CHI KITCHEN in Debenhams - BIRMINGHAM & LONDON

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On my recent trip to Birmingham, I got the chance to eat at this Halal restaurant called Chi Kitchen inspired by Chinese, Thai, Korean and Malaysian cuisine. I was really excited to try the food at Chi Kitchen because it serves Halal Pan Asian cuisine in Birmingham and my husband is really fond of it.

The diverse and exotic menu of Chi Kitchen has been created by the MasterChef Winner (2014), Ping Coombes and he is also the Executive Chef of the restaurant. Oh, and were you aware that Chi means energy in Chinese and the symbol that you can see in the photo above means fire. 

Location & Parking:

Located inside Debenhams at the Bull Ring Shopping center in Birmingham, Chi Kitchen has a very strategic location because that's the place where loads of locals and the tourists can be seen. Bull Ring has all the known brands and is pretty much a shopper's dream place to be.
There are many car parks in the Birmingham city center but I can't really tell you about the nearest one because we had parked our car next to the hotel we were we staying in, and decided to walk to the Bull Ring, just to see the place around, instead of going there by car. However, the train station is really REALLY near so and it's just like you pop out of there and you can see the Bull Ring right in front of you. 

Seating & Interior: 

I really liked the corner where our seats had been reserved because there was a glass window all over, giving us the magnificent view of the hustling bustling street and the lightning there was great so it was perfect for photographing the food. The overall mood of the place was light and I liked the minimalist approach they had chosen for the interior of the restaurant. Chi Kitchen has an open kitchen and it offers an informal dining experience which is very welcoming. 

The Dining Experience:

All the food we had was solely ordered by my husband while I enjoyed the views with BabyN' instead of doing the hard bit this time since I was a bit tired because of our 4 hour journey from Kent. Chi Kitchen has a lot of things on their menu and all of it is Halal so we had all the options open and we started off with our mocktails, which were Pina Colada (my favourite), Chi Kitchen Paradise and Director’s Special. 

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Our starters were Prawn Tempura (£8.95) which was served with spicy truffle mayonnaise and orange ponzu. The tempura was nice and crispy from the outside and it tasted great with the sauces. We also ordered chicken wings (£7.50) that had been marinated in a Korean BBQ sauce and had been grilled to perfection. They tasted good on their own and no sauce or dips were required to accompany it. 


The third and my favourite starter for the meal was Popcorn Shrimp. These were actually fried tempura shrimps with some smooth wasabi mayonnaise dressing drizzled on it and the creamy consistency complimented quite well with the juicy shrimps. I personally do not like the wasabi sauce so initially, I was a bit apprehensive when it was being ordered but eventually I agreed and I am so glad I did! Pomegranate is one of my favourite fruit and that too complimented well with this starter. 

I really REALLY liked the Popcorn Shrimp and they tasted exactly like the Rock shrimps I've had at a posh Japanese restaurant while I was staying at the Atlantis the Palm, in Dubai. I'm SO lucky that Chi Kitchen is also in London, so I can go there again. Even the first starter was good and was accompanied with some dips and sauces.

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Next up were our soups. Both of us had clear soups. I was having Chicken Tom Yum Soup (£5.50) which was slightly spicy and sour and I did like it but I think it not meant for children. I also tried Chicken and prawn Wonton Soup (£5.25), and it was good but since I tried that after having the taste of my soup, it tasted slightly bland because the flavours in my soup were really overwhelming.

Okay, so for the main course we started off with Szechuan Beef  (£15.95) and Sweet and sour chicken  (£14.95) and both came with steamed jasmine rice. The beef dish was actually sirilon beef, some onion and peppers in Szechuan sauce while the sweet and sour chicken was actually sweet. I couldn't taste the sour bit and although it did taste good, I couldn't finish it on my own because of its sweetness which was majorly dominated by the chunks of pineapple in the dish. I love pineapple but in the end the sweetness got too much overwhelming for me that I decided to skip the dessert.
I also tried the Chi Kitchen special fried rice (£9.95) that consisted of both chicken and prawns and had been stir-fried with peas. I prefer this one over the normal steamed jasmine rice so it was quite a winner for me.
Then came a Malaysian dish called Nasi Lemak (£14.95) and I was extremely full by that time so I just tasted a couple of spoons of it and the gravy tasted somewhat similar to an Indian curry, I think somewhat like a chicken handi. Nasi was served with a boiled egg and coconut rice. Most of this dish was cleaned by my husband so I just got to taste it. There was also an additional sauce with the chicken curry, in case you need some more spice but for the taste of the curry itself was pretty flavoursome.



