After travelling around South East Asia and China a few years ago, I became hooked on the tasty local cuisine. When I saw the menu for Chi Kitchen (chi meaning energy in Chinese), a contemporary pan-Asian restaurant covering Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean food I was rather excited, but also had the dilemma of what to order.
I love food sharing so I chose a few small dishes – obviously the standard spiced prawn crackers with sweet chilli & spicy mayo dips and then (1) the deep-fried baby squid with sea salt and cracked pepper, served with sweet chilli sauce (2) the honey glazed roasted (3) Wagyu beef puffs with sesame seeds (4) chicken and prawn dim sum and the (5) chicken yakitori marinated in sweet soy sauce. I particularly rated the squid (which had a kick with some chilli too) and the dim sum. I also spied some really fresh looking sushi and sashimi being served at a table near by.
Moving on to the mains, we chose the sea bass with lemongrass and garlic served with lime and seafood sauce and the signature chicken katsu curry with steamed jasmine rice. Both were impressive dishes and the katsu curry was just like one I had in Japan, which is always a good sign!
We had a lovely experience at Chi Kitchen with a modern light interior, good service and great food (unsurprising as the menu is created by Masterchef 2014 winner Chef Ping Coombes). It is on the slightly pricier side (especially if you order a few dishes) but they do offer set priced menus so keep an eye out.
Chi Kitchen is part of the Debenhams brand and is located on the ground floor (off Oxford Street) or accessible via Marylebone Lane.