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  • Unit 176
    Brick Lane

    London E1 6RU
    Brick Lane, Shoreditch
  • Transit information Circle District Hammersmith & City Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7247 7587
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  • Business website kinkao.co.uk
  • “Seriously the starters were amazing to begin with and the entrees were absolutely amazing.” in 3 reviews

  • “The food was delicious, I had the crab for starters and a sea bass for the main course, my partner had the chicken satay and a cashew nut curry for his main.” in 2 reviews

  • “We entered into their restaurant and was mesmerized by their wooden furnishing and only to realised they got it handcrafted and shipped from Thailand.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    17/2/2014

    I had a great experience at Kinkao. The food was amazing and the staff was both friendly and service minded. I can highly recommend this place.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/5/2014

    The restaurant has a very warm feel and is cosy but the food is not all that.

    Wouldn't go back again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    It is mind blowing to see how much Kinkao has invested into their restaurant. We entered into their restaurant and was mesmerized by their wooden furnishing and only to realised they got it handcrafted and shipped from Thailand. Tables and chairs of beautifully carved pictures conveying Thai culture. It was one of the restaurant that most attracted our eye whilst walking down Brick Lane and hence how we found this gem.
    But could the decor just be compensating it's quality of food? Not at all. Instead I can say it is probably one of the best Thai restaurants in London. Quality and flavour is very present at this restaurant. We started with our starters and first to arrive were our satay seafood and thai fishcakes in lovely wooden stands. The skewers consisted of squid and prawn, all very fresh and plumb. They cooking time was perfect to retain it's juices for that ncie bouncy texture. The satay sauce was also housemade, generous with the peanuts so it nice and chunky. Some can be quite sickly but they got the flavours just right on this one.
    I would have preferred if the fishcake was more thicker so it had a better bite but for what we got it was very good, also plumb and bouncy and seasoned well. It also tasted freshly made and not fried beforehand like some I've have. My Tom Kha soup was also delicious, fragrant of coconut, creamy and with a lot of depth from the generous ingredients used to give it's different notes of flavour. There was a good amount of heat to it, not burning but enough to get your tongue buzzing.
    With such a successful round of starters we were really looking forward to the mains. First to arrive was our impressively large char-grilled seabass served whole. I always love my fishes served whole and it is the authentic way to serve fish in the oriental cuisine.The seabass was prepared well, seasoned beforehand so the flavours really came through. The skin was perfectly crisp, seabass fresh so it was very flaky and moist. It came with more fish sauce but it really wasn't needed as it was already well flavoured. The spice was mild but I liked it that way.
    My favourite had to be the lamb shank. The fat must have permeated the meat as it was lovely and tender, sweet and juicy. The thai red curry sauce itself was also lovely, not synthetic but creamy with a hint of sweetness. It really well with the lamb shank adding a more buttery texture to the already soft and moist meat. It also came with some side vegetables of plain cooked carrots and broccoli which was I was dipping into the sauce. It made the dish less heavy which was very thoughtful.
    We also ordered a veggie dish of  sweet and sour fried vegetable.I was disappointed that the tofu wasn't fresh though but the frozen quality where there was more skin than the soft silky tofu itself and instead chewy and dry. The rest of dish was great though, generously portioned and an abundance of fresh vegetables beautifully cut up and the sweet and sour made it all very appetising.
    With that I had the garlic whislt my boyfriend ordered some Thai sticky rice. I wish they used the Thai fragrant rice variety but instead it was more long grain rice. But my garlic rice was still very pleasing, not too oily and subtle hints of garlic so it's not overpowering the mains when accompanying them.
    But my boyfriend was really disappointed with his sticky rice as it was over steamed in the bamboo container it came in so became very dry and chewy. It was near impossible to separate the rice so he left his unfinished.
    But overall the meal was fantastic and a high appraisal on the level of cooking and the attention to detail. Food presentation was amazing, each presented like a piece of artwork with the use of vegetables to colour each dish and the portion generous. The menu was greatly decorated too in a nice cover, extensive but I do recommend having more unique dishes different to the other hundreds of Thai restaurant in London.
    Service was friendly and although English was none of their first language it made the meal feel more authentic. My boyfriend funnily enough ordered milk and as confused as they were they still catered it and presented it in a very nice cappuccino cup.
    With just little improvements needed in certain places l I can see this Thai becoming more popular as it is already getting very good reviews. It is in a weird location on Brick Lane market but its not like it has any competitors nearby.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/1/2014

    I had the lunch deal which is currently approx £8.50 for a starter and a main - this comes from a slightly reduced menu in the usual manner.

    I had the vegetarian Pad See-ew and some deep-fried fish cakes. Loved the Pad See-Ew but the fish cakes were a little small. Jasmine tea on the side took me over £10, but extremely good value and friendly service means that I would definitely come again.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/1/2014

    We were walking down Brick Lane, a bit disappointed, because after hearing the neighbourhood was so nice our expectations were high. All those pushy guys trying to get you into their restaurant - we did not like that at all. Suddenly there was this cute little Thai restaurant without those annoying people and we decided to go in. The staff was very friendly and polite and the food came really quickly. And gosh, it was AMAZING!!! Seriously, the best Thai food I have ever tasted and it looked nice too. And it was not that expensive at all! I can highly recommend this place: the food is great and the service is perfect for not too high a price.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/3/2013
    Seated via OpenTable 1 check-in here

    I had a lunch meeting in the area and I was told that this place serves up some seriously great Thai Food. I was not lied too.

