Deigning restaurants in shopping malls as unworthy of a professional food writer's scrutiny is a poor, indeed pretentious judgement. It's been proven over and over that location does not affect the quality of a restaurant.
A few weeks ago I happened to have a weekday lunch at Kum Poon, an Isan-style joint adjacent to the cineplex on the 7th floor of CentralWorld. Although I'm familiar with the sight of a crowded Kum Poon during my weekend shopping sprees, that was the first time I dined there, and, as usual, the place was packed to the gills even though it was a Friday morning.
Launched five years ago by a group of fresh-faced Thai restaurateurs, Kum Poon serves up hardcore Isan fare. Its large menu presents a complete repertoire of pungent northeastern dishes prepared to authentic recipes with the level of spiciness adjusted to diners' preferences.
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