Saturday, 15 November 2008

Ekachai review - Oriental Dining Room

London+Ekachai+review+food+arcadeEkachai, which specializes in Thai and Chinese cuisine, reminds me very much of Wagamama. Its layout, that of long benches and large square tables, is designed more for high customer turnover and definitely not the place to impress your date.

That said, the staff, all of whom are Chinese or Thai, were rather curt yet efficient in their service. I turned on my charm and passed a remark about welcoming the eatery is as compared to the cold outside… the waitress didn't even bat an eyelid. I took the hint, quickly scanned through the menu with intense concentration and ordered two of the safest dish that could be had in an Asian eatery - char kway teow (fried noodles), Sweet and Sour Pork and Chai Tai Lon (a tea really).

London+Ekachai+char+kuey+teowThe char kway teow (£6.90) does taste rather authentic though I'm not quite sure whether the slice of lemon should be included. But then again, it does cater to those who prefer to add that tangy bit to their char kway teow. What I liked about it is its familiar 'smoky' taste, which is not easily replicated at home as it requires a large fire under the wok.

The sweet and sour pork (£7.90), which comes with a miserable portion of rice and some token salad, was a bit of a disappointment though. The pork slices could really be bigger. In fact, I was chewing into more flour than meat. Also, the sauce was really sweet. Yes, it's 'sweet and sour' pork but I had to down a gulp of water with each piece of pork tossed into my mouth.

London+Ekachai+sweet+and+sour+porkSurprisingly, the chai tai lon (£1.80) tasted really like the teh tarik (without the froth) that can be found back in Singapore and Malaysia. Its creamy texture is done just right.

One thing that I noticed though, there seems to quite a number of customers who came to order takeaways. Guess what's the most popular dish? Sweet and Sour pork. Guess some people just love it sweet.

Ekachai is opened from 11am-10pm from Mon to Fri and if you're itching for a late night supper, go for the char kway teow and chai tai lon. A perfect way to end a hectic day.

Address: 9-10 Arcade, Liverpool Street EC2M 7PN
Tel: 0207 626 1155
Nearest Tube station: Liverpool Street

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £20 pp
Taste: **
Service: **
Ambience: **
Suitable for: an alternative to Wagamama, a leisure weekday dinner in the vicinity of Liverpool Street

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