Review: Ekachai, Kings Cross

I absolutely love Pan-Asian food and was excited to sample the various dishes at Ekachai, who are also currently running a Hawker8 Special menu for 8 weeks where you can try a different special dish each week for £8 when dining in at any of their locations.

Ekachai was first established in 1999 with a site on Liverpool Street, which is the flagship restaurant, and there are four other additional branches across London. It was born as a result of two Hong Kong school friends, Thomas Tjong and Sidney Tsang making a decision to set up a South East Asian hawker food restaurant in London as they missed their favourite, authentic street food dishes so much.

I arrived at their Kings Cross branch and instantly loved the buzz, ambience and casual setting. It’s perfect for a date night or as a place for a group meal to catch up with your friends with wooden, shabby chic interiors with long tables with benches as well as higher corner seats. I loved the semi-open kitchen that is in view at the back of the restaurant where you can see the chefs at work preparing the dishes.

To start with we had the Salt and Pepper Tofu, which is a dish that will definitely be ordered whenever I spot it on a menu! This version was Chinese-style crispy tofu pieces with salt, pepper, chilli, spring onion and served with a sweet chilli dip. It was so delicious with a crisp exterior and soft interior. The Vegetarian options on the menu are excellent.

Salt and Pepper Tofu
Salt and Pepper Tofu

We also tried the Thai BBQ Spare Ribs, which were marinated sweet, sticky and spicy ribs with Thai Nam Prik Pao chilli sauce, which we just could not get enough of! The ribs were tender and cooked to perfection.

Thai BBQ Spare Ribs
Thai BBQ Spare Ribs

 

For mains we went for the Kai Krapow, a classic Thai dish of ground chicken with chilli, fine beans, fragrant lime leaves and holy basil. It’s traditionally eaten in Thailand with a fried egg but we opted to have it without, accompanied with egg fried rice. I loved this dish so much! It was full of flavour and had a nice spicy and fiery kick without being too overpowering.

Kai Krapow
Kai Krapow
Egg fried rice
Egg fried rice
Now for the Hakwer8 Special, we had the Hokkien Braised Duck, which was the limited edition dish for the week we visited. It was a generous serving of Duck, pork belly and tofu braised in master stock with half boiled egg, cucumber and a spicy chilli vinegar sauce on the side. It was such a delicious dish with such a fantastic sized portion, perfect for sharing or even to indulge on your own!
Hokkien Braised Duck
Hokkien Braised Duck

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and loved the casual setting, bustling atmosphere, fabulous service and brilliant portions. The food is really reasonably priced and I will definitely be back to try some more of the dishes on the menu.

Ekachai King’s Cross
62-67 York Way
London
N1 9AG

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I was a guest of Ekachai but all views and opinions are my own.

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