Ordering off the menu at Khong is often exciting, and many dishes were previously hard to find in Miami. Still, despite the nearly flawless fiery fare, some portion sizes are inconsistent. There is too much of a Florida shrimp salad, doused in a loose roasted chili paste with lemongrass and lime juice, and too little of a char-grilled Thai eggplant dish — thick slivers of slightly scorched purple plant with minced pork, Thai basil, and oyster sauce. During each visit to the restaurant, our party ran out of sticky rice. One should never run out of sticky rice.

Of course, these tiny faults are not what's important about Khong River House. Nor is the tasty cuisine, sleek surroundings, or the hip mixology program. Khong's venture into Northern Thai cuisine proves that Kunkel and 50 Eggs' first-born Yardbird was no fluke. The creative team has developed and perfected a successful, all-encompassing restaurant concept: farm-centered ingredients, stylish digs, smart branding, a young chef, and good grub. In a city where few restaurants come and stay, Khong is an astounding achievement.

And while patrons line up to sample more of Chef Bee's house-made Chiang Rai sausages and crabmeat fried rice at Khong, another 50 Eggs concept debuts at a Coral Gables location on Ponce de Leon Boulevard near Miracle Mile. Swine Southern Table & Bar promises lots of bourbon and a pork-filled menu.

Thai tofu salad
Thai tofu salad

Location Info


Khong River House

1661 Meridian Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: South Beach


Khong River House

305-763-8147; khongriver.com
Lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; brunch Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner Sunday through Thursday 4 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to midnight.

Thai tofu salad $13
House-made Chiang Rai sausage $16
Boat noodles $18
Thai crispy duck $28
Thai doughnuts $8

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