If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that on Tuesday, Stew and I enjoyed dinner out, at Chi Kitchen. Located on the ground floor of Debenhams’ flagship store on Oxford Street, Chi Kitchen boasts a Pan-Asian menu of dishes from Korea, China and Malaysia to name a few.
I was fortunate enough to join a host of food bloggers, and Masterchef winner Ping Coombes, last year at Chi Kitchen, for a wonderful evening of food, drink and entertainment. So I was very excited to go back and try new dishes on the menu.
On this occasion, our fantastic waitress – Natasha, talked us through the menu, giving us recommendations based on her personal favourite dishes, plus any recent new additions. This was extremely helpful to also gauge the size of the dishes and roughly how many to choose.
To start, we chose the spiced prawn crackers (or rather I chose – I always have to have prawn crackers to snack on in an Asian restaurant), tuna tataki with wasabi and orange ponzu, king crab croquettes and chicken yakitori. For both of us, the king crab croquettes were the star of the show! Served in threes, we couldn’t decide who should have the last one as it was so delicious, so we split it in half and fought over the larger piece! The chicken yakitori was also lovely and reminded us of the many robata restaurants that we visited in Japan a couple of years ago. Very authentic!
For mains we decided to choose two to share and a side of garlic pak choi on the recommendation of Natasha. We opted for the Korean beef steak, which was served with Bulgogi sauce on a bed of chive mash. This was a really unusual dish, almost fusing the Korean techniques with English ingredients, but it worked perfectly. The mash complimented the beef and the sauce was delicious.
However, if you’re looking for something more unusual, perhaps that you haven’t tried before, go for the Nasi Lemak. This wonderful Malaysian plate of food was not only a joy to look at but also to eat! Each element of the dish is served separately on the same plate, allowing you to really taste and enjoy the individual flavours and create your own mouthwatering mouthfuls. In essence the dish consisted off two chicken drumsticks in a curry sauce, coconut rice, fresh slices of cucumber, soft boiled egg, sambal sauce and ikan bilis – a mixture of unsalted peanuts and dried anchovies (a popular snack in Singapore). This dish for us was the winner! It was great to try something authentic to it’s region, and a dish we had never even heard of before. If you love authentic Asian food, this is the dish for you.
I almost forgot about drinks! To drink I chose a Lychee Kir Royal and Stew chose an Aperol Spritz. For dessert we shared a sweet milk tea and a green tea Baked Alaska! The perfect way to end a lovely meal.