I was invited to try out the breakfasts at the ‘Pan Asian’ restaurant Chi Kitchen by their PR people. I invited 2 other breakfast fans to join me so that we could be get a better idea of the menu as a whole and try lots of different items. We did not pay for the food – however, regardless of this, my review will be honest, (as ever).
Firstly, its a nice place. Its very smart. As smart as the general manager, his assistants and the head chef, (who also works at Chi Kitchen in Harrods). All these people greeted us with a warm smile and tried so hard to be helpful, but not too helpful. They did a good job.
I opted to try out a couple of the dishes, starting with the South Korean Seafood Omleltte. OK, so its not my traditional type of breakfast choice, but I thought I would give it a go. Warwick opted for Kaya Toast, (a Malaysian coconut jam on 2 slices of toast), Laura had Eggs Benedict-san, (a ‘traditional’ Eggs Benedict but with salmon tataki) – I will only review my own food.
The South Korean Seafood Omelette was a bit lacking in flavour.
It was like it wasn’t seasoned, there wasn’t a lot going for it, to be honest. That said, when I reported this back the manager, he insisted that the chef make another for me to try, which I duly did. It was still far from what I expected, however, this time, it came with a soy dressing and a ginger and chilli dressing, (both on the side). This made it loads better straight away. It was still light on flavour, but the addition of the dipping sauces lifted it to another level. I couldn’t help but notice that the second omelette had more seafood and filling than the first one.
After my first, rather bland pancake, I then went on to try the Vietnamese Sausage Bun. With the exception of the cucumber, which I have a passionate hatred for, this was excellent, (so much so, I want to go out and buy some Vietnamese Sausage and make my own). It was simply lovely. I loved the heat that the sausage gives and although there wasn’t a lot of the sausage on the bun, it was just the right amount.
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Overall, we had a nice time at Chi Kitchen. Some dishes worked really well, (Vietnamese Sausage Bun, whereas some others didn’t work nearly as well. Its worth noting that the management, head chef and staff seemed really keen to hear our feedback and genuinely wanted to please, so I imagine that these dishes will improve over time.