The team behind Thai institution, Mango Tree, have now opened the doors to Chi Kitchen, a new pan-Asian restaurant located in Debenhams Oxford Street.
The diverse all day menu begins with innovative breakfast options including matcha granola and Korean omelette with seafood and continues with a lunch and dinner menu designed to take diners on a journey through South East Asia with dishes as varied as roasted duck buns, Nyonya chicken curry, Korean steak and Yellowfin sashimi.
Chi Kitchen, a new pan-Asian restaurant, is now open on the ground floor of Debenhams’ flagship Oxford Street store. The dining concept and brand are exclusive to Debenhams, with a further site also open in Debenhams Birmingham. Debenhams have enlisted restaurateur Eddie Lim, owner of Thai institution; Mango Tree restaurant in Belgravia.
Chi Kitchen serves a diverse all-day dining menu influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine, guiding guests on a culinary journey through South East Asia. Dishes are served with modern presentation but maintain authentic tastes with the freshest produce.
The Oxford Street restaurant, designed by Harrison, has its own designated entrance from Henrietta Place as well as access from within the Beauty Hall. The overall design scheme is relaxed, with a limited palette of quality finishes; slate, concrete, copper, oak and leather provides decoration in varying textures and simple forms. With 68 covers, the restaurant has a range of seating options; deep upholstered window booths, high stools at a dining counter, and surrounding timber tables and chairs.
The dining counter doubles as a sushi bar, and delivers freshly prepared sushi and sashimi, while an open-plan robata grill is a focal point, allowing guests a glimpse into the kitchen where chefs display theatrical live cooking.
Open throughout store hours, the menu at Chi Kitchen offers breakfast, served from 9.30am until 11.30am. Unique pan-Asian breakfast dishes include Korean omelette with seafood – prepared similarly to Pajeon, a Korean green onion pancake, rice porridge with chicken and matcha granola. The rest of the menu is suited to lunch or dinner and is divided into sections of small plates such as various spring rolls, salads including seaweed salad and pomelo and prawn and micro salad and a selection of dim sum.
The menu features larger dishes such as items from the grill: beef kushiyaki, Korean steak with Bulgogi sauce and seabass with chilli and lime, and noodle dishes: Vietnamese pho (chicken or beef). A small selection of desserts including apple gyoza with vanilla ice cream are also on offer and the restaurant is fully licensed to serve a variety of wines. The drinks menu incorporates speciality teas and popular bubble teas in both milk and fruit varieties. Chi Kitchen also offers the full menu to take away, via a ‘grab and go’ counter.
Chi Kitchen is set to provide shoppers and locals with a diverse and affordable dining experience suitable for any time of the day, in a modern and attractive setting offering a serene haven away from the hubbub of Europe’s busiest shopping street.