Chi Kitchen – Eid Menu
Yummy! The Chi Kitchen – Eid Menu in one word! We were invited to review the Eid menu for Chi Kitchen in Birmingham and we jumped at the chance. We went with high hopes, having heard so many glowing reviews of the restaurant and knowing that Ping Coombes (Masterchef winner 2014) was the executive/consultant chef. (Excited much?!) Chi offer a wide range of Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Korean and Vietnamese food and i was intrigued by the Eid menu that had been provided for us before hand.
The set menu was priced at £14.99 for a 3 course meal and a complimentary mocktail made up of mango juice, orange juice and mixed berries (aka chi kitchen paradise) and prawn crackers with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.
For the starters, we shared Smoked chicken with chopped chilli and salt and Sesame prawn spring rolls. The chicken was crisp, spicy and smoky and was served with a spicy mayonnaise and truffle oil. The spring rolls were again crispy and the prawns inside were mildly flavoured, very fresh, were topped with a chilli sauce and served with a fresh leafy salad.
For the mains we chose vegetable katsu curry with vegetable tempura and jasmine rice. I love a Katsu curry and this one didn’t disappoint with its silky, aromatic curry sauce. The vegetable tempura really elevated the dish. The vegetables included peppers, sweet potatoes and tender stem broccoli. The batter was light and crispy and gluten free! The jasmine rice that accompanied the meal was fragrant and perfectly cooked. My husband had the nonya chicken curry with roti. The roti was flaky, crispy and soft. The curry was hearty, rich and aromatic.
I love gyoza and only recently made my own (wrappers included). Gyozas are little pastry wrapped parcels that are fried and then steamed and eaten with a dipping sauce. I have always loved apple based desserts so naturally, gyoza filled with sticky, tart, sweet apples was right up my alley. We also had mango and vanilla ice cream. The gyoza tasted like an apple pie. A buttery crisp wrapper on the outside and sweet, slightly tart apples with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg throughout, what’s not to like? To top it off they were served alongside a refreshing sorbet.
I liked that the menu catered to both mine and my husbands taste and it covered vegetarian and meat options. Overall all the food tasted really fresh and light.
Chi means energy and at the moment, there seems to be a lot of the negative kind around. That teamed with the exhaustion of Ramadan, followed by the excitement of Eid, meant we were more then ready for a night off. We didn’t take the kids with us because the restaurant would have experienced a very different kind of energy had they been present. (Imagining flying plates right now). As you walk into Chi, there is a bar located to the right and seating along the opposite wall, with more seating and booths beyond the bar. The kitchen is open so you can see the chefs coking away. The general feel of Chi is very relaxed and intimate. The interior is light and modern. You would never think that it is actually located inside Debenhams and in the Bullring. In fact the only time we remembered that we were inside Debenhams was when we went in to the restaurant and when we left. Also the tannoy did go off once but we very quickly forgot about that. The restaurant otherwise, is so very calm and i felt like i was there to unwind. A window seat means that you won’t be sat near the Debenhams entrance so I recommend that you ask for that, when you go. The temperature in the restaurant was warm but whilst we were discussing this amongst ourselves, the manager was already in the middle of rectifying the situation and soon the air conditioning was on.
The waiting staff were equally attentive to all diners and knowledgeable and passionate. They spoke to us about the menu and mentioned that it included a variety of gluten free options. They also seemed to get along and everyone from the waitress to the chef were friendly, open and seemed happy to be working there. (That’s important to a HR geek like me).
There is nothing nicer then knowing that a restaurant has gone above and beyond for their customer. I felt like Chi over delivered. Not only was the food delicious, the portion sizes were huge and you felt like you were getting more than what you paid for!
As i have mentioned previously, i much prefer going out for brunch or breakfast over a main meal. The reason for that is because, i often find restaurant meals to be stuffy or contrived. I like to feel relaxed when i am out because i don’t get out as much as i used to. Chi, offered a relaxed evening with delicious food and the service exceeded my expectations.
Yes it is based in Debenhams and that did feel odd to begin with, but i soon forgot about that when i was munching on my chicken and thinking about what kitchen utensils i could coax my husband into buying for me. (I call this killing two birds with one stone.).
Do let us know if you go and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Remember the Eid menu is only on till the 10th of July so if you are in Birmingham around that time, you know what to do!
By the way have you tried this recipe from their website yet?