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Review: Ekachai

South East Asian deliciousness in London’s Square Mile...

We’re not exactly short of Thai restaurants in London. Similarly, there are plenty of good (and not-so-good) eats around London’s Liverpool Street and City area, but thankfully, Ekachai delivers in taste, style and affordability.

With a diverse but not overwhelming range of small plates, noodle meals, noodle soups, curries and stir fries, this is a great place for lunch or a post-work catch up with a friend. Starting with the small plates, it’s easy to gorge before the main course with a range of delicious goodies.

Chicken Satay is a mainstay of any good Thai restaurant, and Ekachai delivers here – that peanut sauce is suitably yummy. As are the Thai fish cakes, spring rolls and the Gado Gado salad is deliciously different for both vegans and carnivores alike.

The mains are where Ekachai truly shines however. Pad thai is another classic and done to perfection here, as is the the Malaysian chicken capitan curry; succulent chicken in chilli, lemongrass, galangal, shrimp paste, mixed ground spices, roasted coconut and kafir lime leaves. Stunning!

My dining partner and I considered ordering seconds, but we also greedily ordered a chicken wonton noodle soup. Described as a Hong Kong classic and seriously delivering on taste.

The place looks fabulous too, and the staff are warm, friendly and not too “in-your-face as the UK appears to be developing the sometimes overwhelming US style service of endless questions and faux rictus grins. They’re happy to recommend dishes we should try - and they were right!

It’s not earth-shattering eats in an already crowded market, but it’s most definitely top quality food in wonderful surroundings. We certainly recommend.

With a few branches around London check out the Ekachai website for more information.

Words Lee Dalloway

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