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Adam D. Civalier and Sak Southi bring fast-casual Thai dining to Rochester

By September 14, 2018 No Comments
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Earlier this year, Rochester residents Adam D. Civalier and Sak Southi joined forces to create KHONG Thai Cuisine.

Based in the heart of North Winton Village, the fast-casual Thai dining spot has quickly garnered praise from Rochester area fans of Thai cuisine. Under commercial real estate investor turned restaurateur Adam D. Civalier and experienced chef Sak Southi, who has also owned Sak’s Thai Cuisine in Perinton for almost a decade, the pair’s forward-thinking approach to Thai food is going down a storm.

Beautiful atmosphere, great location, awesome food, and at reasonable prices, what more could you want? Welcome to the neighborhood, KHONG!” says one North Winton Village resident and customer. “Great menu, clean and cozy dining area. Food was excellent!” another adds.

“There are some really cool concepts that we want to try,” reveals Civalier. “For example, we’ve experimented with a Thai-inspired burrito which we’re excited for customers to taste.”

Fresh and individually tailored  Thai dishes

Each dish at KHONG is prepared fresh by Southi and his culinary team. As such, spice levels can be individually tailored by customers. “There are a couple of guys who come in and say they want their faces to be blown off with spice, and they keep coming back,” says Civalier of the restaurant’s spice options.

KHONG’s spice scale runs from one through five ‘punches,’ displayed as now-ubiquitous fist bump emojis, with five being the spiciest. “Personally, I stick with two punches!” Civalier adds.

The restaurant does a brisk lunchtime trade, so to cater to customers at this time of day KHONG Thai Cuisine offers three salads and seven soups, perfect for lunch. With an emphasis on outstanding value, other options, such as many of KHONG’s noodle dishes, will run customers to just $10 for a lunch portion.

Of the restaurant’s location, Adam Civalier calls KHONG’s spot in North Winton Village ‘awesome.’

“The North Winton neighborhood and the people are awesome, and we have regulars who are coming in twice a day to eat now,” reveals Civalier.

Officially opened in February of this year, KHONG’s launch saw Buddhist monks visit and bless the restaurant with holy water. “Sak and I are excited about the future,” adds Civalier, wrapping up, “and we both look forward to hopefully growing the KHONG brand in years to come.”

KHONG Thai Cuisine is open 6 days a week from 11 am until 9 pm, closed Tuesdays. To find out more, please visit