That was the last thing I tried. No dessert this time, which is something REALLY extraordinary because desserts are always my favourite but we were extremely full so there was totally no room for them. I did decide to get a bubble tea in the end though and I was introduced to it when I was in Malaysia and I really became a fan of it. However, this one wasn't similar to the ones I had there as the shiro balls inside it were different, the ones that pop in the mouth and not the ones you chew.

End Notes:

Overall, the dining experience at Chi Kitchen in Birmingham was pleasant and the staff was friendly and efficient. The restaurant serves full Halal menu but they do serve alcohol. You can check out the menu of Chi Kitchen here and don't worry if you're not in Birmingham, but if you're looking for Pan Asian cuisine at the Oxford Street in LondonChi Kitchen is there too.

Rating: 7/10

If you had to choose one - Thai, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine - which one would you choose for your meal?


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26 comments:

  1. Mmmmm this looks delicious! I love Nasi Lemak, but there aren't many places in Manchester that offer this type of cuisine.

    Jess
    Philocalist.co.uk

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    1. I think there must be some restaurants that serve Malaysian cuisine in Manchester. Ning is really popular. I will try to find more and let you know.

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  2. Darn. Your post made me hungry haha. Looks like a lovely place and a master chef winner being the exec chef is a definite plus! I would personally go for Thai :)

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  3. It is good that you did enjoy your food on the whole even if some parts of the meal was not to taste. The Tom soup sounds amazing though.

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  4. Food looks delicious but more than food i love the crockery set. Thanks for sharing the awesome restaurant.

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  5. The food looks incredibly delicious of the Chi restaurant! I feel so hungry just looking at it!

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    1. Yes, I was also feeling hungry while I was editing the photos. Hehe

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  6. Yummmmm this looks delicious. Probably shouldn't have looked at this just before lunch haha

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  7. It must be great when you discover halal restaurants right? Living in the Gulf that is something we take for granted. Nice thorough review!
    I think I would go for Thai over Chinese. As for Malaysian cuisine I haven't tried much so couldn't say.

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    1. So true! Even I have moved to the UK from the Middle East and we have endless Halal dining options there.

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  8. Food looks incredibly delicious....When you are in a foreign country and find a halal eat out and that too which serves best food...then travel is double the fun....thank you for the review...

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    1. Absolutely! Totally agree with you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. such a beautiful review, looks a wonderful place for a perfect eat out

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  10. I wish this was around when I was in London last year in March! When I lived there for 2 years it was SO HARD to find a good chinese restaurant. Coming from Dubai I was so spoilt so when I couldn't have Chinese in London it was horrible haha....I am so glad for Londoners now! That popcorn chicken looked amazing and its great that they threw in some Thai/Korean and Malaysian foods in the menu too!

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    1. I am totally in the same boat as you were earlier. I came here from Dubai and missed dining out SO much.

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  11. The pics you have shared make the food look even more delicious!! Great review too. Making me hungry now :-)

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  12. It all looks so good. The popcorn shrimp looks like a Korean dish. I would eat Korean food any day of the week. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience at a beautiful restaurant. ;)

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  13. OMG this looks so good. I would die for a restaurant like this in my area.

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  14. Oh Man!
    This is so good like I'm gonna cry,i am a foodie & after seen these beautiful pictures I'm gonna cry because I've never been to Birmingham.Sadlyfe.
    Anyways I would choose Chinese because I have never experienced Thai & Malaysian before but I guess i should give them a try❤

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  15. Your restaurant reviews always make me want to take a trip to the UK! I love Chinese food. Those drinks look divine!

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Thanks for stopping by. :-)