loti eats | ekachai king’s cross

Originally started in 1999 with a site in Liverpool Street, Ekachai has slowly grown into a small chain with locations in Flat Iron Square, Wandsworth, Selfridges and their latest, just off Granary Square in King’s Cross. Ekachai is all about proper (and properly priced) South East Asian street food, with classic dishes from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand, like seafood laksa, Singapore noodles, nasi goreng and kai krapow, on the menu.

Because we bloody love dumplings, we had to try their handmade xiao long bao, and although smaller than versions we’ve had before, they were decent, complete with boiling hot soup and a punchy chilli vinegar dip. Chicken satay hit the spot, as did a big plate of pad thai with prawns and a comforting bowl of beef rendang; just what’s needed on a chilly night. There aren’t any desserts though; not that you’d be able to fit one in anyway as the portions are BIG and with all mains coming in at under a tenner, you don’t have to worry about getting value for money here.

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At 50 covers, this branch of Ekachai isn’t huge but it was full and buzzing on the evening we popped in, which is the best indication that the area has been crying out for fast, fresh, filling and affordable SE Asian food.

62-67 York Way, London, N1 9AG