KIN

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£25 and under
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Thai

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If Asian street food is what you crave, then KIN in London’s Clerkenwell is the very thing. The KIN kitchen offers authentic pan-Asian street food from Thailand, Japan, China and Vietnam, among others. KIN’s ethos is simple, fresh and healthy – with lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. The drinks list complements everything perfectly as it includes a good selection of craft beers, artisan teas, Vietnamese coffee as well as wines from emerging vineyards. The décor is casual and smart, with stripped brick walls and wooden floors, white paint and vibrant detailing. This stylish air conditioned spot is relaxed and welcoming, a delight among street food restaurants in general.
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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food portions are huge! We could have shared one between two of us. The food was tasty and authentic - and very fairly priced. I marked down slightly for service as one of the waiters was a little abrupt and service was a bit slow when we wanted to get more water/the bill etc but apart from that we had a great meal. Thank you.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thai place, that does classics as well as some of the lesser known dishes. Been a few times and the quality is always great! Nice atmosphere and lovely staff, I can highly recommend!

c
London
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely venue, romantic and warm. Pad Thai was awesome. Chicken leg dish was a bit dry.
Mocktails were awesome!

LK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

GP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is excellent and the there is a lot of variety. Service was good and had a really lovely night

LR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Massive portions here. I came for lunch and couldn't finish my noodles. It's a good place for a payday lunch with a pal.

EO
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with very generous portions and friendly staff! Was fairly loud but that just goes to show that everyone was having a good time! Would highly recommend to anyone.

A
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

They accommodated a large booking well, there were 12 of us. They did forget one dish but discounted 50% for that plate to make up for it. It was a nice gesture but a shame it happened. Food overall was good, 'poo sacks' still in the prawns which wasn't ideal and I would expect to be taken out in a restaurant. Small cozy restaurant, nice decor and good selection of drinks.

KO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and great atmosphere. Friendly staff. Very busy but we knew it could be so booked in advance. Highly recommend.

CE
London
108 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a good time. Food was tasty. We had the chilli oil wontons (veggie) which was good although can't taste much of the filling as the yum sauce is quite strong. But its yum. Also had veggie potstickers and for me the pastry is just that tad thick but it's a personal preference. Mains were the week's special pad cha with Prawns which was good and the pork belly pad krapao which was yum again, the sauce was sweet but not too sweet and moreish. My egg looked like a bit got lost on the way to the table and wasn't resting on my rice like my friends prawn dish. But no matter as the yolk was still runny and I just put the small egg on my rice and my friend gave me her yolk haha. Quite a bit of onion in my dish which on reflection was probably to compensate for the fact I asked for no bell peppers. Again, no matter as my dinner mate was happily swapping them for the green beans in hers. Win win. Wasn't spicy though as described on the menu... Could have done with more spice for me but was very tasty anyhow with some good melting fat on the meat too. Best thing, that.

S
London
25 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely setting, very friendly and extra helpful staff .

ST
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal all round!

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked through Open Table 30 mins before the reservation time. When I arrived with my party of 3, we didn't have a table because of the delay apparently through the app. I was embarrassed and we left .. the alternative was a 45 minute wait. It's not so much Kin's fault but the App, but you need to make your guests aware of this so we don't arrive and you can't accommodate us. And I certainly don't want to receive a "how was your dinner?' email when I clearly wasnt there. All just a bit of a disappointing experience really.

MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is excellent as always but the portions seem to be getting smaller and therefore, value for money is going down...

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The staff handled seating process very poorly, seated other tables before us and made a fuss about us giving up the table in 1 hour despite us having a reservation and the slow service. Typically love KIN and the relaxed ambience and service so was sad to have such an odd experience!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great staff & good location

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My friend and I visited for a the third time and the meal was really disappointing. My friend had noodles, which she said were very greasy. I had one of the specials, a beef meatball and brisket soup. The broth was nice, the meatballs pretty tasteless and the brisket was SO fatty - I know it should have some fat running through it but most of it was inedible.

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

KIN never disappoints. Food is always incredibly good - which explains why it's always packed and you should book a table or be prepared to wait up to 15-minute wait at lunchtime (but so worth it)!

JJ
London
30 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good Food and value. Very busy lunchtimes and service still good.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, staff were friendly and helpful. Good quality of food.

