The restaurant group, which launched in 1999, specialises in Thai, Malay and Cantonese cuisine and serves dishes that are a tribute to the humble hawker stalls and indulgent comfort-food spots found across south-east Asia.
Popular menu items include tom yum prawn noodles soup, wok fried rice and noodle dishes such as chicken mee goreng, wok stir fry dishes such as sambal udang and beef in chilli paste, and a range of Thai and Malaysian curries.
Ekachai currently operates four sites across the capital in Liverpool Street, Wandsworth, Flat Iron Square and on the fourth floor of department store Selfridges. Its fifth will open at 62-68 York Way.
It is the latest restaurant to be confirmed for King’s Cross, which is currently undergoing development at both its Granary Square location and adjoining Coal Drops Yard, dubbed the largest mixed-use development in single ownership in central London for more than 150 years.
Last month Caprice Holdings announced it was launching a new restaurant brand at the former site of Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store. Granary Square Brasserie will open on 6 December.
Venues so confirmed for Coal Drops Yard include a new site for Columbo Group, which operates the Blues Kitchen and Jazz Cafe venues, while Tom Dixon is taking the space previously set aside for Jamie Oliver at the Fish & Coal buildings. Chef Stevie Parle, who has just opened Pastaio in Soho and who is in partnership with Dixon at his Dock Kitchen and Craft restaurants, has been rumoured to be joining forces with the designer once again.