Readers Peter and Violet passed the word that Khao Kaeng by Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar has opened at 1187 Coast Village Road in Montecito, taking over the downstairs space once occupied by Here’s The Scoop before they moved upstairs. Khao Kaeng’s web site describes the business as follows: “Khao Kaeng, showcases the evolutionary Thai cuisine of Chef’s Nui with the brilliant reputation gained from sister restaurant Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar at Santa Barbara’s Public Market. In 2014, Nui with partners, Jerry Lee and Emre Balli, opened Empty Bowl bringing classic comfort traditional Thai dishes specializing in farmer’s market organic, all-natural and free-range products. Khao Kaeng’s cuisine is expanded beyond the noodle bar but conveys the same culture of family recipes inspired from Nui’s home of Bangkok and uses the highest quality ingredients. Khao Kaeng translates to ‘Curry on Rice’ and offers unique menu items to Coast Village Road in Montecito as well as a wine cellar of over 300 bottles to compliment the fiery and savory Thai cuisine.”

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