E
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious. Service was quick and efficient, the waitress checked up on us and made sure everything was alright. The 4/5 stars rather than 5 for service is simply because there was some confusion with getting us our bill and I had to flag someone down to get some more water a few times throughout the meal but honestly that’s just nitpicking. It was a lovely place and I’ll definitely go back if I find myself in Farringdon. Thank you!

DO
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great vibe, great price!

MW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was delicious, waiters were initially friendly but hosting 14 of us seemed to get rather complicated for the waitressing team and so it took a long time to get settled. We also only got part of the deposit back, as 2 of our teammates were unable to make it - which seems slightly unfair given how large our party was! Would recommend but it's a small place so smaller groups definitely easier to accommodate

UJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A cosy and lively restaurant. Good food and menu selection, and decent portion size! Great value. Will definitely go back

P
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is a great place for lunch or dinner - some interesting food, and friendly service

FK
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food here is great, but the staff were inattentive and somewhat rude.

S
London
33 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our food and the pad Thai was really nice. Not too spicy but had a good kick to it.
Service was good but felt they wanted our table back as it did get busy towards the end of our meal.
I would recommend and I would go back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Had to pre-order, since we had a larger group at peak time, but it meant we were served quicker and more time to socialise with each other

z
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the ambience was perfect. Make sure you book as it's very busy at lunchtime!

n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The pad Thai was spicier than previous times so I was taken by surprise. Noodles are fresh and service was good

MY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was my second visit to Kin, it has been a while since the first but the food was just as good as i remember it.
The chicken wings are amazing, so make sure you get yourself some of them. All the other items we ordered we good too but the Chicken wings stood out. Something I didn't expect was the size of the Calamari starter. The portion was great but the size of the actual pieces were a little overwhelming and I think it would be nice if the time was taken to cut them a little smaller.
The service is a little rushed if I am honest, this isn't a complaint - I also don't expect to receive an email, call and text from a restaurant to ensure we are coming. It would be good if you only opted for the text option in future. My only small niggle is - please could you make regular mojitos, when we asked the waitress she said no. It would be fine in any other instance but you have lychee Mojitos on your menu, what does one do when they are allergic to Lychee?

V
London
40 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Starters tasted great.
Main courses lacked flavour and seasoning. Chicken is precooked and added in.

KIN
Responded on 19 November 2019

Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Having looked into this, I can see you ordered the spicy chilli yaki udon dish to be made milder/non-spicy. In hindsight, our team should have warned you that by requesting a less/non-spicy version, most of the flavour from the dish would be lost/removed. We have since retrained the staff & adjusted the menu description. I would also add that customers are very welcome to send dishes back if they are unhappy with it. Thanks.

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M
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good Vietnamese although some dishes are spicy so careful about what to order if yo don’t like that.
Good service, nice staff and all pretty quick.

KIN
Responded on 19 November 2019

Hi Mary, thank you for your kind words and positive review. Yes, some of the dishes are quite spicy, I hope everything was ok for you on the night. There are quite a few dishes we can make milder and a handful where we can make it non-spicy aswell. Many thanks

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VP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent little place with fantastic food and service.

KIN
Responded on 19 November 2019

Hi Vinny, thank you for your kind words and for choosing KIN. We're really pleased you and your friends had a great time.

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HM
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We made a booking on a Friday at KIN and the table was ready when we arrived. Staff were very friendly and service was prompt and good. The duck spring rolls were delightful and my singapore noodles were delicious. My friend had another curried noodle dish which was a bit too spicy for her so if you don't like much spice best to ask! Cocktails were nice too. I would go back. Good value for money.

KIN
Responded on 19 November 2019

Thanks Helen, we're really pleased to hear you had a good time.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great small restaurant with nice staff and delicious food.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

They gave my vegetarian friend, chicken accidentally, then when we tried to swap it the waitress was incredibly rude before deciding to finally get us a new Pad Thai without chicken.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food NEVER disappoints! Service is friendly and efficient. Very popular so best to book or arrive at 12 noon!

JS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!! Especially as they have finally started to do milder versions of the super spicy dishes!!

RW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, great restaurant, a small cosy dining room so can be a bit noisy but for a street thai restaurant that's what I'd expect.