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THIS RESTAURANT IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED Katoi

2520 Michigan Ave. (17th St.) Send to Phone
313-855-2864
Thai restaurant with a vibe that’s distinctly "resurgent and tough Detroit."
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THIS RESTAURANT IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED Katoi Restaurant Review

: Katoi began as a pop-up in Ann Arbor and is now a standalone establishment that’s part of the trendy restaurant scene in Detroit’s Corktown. The intentionally gritty exterior gives way to an urbane and upmarket interior. It’s divided into three spaces with rugged walls made of cinder block, ambient lighting casting soft hues, a long communal table and an open kitchen decked out with gleaming stainless steel. This Thai eatery nails the ultra-cool, made-in-Detroit ambience, and it gets the food right as well. The only issue is deciding what to order, so here’s a little help. Get the papaya salad, Chinese duck noodles, hot pot with frogs’ legs, khao soi curry, stir-fried nira flower and the coconut vegan ice cream. Thrice-cooked sweet potatoes, with their charred skins and smooth and soft insides, are served with palm sugar, sherry, avocado and bonito flakes. Ribs are smoked out back rendering them crispy, and the fresh papaya in the salad is tossed in a mixture of lime and spices. Be sure to consider the heat rating, too. Experienced mixologists offer cocktail specials. Adding to the overall Asian theme, house-made tinctures infused with Thai ingredients are part of the bartenders’ bag of boozy tricks. Service is first-rate and prices are very reasonable.

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