KIN – meaning “eat” in Thai
Since my offices moved to Farringdon last year I have limited myself to the amount of lunches I have from the street market and restaurants along Leather Lane. If I hadn’t I would be the size of a house right now! There’s a range of cuisines on offer with vendors setting up stalls throughout or towards the end of the week meaning there’s no need to have the same pack of sandwiches from Pret or soup from EAT every day (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
I decided to take my team out for a bit of a catch up this week and had been wanting to return to KIN, a family run Asian Street Food restaurant, ever since going there on a first date with my boyfriend. The girls picked it out of a few options in the area which pleased me immensely and off we went. You can’t book at lunchtime as they have such a busy walk in trade and operate on a first come first serve basis, but you can book in the evening through Opentable. We arrived just before 1pm and luckily were seated straight away.
The aroma from the moment you walk in is fresh and traditionally Asian with lemongrass, lime and coriander hitting the senses. The place is buzzing with walk in takeaway lunchers and tables swiftly being occupied with people like us sitting down to enjoy their lunch more leisurely. KIN’s menu is made up of a selection of soup, salad, noodles and rice dishes with a range of fresh fruit juices and even wider selection of tea to choose from. The dishes span across Asia from Thailand to Vietnam and China to Japan.
Similar to my first visit I chose a main from the specials menu, Scissor Noodles with chicken. A spicy wok fried noodle dish cooked with sambal, and a traditional Burmese street food. The dish certainly had a warming kick of chilli but balanced with an abundance of light noodles, chicken, eggs, fresh juicy peppers, spring onion and bean sprouts. Not too dissimilar to Pad Thai but the touch of vinegar to finish the dish off gives it a different slightly sour edge. The portion sizes are huge here and I only managed about two thirds of my plate and that was over eating! For £9.00 this was truly great quality and value for money.
If the Massaman is ever on the specials menu be sure to order it, was divine on my first visit here!
KIN, 88 Leather Lane, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 7TT
Follow them on Twitter – @KINStreetFood