New downtown eatery promises 'true taste of Thai'

swthompson@herald-leader.com,by sharon ThompsonJanuary 3, 2013 Updated 23 hours ago

Nat Yuttayong has opened a Thai restaurant downtown at 111 South Upper Street, next to McCarthy's Irish Bar. The menu at Nat's is small but has "authentic true taste of Thai," he said.

Yuttayong, who recently returned from a trip to Thailand, said, "I have rediscovered the true authentic Thai food again. After many years in the U.S., we all had forgot the real taste of Thai food."

Yuttayong grew up working with his aunt at Siam Thai restaurant. In 1989, the family opened Bangkok House; after it was sold, they opened Taste of Thai. He most recently worked with his cousin at Mai Thai Restaurant on Tiverton Way.

Yuttayong said the menu features "the fresh pad Thai noodle just like back home." Other menu items include spicy beef and pork salad, shrimp herb and spice, and fried chicken wings with herb. Curry specials are served on Tuesday and Thursday. Hours are noon to midnight Monday through Thursday, and noon to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 433-0197.

Special events

■ Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is taking diners on a trip around the world at its Winter Dinner Club series. The dinner menus are inspired by Jules Verne's novel Around the World in 80 Days.

On Friday and Saturday, the culinary tour begins with a contemporary British menu, then for the next few weekends, the menu will reflect stops along adventurer Phileas Fogg's travels. This weekend's menu includes white sausage of chicken, truffle and cream; lamb or mushroom Wellington; and double chocolate bombe.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials will be featured throughout the dinner series. Cost is $40. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com for other dates and menus.

Beginning Friday, Holly Hill's winter hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

■ Midway Christian Church is celebrating the annual Feast of the Epiphany at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Piper Dining Hall at Midway College. A medieval menu will be prepared by Ouita Michel and her staff at the Holly Hill Inn.

The feast will begin with the traditional parade of the boar's head, led by bagpiper Malcolm McGregor. The buffet will feature roast hog stuffed with sausages; saffron rice pilaf; carrot pudding with currants and dates; sweet-and-sour cabbage and lentils; salad of lettuces, fennel, mint, parsley, flowers and egg; king cake; and poached pears. Entertainment will be provided by Muzik, a group that plays authentic replicas of medieval instruments.

Cost is $30, $15 for ages 11 to 18, free for children 10 and younger. Call Midway Christian Church at (859) 846-4102 or go to Midwaychristian.org. Midway College is at 512 East Stephens Street in Midway.

■ Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill doesn't let its activities falter during cold weather. The cozy Winter Kitchen is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. through Feb. 10. The Winter Kitchen is in the West Family Dwelling cellar and offers fireside dining. Shaker Village is at 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg. Call 1-800-734-5611, Ext. 360, or go to Shakervillageky.org.

Etc.

■ Doodles Breakfast and Lunch, 262 North Limestone, will reopen Saturday after its holiday break. Weekend brunch hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to Doodlesrestaurant.com.

■ Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, has planned a cozy menu for January. Included are corn chowder, orange scone with orange curd, quiche Lorraine, olive nut in celery sticks, chicken salad and carrot round tea sandwiches, dark hot chocolate and Italian cream cupcakes. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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