Lunch At Kitima Asia Bistro

Kitima Asia Bistro is a Thai restaurant in the heart of downtown Irvine. Located at the main plaza of 2010 Main Street, Kitima is the place for the power suites in the nearby towers to go for lunch. The outdoor dining area overlooks a huge man-made water structure and bunch of big metal artwork that Sally had a fun time running through.

Kitima is a very busy place. We had to wait about 20 minutes to get a table. Most of the diners were suites from the plaza office buildings. Sit at any table and you’ll be within earshot of getting inside information on some upcoming merger or acquisition.

The service was a little slow. I’m not sure if this is normal or because the kitchen was slammed. The pace of the lunch doesn’t seem to fit the high power movers and shakers dining there. Maybe the speed of the power lunch is just slower in Southern California.

The food was extremely good and the portions were quite big. My yellow chicken curry felt like it had an entire chicken it, and the number of shrimps in the Curry shrimp dish had at least double the shrimps found in Thai restaurants back home. Before you start thinking Kitima must offer great bang for the buck, I must note that the prices are nearly double the Thai restaurants back home. The higher prices may have more to do with Kitima’s high-rent location than its portions.

Overall, I would recommend Kitima Asia Bistro. Just don’t expect to get your power lunch done in 30 minutes. You want to allow for at least an hour, which for me, is the minimum time you should take for lunch, power or no power.

BTW – All the photos were shot with the iPhone 4S.

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30 thoughts on “Lunch At Kitima Asia Bistro”

  1. Michael Kwan says:

    Is that supposed to be Pad Thai? Why is it brown?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes that is Pad Thai and I don’t know why it’s brown but it taste good!

      1. And looks good too.

        You should have added video of it.

        1. Love the colour of gravy in first photo.

          Look delicious and yummy …

        2. anaokulu says:

          I think it should be

    1. Yes and love the quality of photos as well.

      Now no extra gadgets to carry to shoot the photos. Do not like video though in your dot com pho.

    2. That food lokks amzingly good. Jummy!

  2. Hi John ,

    Thank for the Thai restaurant Kitima Asia Bistro sharing , do they have nice chinese restaurant at Southern California to recommend to chinese crusine people ?



  3. fas says:

    Where did the PWC office come from?

    1. John Chow says:

      The PWC building is right in front of the Kitima outdoor dinning area. I told you the place is popular with the suits. 🙂

      1. John I am hungry now and these photos are making me more hungry …

  4. Wah! I like all the dish, natural menu.

    1. It looks to be worth waiting 20 minutes for the table.

  5. Pam Britton says:

    Sally looks so cute noshing on noodles!

    1. When children are eating well is the proof that the food is good.

      1. Children also eat well if they got their favourite dish.

        You do not have to run after them when you serve them Pizza or Pasta but when its home cooked food you need to apply all tricks.

  6. It is really nice lunch to eat when we hungry john. Thanks for sharing this post with nice album.

  7. sai krishna says:

    very nice pics with good quality looking very awesome

    1. PPC Ian says:

      That is very true. The pictures on John’s blog are always of such high quality. He always has the best quality pictures and videos.

      1. sai krishna says:

        yes ! i agree with you 🙂

  8. I’m getting hungry now watching your menu.

  9. PPC Ian says:

    To me, the first dish looks like it has too much sauce. However, the last dish that has the noodles looks delicious. 🙂

  10. fazal mayar says:

    the images of are great quality as usual. I have never heard or read about this meal, you seem to be eating a lot chinese and vietnamese food most likely

  11. This is a Thai restaurant even though they may call themselves Asian Bistro. Been there couple of times.

  12. Heinz says:

    For sure Phad Thai. Favorite. Watch how they prepare it How to cook Phad Thai

  13. Erwin Miradi says:

    Oh man, that looks extremely delicious.

  14. Argh. You’ve just made me hungry, that looks LUSH.

  15. anaokulu says:

    They look very lezetli:)

  16. Dish looks yummy love to try it

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