I absolutely love discovering new restaurants. The idea of finding new restaurants in a great location, with friendly staff and delicious food is all I really need in life to make me happy. Food is, and probably always be, one of my loves in life.
In the nearly two years that I worked in Oxford Street, I didn’t really go around checking out cuisines that were dotted around the place. So when I heard about Chi Kitchen, a Pan-Asian restaurant located on the ground floor of Debenhams flagship Oxford Street store I had to go with my mum – she loves the cuisine as much as I do!
If you’re looking for a place to retreat from the hustle and bustle that is W1 you’re going to find it here. You would think that being a restaurant literally, in Debenhams, and with a separate entrance less than a minute off Oxford Street, the restaurant would have a sort of “we’re a restaurant in Central London” kind of vibe, but no. I don’t know whether it was the decor, or what but as soon as we stepped in we felt this sense calm relief, and for a Friday evening it was definitely a good way to start the weekend.
When it comes to Asian or Pan-Asian cuisines I absolutely love them, but I’m guilty of sticking to what I know, so when I was told that any recommendations or ‘specials’ were in a gold coloured font, it was only right to make sure I had a pretty equal mix to get the full experience.
Usually restaurants I go to don’t tend to have a lot of small dishes or starters to choose from, but I was completely overwhelmed with just how much choice there was and we had to read everything about three times before either of us came close to making a decision.
What we ordered:
Starters for sharing
- Prawn Tempura
- Popcorn Shrimp (special)
- Dim Sum Platter (special)
Small Plates – Robata BBQ:
- Grilled Tiger Prawns
- Chicken Yakitori
- Chicken Satay
- Prawn Cha Keow Teow (special)
- Chicken Kung Po
- Grilled Asparagus
- Baby Pak Choi
I was going to order the Sweet and Sour Chicken with Egg Fried Rice, like I said before, I’m guilty of going with what I know and love, but the chef came over and suggested the Cha Keow Teow and it just sounded so good, and if the chef recommends are you reaaalllyyyy going to say no?! All I can say is, he didn’t steer me wrong.
Seriously, if ever there was a time to shout out to the staff, it’s now because everyone was so friendly – and when I was trying to take photos of the mains and sides, I was even given dry ice! – Which is something that I am still revelling in because it made it all look soooo good.
Value for money wise, it was perfect, I mean we did get quite a bit of food and, as you can imagine, we were completely full by the end of it all – but it was worth it.
The food was amazing, and from the first bite of the starters we were in heaven, literally every dish was packed with flavour but didn’t overwhelm or take anything away from another. I’ll definitely be going back, but I think I’ll be pacing myself and probably sticking to a whole load small plates and drinks.
*Our meal was complimentary in return for my honest review | All images are my own