Clerkenwell’s Leather Lane may have a few similarities to the Khao San Road of Bangkok but today it’s getting another in new restaurant, KIN (meaning ‘eat’ in Thai), serving up street foods from across Asia. The genesis of the idea came after founder Kwok Tang discovered he had a gluten intolerance whereupon he and his wife and business partner began to investigate the benefits of Vietnamese cuisine which is gluten and wheat free.
We’re talking a delicious mix of Pho, Chicken Katsu Curry, Pad Thai and Green Curry – most of which is also available to take away. Banh Mi, Vietnamese baguettes filled with roast duck are a lunch time staple but it doesn’t stop there and you can also feast on Chicken yakitori, Salt and pepper calamari, Potstickers (homemade pan fried pork dumplings), Spring rolls, Summer rolls, Miso and Tom Yum Gung soups and salads.
Over the coming months, KIN will be introducing new dishes such as Crispy aromatic duck, Massaman curries and Soba noodles. Look out also for Nasi Goreng, an Indonesian style spicy fried rice featuring over 25 different ingredients.
Wines have been sourced by Matt James from the independent Bordeaux Cellar and artisan leaf teas by Canton Tea Company from small, traditional farms. However, those longing for Gap year days can have their fill of Asian beer – and freshly made juices.
The classic Victorian building in which KIN is housed has been given a 21st Century make-over with a fully retractable glass frontage and is decorated in a blend of blue, teal, orange, red and grey – alongside a mural by London artist Eddie Fett that takes its inspiration from both Japanese Manga and traditional Chinese art.
KIN, 88 Leather Lane, Clerkenwell, EC1
0207 430 0886