Take a sneak peek at the completely transformed space that was Miss Yip's and is now the impressive Khong River House. The latest restaurant from 50 Eggs Restaurant Group brings in a mostly Thai influence, with other surrounding regions like Laos and Vietnam in the mix. Step inside the spacious, comfortable river house sitting off Lincoln Road that is Khong.
Khong is 50 Eggs CEO John Kunkel's brain child baby, a unique concept he built from the ground up. No fusion fuss here, this is strictly Thai region-based cuisine with natives Chef Bee and Chef Pi and their Thai staff bringing in traditional recipes used in their own homes. There's a main dining room, two private dining rooms in the back, and a soon-to-open upstairs dining space (R.I.P. Buck 15) with a bar and private room as well that will be used for overflow on busy nights and special chef dinners and events a la Yardbird's popular Midnight Chef's Table Series.
The authenticity permeates throughout, from the tiny details in the decor to the pickled garnishes on the plates. Kunkel and his team had just about everything brought over from Thailand. The heavy wood from old boat houses was broken down and used to make the sturdy yet comfy chairs in the dining rooms. The ceiling uses the left over copper from roofs of boat houses on the Mekhong river, after which the restaurant is named. The entire main dining room mixes and matches different textures like the stick-woven blinds, brick walls, rattan booths, and wicker baskets and lamps for a very rustic feel like you're eating in a huge boat house.
The huge statement-making bar fills the entire wall from floor to ceiling and is stocked with clay pots and other serving items straight off the boat. Gin is the main focus in this beverage program, and they're using homemade syrups and infusions for teas and cocktails like the Sloe Gin Fizz or The Killer Bee (named after the Chef). The flavorful food menu features a variety of grilled and rotisserie poultry and fish, traditional salads like the papaya, broths and noodles, in a shared, family-style layout. They'll just be open for dinner starting on December 17, but lunch is coming within a couple weeks of that, and a fun, creative brunch thereafter.