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Offering pan-Asian street food, Kin boasts an comprehensive choice of freshly prepared dishes from Asian countries including Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. The drinks list at Kin offers Asian beers, sake and interesting wines from up and coming wineries.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:30

TUE

12:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:30

WED

12:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:30

THU

12:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:30

FRI

12:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:30

SAT

17:30 - 22:30

SUN

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By Carl S.

I have been there several times over the last year. I have now found that food is getting worse and service is terrible. Unhelpful, unfriendly and only trying to get as many bums on seats as possible. Shame as this was pretty good for a while. For the price you can now get better food in a friendlier atmosphere. Lucky we have so much choice around!


By Rebecca T.

KINs food, service and atmosphere were fantastic. We were greeted by two lovely ladies at the counter and were politely taken to our seats, which was close to the bar area, I liked that very much especially as I was with my partner and loved that we could sit side by side on the benches together. One massive turn off about this beautifully located restaurant was the way in which crockery was washed and dried..Our plates were washed directly infront of us , I thought it demonstrated unprofessionalism and lack of organization. Also, it took the servers attention away from the customers which was poor. Overall, The waitresses were lovely and the food especially the calamari was full of flavour and authenticity, definitely a go go if you love spicy food and are sick of your traditional Chinese take away restaurants. It's just bad that the washing up isn't out of site.


By D D.

Might have enjoyed it, if the restaurant hadn't cancelled my order 10mins before it was due to be delivered. Very poor.


By Simon P.

We ducked in out of the pouring rain early on a Saturday evening and were blown away by the quality and value of the food and drink on offer. The menu is straightforward and largely comprises familiar South East Asian dishes like Pad Thai and Japanese Curry but the execution of them takes Kin to another level. Particularly impressive were the starters - melt in the mouth Salt And Pepper Squid and succulent Pork Dumplings while the main courses of Beef Noodles and the weekly special of Chilli and Ginger Chicken soup were as generous as they were well cooked. Coupled with a good bottle of Tempranillo for £15, this really was just the ticket. Highly recommended.


By R C.

I loved it!! I went in for a lunch but they had great options for a 'lunch box' deal, too- such good value. Staff were friendly and attentive but not too pushy, the owners even popped over to check on our meal (but not intrusively, food was served quickly- and this was a busy lunch time! I was so impressed by the quality of the food, and the stylish surroundings. When I've been to Asian-cuisine restaurants before, I have always felt a little hemmed-in with bench-style seating, or tables right up against each other but this place- whilst serving food/drink quickly, felt more laid-back and roomy. Such a good find, I'll be going back there.


By Claire Marie S.

Serving up excellent food in stylish surroundings, Kin’s a great bet for authentic and affordable Pan-Asian cuisine. From spicy curries to noodle dishes, there’s a varied selection on the menu, and strikingly efficient service ensures it's equally as good for a quick bite as it is for leisurely dining.

The Venue
Right in the heart of Farringdon, Kin works as a great spot to wander into once you’ve had a look around Leather Lane market, or as a laid-back dinner option if you work in an office nearby. Inside, bare brick walls and wooden floors and benches contrast with the vivid red tiles around the counter, with everything illuminated by swooping, industrial lighting. Simply decorated, it’s a fairly compact and modern space, and is one that's comfortable enough to put you at ease pretty quickly.

The Atmosphere
Pleasantly busy mid-week, lively background music and the buzz of conversations from nearby tables give this place a good vibe; the atmosphere is laid-back and friendly, with staff quick to seat you and always prepared to offer advice on menu options. Don’t expect to have to wait long once you’ve ordered here, either; dishes are served pretty quickly, with the co-owners often popping over to tables to check that guests are happy with their meals too, which is a nice personal touch.

The Food
Authentic and affordable are definitely the words to sum up the pan-Asian fare at Kin; there’s a wide selection on offer, ranging from Japanese to Vietnamese and Indonesian - and it’s all really rather good. Start with a tried-and-tested classic like spring rolls or chicken satay and you should be well pleased; the satay skewers, for example, are perfectly tender and the sauce is aromatic with a slight chilli kick.

For mains, the curries here are particularly good, not least the chicken katsu curry, offering lightly breaded chicken and a lightly spiced sauce that hits the perfect mark between sweet and sour. The spicier red vegetable curry is also well worth a try, with its potent piquant tang keeping chilli fans happy. With both coming in at around the £6 mark, and served with a bowl of flavoured, delicate rice, this is certainly great value street food.

There aren’t many desserts on offer but the brilliant banana fritter with coconut ice cream on the menu ensures that this doesn’t really matter. Made according to one of the co-owners' grandmother’s traditional Vietnamese recipe, banana pieces are warmly fried in a crispy, light batter with sweet coconut ice cream on the side. It’s a dish of contrasting flavours and heats, but it really works, and is once again seriously affordable.

The Drink
With your meal, have a bottle of sake or a glass of the perfectly decent house white or rosé wines – sweet and floral, they’ll complement the food well, and are excellent value at around £4. If you’re a coffee fan, try the traditional Vietnamese black coffee on the menu. It's full of flavour and beautifully creamy, with the coffee dripping into the condensed milk at the bottom of the cup for a uniquely sharp, sweet and chocolaty taste combined with a smooth texture.

The Last Word
With a great atmosphere, perfectly attentive staff and impressive food at ideal prices, you can’t really go wrong with Kin. Whilst it might not be the place to come for high class dining, the authentic pan-Asian street food (and street food prices) ensure that you’ll be hard pushed to find better in London.

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