close.
Along with its relaxed interiors and relaxed service, KOH does food that, on the pre-theatre front at least, is familiar and comfortable. Nothing too radical on the menu, but what is done is done well.
When it came to the starters I thoroughly enjoyed the char-grilled baby back ribs. Soft, juicy, infused with a ginger and soy marinade, they were a good taste of what was to come. If ribs aren't your thing, the chicken Satay skewers were also pretty decent.
Aside from the much appreciated Chardonnay I tried, you may also like the fact that KOH filter their own environmental brand of bottled water and at only one euro it really doesn't cost the earth.
For the main courses, some serious thought was given. Perhaps too much thought. In the end, I and my companion ordered Singapore noodles and a rice dish with chicken cashew nuts.
Although the noodles were good, the chicken dish was the best of the evening, by far. A mound of fragrant sticky rice loosened by a full flavoured sauce of soy, rice wine oysters and topped with dried whole red chilli.
Since the pre-theatre menu at KOH gives a two-course option, I did think about foregoing dessert. I thought about it, but then I came to the conclusion that banoffee pie. topped with cream and fresh banana on a crumbly biscuit base, can't really be refused for a measly €2.50. It was heaven.
With banoffee, coffee and goodbyes done with, I weaved my way through the bamboo screen and onto the street in good spirits and rude financial health - what could be more 'Zen like' than that ?
The KOH pre-theatre menu is priced at €17.50 for two courses and €20 for three. Available weekdays from 5.30pm until 7.30pm and from 9pm - 11.30pm. KOH can be found on Millennium Walkway, Dublin . Visit koh.ie or call 01 814 677 to book.