Put Restaurateur Eddie Lim, Masterchef winner Ping Coombes, and the senior executives of Debenhams into a single room, and you’ll end up with Chi Kitchen, a contemporary Pan-Asian restaurant in the heart of London’s retail hub. Located within the flagship store of Debenhams on Oxford Street, Chi Kitchen draws inspiration from Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Korean, Thai and Japanese cuisines, and combines them into a single, vibrant menu that spans breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Our own meal began with a helping of wagyu kushiyaki – skewers of tender wagyu beef, covered in a light and sweet soy sauce that simply tickled the palate.
Wagyu kushiyaki (£8.95)
It was the popcorn shrimp however that completely stole the show. The soft shrimp came with a light, crispy coat of batter, and each one was covered in a sweet and creamy wasabi mayonnaise. In combination with a garnish of pomegranate seeds, the flavours and textures were nothing short of divine.
Popcorn shrimp (£6.95)
For mains, we tried the succulent sliced Korean steak, which was served alongside a chive-infused mash potato. Cooked to a medium, the slices of sirloin carried a good amount of inherent flavour that was enriched by the bulgogi sauce. The chive mash however, could have done with a thicker consistency.
Korean steak with chive mash (£20)
From the extensive dessert menu, we indulged in the green tea crème brulee. Equipped with a crystallised caramel surface that broke away with ease to reveal a thick and rich custard pudding below, it carried a wonderfully strong green tea flavour.
Green tea creme brulee (£6.95)
For many Pan-Asian restaurants, their weaknesses lie in the fact that by their very nature, they try to do a lot of different things at once. Whilst this inevitably results in the downfall of many, Chi Kitchen, manages to do justice to the cuisines they combine.
Must-Try Dish: Popcorn shrimp – sweet, creamy, crispy (£6.95).
Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, Alcohol Served
Halal Dining Club members can enjoy an exclusive offer as below. Offer conditions are as follows:
- This offer is valid exclusively to Halal Dining Club users (download the app or register on website)
- Reservation needed, quote “Chihalal” when you make the booking to claim your discount
- This offer is valid on your first visit only
- This offer only available for dine in option
- This offer not valid in conjunction with any other offer
- This offer not valid on “Asian afternoon tea” menu
Simply make your reservation at http://www.chikitchen.co.uk/booking/ and receive an instant confirmation. Or call 0203 841 6888