9-10 Arcade Liverpool Street , London, EC2M 7PN

  • Ekachai
  • Ekachai

SquareMeal Review of Ekachai

This buzzy South-East Asian canteen has been serving hungry City workers for over a decade now, and it has the business down to a fine art. You can be seated and served in minutes, and there’s no shortage of smiles either. The interior is brightly lit, with swathes of bamboo, recycled metal and huge chunky wood tables suggesting a ‘street market indoors’ – though not all dishes match up to the authentic vibe. Malaysian chicken kapitan (literally the ‘captain of curries’) packs a powerful punch, but our pad thai was disappointingly heavy on the noodles and light on spice. Also look for assorted ‘little plates’ including ayam goreng (Indonesian spiced chicken) or prawn and crab sui mai (steamed dumplings). Aside from wines and beers, the drinks list features Thai teas and ‘detoxing’ fresh juices – the latter providing a surprisingly sprightly pairing for the often bold flavours.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Liverpool Street Tube Station 146m

Moorgate Station 459m


Address: 9-10 Arcade Liverpool Street , London EC2M 7PN

Area: Moorgate Liverpool Street

Opening times

Mon-Fri 11am-10pm

Nearby Landmarks

Liverpool Street 82m

Carpenters' Hall 244m


Telephone: 020 7626 1155


Cuisine: Pan-Asian


Food & Drink: 7.2

Service: 7.2

Atmosphere: 6.4

Value: 7.8

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Emma A. 08 August 2014

I always get excited coming here as the food is excellent. The menu is interesting, varied and decent in size (without being overwhelming) and focuses mainly on Thai, Malaysian and Cantonese style food. The food is tasty and genuine and the staff are always friendly

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Alan S. 16 May 2014

This is a real hidden gem of a restuarant, tucked away in the arcade behind Liverpool Street I think it can be overlooked by some. The Nasi Goreng and Char Kway Teow here are fab and the atmosphere is laid back and easy going. A popular lunch and after work spot for myself and colleagues as the food is served quickly but with care – definitely one for those in the know!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 5.0

Sarah R. silver reviewer 09 September 2013

I've read a couple of bad reviews on here but think the reviewers have missed the point of this place. It is ideal if you don't have much time and want to grab some hot food before going elsewhere for drinks. The service is really quick but also polite. I have only had noodles here which have always been very good. Usually a main meal and a drink comes to around £12, which in the City I think is pretty good value. I wouldn't take someone to this restaurant to impress them but if all you want is somewhere quick with reasonably priced tasty food then it is perfect!

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Sameer V. 19 July 2012

Decided to go to Ekachai for quick meal after drinks at City Babble. Unfortunately the food arrived faster than I had expected (normally take this to mean the food has been reheated rather than freshly cooked). We ordered a chicken green curry (normally a safe bet) and chicken cashew nut curry. Both dishes were awful, tasting foul and were obviously reheated from a batch made earlier rather than freshly made. I would have been fine with the food not being freshly made, but this was really bad food. We did not bother complaining to staff as they did not seem to be interested in anything. We left the meals almost untouched and the staff did not enquire why. Shows they must be used to it. We were very disappointed as had been to Ekachi many years ago and found it to be good each time I went. Now the place is a shadow of its former self and standards are pretty poor. Will definitely never go again.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Brian H. 03 April 2009

Busy and bustling canteen-style restaurant in the Metropolitan Railway Arcade close to Liverpool Street station. The staff are, if anything, over-attentive in their relentless quest to get you fed, watered and out as soon as possible, but once you become accustomed to waving them away, you can take as long as you like – and it's never a problem getting their attention when you need a top-up! Seating is communal and no place for a quiet tete-a-tete – you might end up banging elbows with some rather loud FOREX types from the surrounding banks, but at least they can be entertaining to listen to!