Kalaya in South Philly to serve its last dinners before a new restaurant in Fishtown

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Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon will close its BYOB in Bella Vista on October 1 as preparations continue for the early fall opening of a larger and more ambitious location in Fishtown.

It’s business as usual at 764 S. Ninth St., but she’s got a special menu for the last day. It will offer communal seating for 25 people each at 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., with a 10-course menu priced at $175 per person, including tax and tip. (Reservation inquiries, including time, number of attendees, and phone, are taken via [email protected] A restaurant representative will respond.)

The menu will include hed pad (stir-fried mushrooms), moo kapi sator (stir-fried pork with stinky beans), pla tod kamin (turmeric monkfish) and goong prik klua (giant salt and pepper prawn).

The new Kalaya (say it “kah-lay-YAH”) will be a partnership with Defined Hospitality, which owns and operates Suraya and Pizzeria Beddia in Fishtown and Condesa in Center City.

With more than 160 seats in a former warehouse at 4 W. Palmer St., between Front Street and Frankford Avenue, Kalaya will join a booming scene in the area. It will be across from Stephen Starr LMNO Mexican Restaurant and Evil Genius Beer Co. It is also about two blocks from Suraya, the Levantine Market, and a cafe, restaurant, and garden. outside.

This Kalaya location will have a full liquor license and will be open daily.

Inquirer reviewer Craig LaBan followed Suntaranon home to Thailand earlier this year as she researched ingredients and techniques.

It’s been quite a 3.5 year journey for Suntaranon, whose restaurant has won awards from Esquire (Best New Restaurant in America for 2020) and Food & Wine (Best New Restaurant in America for 2020). The James Beard Foundation listed Kalaya as a finalist for Best New Restaurant for 2020 and Suntaranon itself was a finalist for Beard’s 2022 Best Chef Mid-Atlantic Award.

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