Pan-Asian casual dining chain, Ekachai has been around for over a decade and this year the buzzing Liverpool Street Oriental Dining Room, where things began has undergone an exciting makeover and there’s a new menu as well.
Food is South East Asian with a focus on Thai, Malay and Cantonese style dishes and the new menu, devised with the expert help of Norman Musa, Europe’s leading Malaysian chef, aims to introduce more adventurous dishes in addition to the classics, via seasonal specials.
Dishes ranging from the traditional Pad Thai and Nasi Goreng to the more ususual Kapitan curry or Tempe with anchovies, are freshly cooked to order. The new menu showcases an extensive choice of fragrant wok-fried noodles, stir fries, soup noodles, salads, as well as a selection of ‘little plates’, featuring Indonesian spiced chicken (Ayam Goreng) and Prawn and crab siu mai (a steamed dumpling).
The newly refurbished dining room takes inspiration from the Far East’s traditional street food style of eating, with huge chunky wood tables, suspended by rope from above, incorporating authentic materials such as reclaimed timber, bamboo, natural rope and recycled metal.
Say the Hong Kong born owners, Thomas Tjong and Sidney Tsang who also brought one of the UK’s first noodle bars to Selfridges in Birmingham and a dim sum bar to Harrods in London: “Our aim has always been to recreate the food we enjoyed when we were growing up and our restaurants reflect this.”