Kim Kardashian I Wasn't Exactly In Hiding

9/25/2013 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian says she hasn't been in hiding since the birth of North West ... it's debatable.

Kim was leaving a Sherman Oaks restaurant when one of the photogs asked her how it feels to be out of hiding.  Her response is interesting.

The Hollywood post-baby game is to dump a lot of weight before stepping out in public.  It's been 3 months since the kid was born and we've hardly seen Kim.  She's definitely trimmed down and is pretty much back to being herself. 

No surprise ... she's mum on Lamar.