    Kinkao is one of those spot that maybe tries a little too hard with atmosphere (each table is individually carved with designs below a glass plate, which comes off a little bit cheesy) but it's a nice kind of over-effort. Like they want you to have a very good time with some very good food.

    And the food is very very good.

    They run great lunch specials. I can't remember exactly the price (I believe it was about £9) but I got a small starter, main and drink included and it was fantastic. I always go with a Pad Thai with chicken staple at a new Thai spot and it was delicious. Not too sweet or spicy and great sticky noodles. Yum. For the starter I went with the spring rolls, which were fine, nothing to write home about. I should have went with the corn cake though that my associate got, because they were phenomenal.

    We got there at 2, not knowing that they close at 2:30 and then reopen again at 5:30pm. They were nice enough to let us start until 3pm but then really threw us out. Fair enough, just know the time when you are going.

    I would stop back in without question, if for no other reason than that great lunch special with great lunch food.

    • Qype User rogerc…
    • Reading
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    • 2 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    30/6/2011

    We popped into this Thai restaurant wile on a visit to Shoreditch and were very pleased with our meal. It was our first visit to Brick lane and although the area does look very run down and almost a bit rough there appeared to be more Indian restaurants there than we have seen anywhere else.

    We chose the Kinkao mainly because it was the nearest to our car and we fancied a Thai meal. The staff were very polite and friendly and were happy to advise us on popular meals. We chose a mixed starter and although in the Thai language it looked very unusual in reality is was Spring Rolls, Sesame Prawns, Chicken Satay and a few other snacks. The Stuffed Chicken wings were something we hadn't tried before but it was excellent.

    Our main course was sliced beef in vegetables, Chicken and cashewnuts and rice. We had drinks with the meal followed by coffee and the whole lot was about £45 for two - excellent value.

    If you do go to Brick lane for a meal then we recommend you take the time to explore the area, it is quite interesting! Great for young people with lots of outside bars, clubs and casual eating places.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/12/2012

    We, too, stumbled into this place during a stroll on Brick Lane and we were glad we did. Authentic Thai food in a pretty restaurant with lovely decoration and atmosphere. We tried various curries which were all yummy. The highlight is the coconut rice, oh dear! I don't remember ever ever eating rice as good as this! I ended up eating rice and curry separately because both were soo good and I couldn't bring myself to mix them;) Only the service is not very consistent and varied from a friendly welcome to a very shirty treatment when we couldn't immediately decide on the type of rice we wanted. Therefore only 4 stars from us.

    • Qype User Mirand…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 1 review
    5.0 star rating
    11/1/2013

    The best Thai food I've ever eaten was in a small beachside restaurant in Pattaya, it was cooked pretty much in front of you as the kitchen was open. The smell of the cooking food was almost too much to take and we were starving by the time it got to us. The food itself was just about perfect.
    I haven't found anywhere that matched that so far but this place did come close.
    We intended to go for an Indian as we were in Brick Lane but when we passed this place it looked beautiful with lots of decorations and fruit carvings in the windows.
    I convinced my partner to try this and it was a good decision. The food was delicious, I had the crab for starters and a sea bass for the main course, my partner had the chicken satay and a cashew nut curry for his main. The bass came on a wonderful raised metal plate with a candle inside either to keep it warm or to make it look nice!
    The food was probably the second best Thai I've had, after the beachside restaurant in Pattaya.
    Our bill with drinks included came to just about £38 for the two of us so while not as cheap as in Thailand, it was definetly good value for money here in London.
    If you're looking for a good place to have a Thai meal I don't think you'll be disappointed if you choose to come here.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/8/2012
    First to Review

    The second best Thai food place I've ever been to!!  Seriously the starters were amazing to begin with and the entrees were absolutely amazing.  The staff was not only very friendly, but made sure we had water constantly and asked us if our food was good.  The ambience was also very lovely due to the beautiful native Thailand designed chairs and tables.  The menu was even decorated beautifully!  Please come here if you want Thai!  You are in for a great treat!

    • Qype User jtelev…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/10/2011

    This is my local Thai place  it opened about a year ago and has quickly become my favourite restaurant for a casual catch up with friends. I had my birthday there recently as I knew it was a place everyone could afford and that the food and service would be great. The staff are super friendly  would honestly be difficult to find more friendly restuarant staff anywhere else in London. The food is delicious and very reasonably priced  I am slowly working my way thorugh the menu but have generally been impressed with the quality of everything I have eaten and the generous servings. They also do takeaway which is great for when I don't have the time or energy to cook. This place is a much welcome change from a lot of the lower quality restaurants on Brick Lane.

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