After mutual consultation, we settled for a selection of starters followed by the main courses. The crackers and dip with spicy mayo and truffle oil and sweet chilli kicked started the evening, followed by chicken satay, edamame beans, tempura prawn and Chi Kitchen sushi roll.
Somehow, we managed to sneak in a sweet roti in condensed milk which is often eaten for breakfast. Great if you have an incredibly sweet tooth. It actually felt great to cleanse the palette by default as there was a real mixture of subtle flavours in all the starters, each unique in its own right. For me, the clear starter winner was the prawns. I could have easily eaten a plateful of those alone.
The mains came in the shape of Nyona Malaysian chicken curry, Szechuan beef, accompanied by a side of steamed jasmine rice and egg rice. The meal was completed with grilled asparagus. The latter felt slightly misplaced with the rest of the dinner as the rest complimented each other. The chicken curry was seriously good with a hint of chilli that gave it some welly.
The portions were just right, however, having had a fill of the starters, we found it had to finish off the food. Eyes are seriously bigger than the belly.
Jointly owned by restaurateur Eddie Lim and entrepreneur Stan Myerson, this department store restaurant delivered a lot more than I expected. The food was well cooked, beautifully presented and tasted divine. Did we walk away with lots of energy? Well, we certainly felt fueled for the next 24 hours or so.
Chi Kitchen – Where and How?
Chi Kitchen is located at 334-348 Oxford Street, London, W1C 1JG.
For more information, visit www.chikitchen.co.uk. To book a table, e-mail [email protected] or call 020 3841 6888.