Last week I was invited back to chi kitchen to check out the new Christmas menu, with a twist. The small restaurant chain have mixed together their original Asian Fusion menu with a traditional Christmas lunch staple Turkey. The #xmaswithatwist menu is a set menu of three courses for £28 per person.
The three starters were served to share and consisted of sweet potato fries with mixed berry mayonnaise, turkey sliders and chilli prawns. Unfortunately the fries were incredibly soggy and not at all which is a slight disappointment. The turkeys sliders were enjoyable but I found the brioche bun didn’t quite work. The prawns on the other hand completely stole the show! Deep-fried with chilli. garlic, onions, spring onions, walnuts and salt and pepper they came third with a chili lime sauce that had quite a kick. My only complaint there would be that they weren’t enough of them!
We also got to try the restaurants special Christmas cocktail – the festively named Sweet Snow. It’s not for the faint hearted containing multiple spirits but it will certainly warm you up from the inside out.
Next we were treated to three mains accompanied by egg fried rice with snow peas. More Turkey as a traditional Christmas this time grilled served with a kalamsani sauce. I found parts of the turkey incredibly fatty whereas other slices were perfect. The sauce reminded me of a really delicious teriyaki which I really enjoyed however I thought it was more suited paired with the salmon.
A succulent fillet of yuzu salmon that was to die for. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of salmon as a fish. Similarly though, the yuza sauce which was almost like a satay went incredibly well with the Turkey so we did a little cheeky swapperoo of our own.
Finally definitely the standout main dish in terms of looks; two giant choo chee prawns! These were cooked to perfection and incredibly juicy. Thinking about the makes me hungry all over again!
As if that wasn’t enough though we’re still pudding to come, Chi kitchens very own walnut chocolate brownie served with the most incredible blood orange and star anise custard. A stodgy end to the meal as the Brownie portion was incredibly generous but so good you couldn’t resist just one more mouthful!
We definitely left feeling completely satiated. I do have to say though, that I didn’t feel that the Chi Christmas menu lived up to the expectations of their regular menu which I still continue a recommend to friends looking for somewhere to eat in the area.
334-348 Oxford Street