Ekachai is known for its casual pan-Asian dining experience based on Liverpool Street, the restaurant has just undergone a refurbishment and I was invited along to basically have a good old nosy. The restaurant is owned by Thomas Tjong and Sidney Tsang who both bring their passion and inspiration from the food that they experienced growing up in Hong Kong along with their own dedication to make Ekachai the success that it is.
The new design has incorporated wooden tables suspended with ropes from above and you cannot miss the bamboo wood staircase which takes center stage as you walk in. The kitchen is open so you can have a sneak peek and the lighting is set to reflect the mood, so as it was evening the lights were slightly dimmed, all to create a perfect dining experience.
Alongside the refurbishment they have a new menu which includes lots of ‘little plates ‘ which are great for sharing. We started off with two, opting for the Chicken Satay which came with peanut sauce, cucumber and onion garnish and also the Thai BBQ Square Ribs which were absolutely delicious. They are so more-ish and I’m even thinking about them now!
To complement our little plates we had a bottle of Vellas Sauvignon Blanc, Chile which was a great choice and tasted great with the food. They offer a selection of cocktails too which sounded really nice alongside of course beers and spirits.
For main I couldn’t decide which to choose as they all sounded so good, but I chose the Beef Pho, it is the P-Ho Diaries after all, although I ended up asking for P-Ho not Pho, oops! The Beef Pho came with bean sprouts, chilli and lime on the side which was great as I’m not one for the chillis so was great to leave it out for me. Pho was such a large portion, it came with some lovely beef slices and a ton of noodles, I felt like it was never-ending, but was pretty glad as it was so yummy!
Danny had the Beef Rendang which was beef with roasted coconut, galangal, chilli and lemongrass and with some jasmine rice on the side. It’s described as a slightly drier Indonesian Curry on the menu, it was full of meat and flavour and definitely had a spice kick.
We both really enjoyed our meal, the food was lovely and the surroundings provide a calm and relaxed atmosphere which is a hidden gem to find amongst the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street.
You can book Ekachai on their website and they also have branches in Selfridges if you are in the Oxford Street area, which I will definitely be checking out.