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Lunch At Kitima Asia Bistro

written by John Chow on October 19, 2011


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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Michael Kwan October 20, 2011 at 12:51 am

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

John Chow October 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

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

Buy Facebook Fans October 20, 2011 at 6:53 am

And looks good too.

You should have added video of it.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips October 27, 2011 at 5:33 am

Love the colour of gravy in first photo.

Look delicious and yummy …

anaokulu October 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I think it should be

Make Money Guide 108 Easy Ways To Make Money October 20, 2011 at 1:33 am

Yummy , delicious viewing the photo.

Buy Facebook Fans October 20, 2011 at 6:55 am

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.

Make Money Online Helper October 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

That food lokks amzingly good. Jummy!

Make Money Guide 108 Easy Ways To Make Money October 20, 2011 at 1:44 am

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 ?



fas October 20, 2011 at 5:38 am

Where did the PWC office come from?

John Chow October 20, 2011 at 8:41 am

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

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips October 27, 2011 at 5:34 am

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

Guru Web Portal October 20, 2011 at 5:59 am

Wah! I like all the dish, natural menu.

Property Marbella October 21, 2011 at 1:47 am

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

Pam Britton October 20, 2011 at 7:04 am

Sally looks so cute noshing on noodles!

Property Marbella October 21, 2011 at 1:47 am

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

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips October 27, 2011 at 5:36 am

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.

Kailas chozhan October 20, 2011 at 7:43 am

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

sai krishna October 20, 2011 at 7:47 am

very nice pics with good quality looking very awesome

PPC Ian October 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

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.

sai krishna November 3, 2011 at 5:55 am

yes ! i agree with you :)

Guru Web Portal October 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’m getting hungry now watching your menu.

PPC Ian October 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

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

fazal mayar October 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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

iPhone Killer October 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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

Heinz October 21, 2011 at 12:25 am

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

Erwin Miradi October 22, 2011 at 3:38 am

Oh man, that looks extremely delicious.

The Lazy Ass Stoner October 23, 2011 at 3:11 am

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

anaokulu October 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

They look very lezetli:)

facebook clone October 31, 2011 at 4:24 am

Dish looks yummy love to try it