Last week I was invited along to check out Chi Kitchen which was the perfect excuse for a catchup with my friend Michael who I hadn’t seen in months. Even if you’re in the know about London food joints you may not have heard of Chi Kitchen because of its location – inside Debenhams on Oxford Street. Bit random eh? But actually tucked away in the back corner of the department store and with its own direct entrance from the street the place feels a million miles away from its true busy location. Even better the food was top-notch!
It took us a very long time to decide what to have as the entire menu looked incredible but with glasses of prosecco to sip and some prawn crackers to nibble on as we did so it wasn’t exactly a hardship! In the end we ordered food that we could share so that we could try lots of things and unsurprisingly ended up ordering far too blooming much!
We had the fried platter to start – a selection of popcorn shrimp, smoked chicken, duck spring rolls and prawn spring rolls. This is a truly excellent sharing dish with its generous portions and ideal for those who can’t decide exactly what it is that they want and although it says for two people you could probably get away with one platter between two.
The prawn spring rolls were the stand out dish for me stuffed with big juicy prawns and served with a delicious sweet chilli dipping sauce.
Of course we had to try the restaurants signature sushi dish the chi kitchen roll – vegetable stuffed maki rolls topped with thin slices of delicate fish, colourful roe and presented most elegantly on slate with some dry ice for decoration.
Again the portion was incredibly generous and you could tell how fresh the fish was,
Pretending to be slightly healthy we’d also ordered a side of grilled tenderstem broccoli but after a mix-up with the kitchen were served grilled asparagus instead. Rather than let the asparagus go to waste we were left with both dishes and given that asparagus is my favourite vegetable ever this was music to my ears.
A side of noodles was a completely unnecessary addition but delicious all the same – they were the soft, squidgy kind with a good ratio of noodle to veg.
But my absolute favourite dish of the evening was the wagyu beef kushiyaki – cubes of beef, skewered and marinated in a sweet sticky soy sauce – coming from someone who is more often than not a chicken or fish kind of girl that’s saying something.
The meat was incredibly tender and the sauce gave it such a wonderful flavour. Combined with the asparagus for a bit of crunch (which as mentioned already is my favourite vegetable) I thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful despite being very close to bursting. It’s definitely my most highly recommended dish of the many that we tried!
Unsurprisingly there was no room for dessert but Michael and I are already planning our return to give their sharing dessert platter a whirl.
334-348 Oxford Street