I was recently asked to try Chi Kitchen located in the Debenhams in the Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham.
I accepted and thought I’d make a nice day of it with my step mum, Dawn with shopping and sight-seeing because it’s a 30 minute train journey for us.
Anyway the night before I decided to have a little scan of the menu and honestly? I was really nervous. I’m not a fussy eater and like to try new things but there are things I don’t like and honestly nothing really looked appealing to me. But I am so glad we went because it was amazing! I know it’s like I have to say that but if I didn’t enjoy it I would say or I would be polite and say “it wasn’t really for me but you may like it”. But I, and my step mum whole heartedly loved it!
When we first arrived we were greeted with lovely smiles and friendly staff and taken to our seats.
I love how we were given the option of knife and fork, spoon or chopsticks, I nice little touch.
After a few minutes we were given complimentary pawn crackers and a sweet chilli dip (I don’t think they were called that, but that was interpretation of them) they were really yummy and got us excited about what else was in store.
We were asked what we would like to drink and we were boring and chose coke and lemonade. When the drinks came it was time to order…..
So what did we have? First we started with some starters which were called small plates. We ordered two dishes and shared them.
Both were amazing! The chicken wings were really spicy and the beef was cooked to perfection. The mains were really yummy but if I went again, I would choose a different main to have a change but I will definitely be ordering the exact same starter!
For our main I ordered
And Dawn ordered
Both took a little while to come out, which we were informed of when ordering because they are cooked from fresh. I was perfectly happy with the wait because it didn’t feel too long and the food was outstanding! I loved every part of mine, it tasted far better than from a takeaway.The rice was, as I tried to explain to Dawn was more eggy (I know it’s not a word) than usual but in a nice way. The rice was cooked just right and was not at all stodgy, it was very light.
I had a taste of Dawn’s curry and oh my goodness, the lamb just melted in my mouth, it was divine! And it had a good little kick with it too, Dawn got the sweats half way through 🙂 But she finished the lot!
After our mains we felt pretty full so was unsure if we could manage puddings but the waitress came over and ordered us another round of drinks and said to relax and enjoy the evening and see how we feel in a while. Well she was right because we soon started to fancy a little sweet finish.
I ordered vanilla Ice cream (I know, wild!)
It was the nicest vanilla icecream I have ever tasted and just finished off my meal perfectly.
Dawn ordered Chocolate Sphere which I was quite jealous of!
It was a chocolate sphere with vanilla ice cream and strawberries inside and a warm caramel sauce to pour on top. The caramel sauce was the nicest thing ever! Dawn mistakenly let me have a try and that was it, I pinched several spoonfuls. If i could have bought some of that sauce, I would have cleaned them out!
Here is a little video of the sauce melting the chocolate sphere..
At the end the restaurant owner Eddie Lim and Head Chef Arjunan Sokalingam came to greet us and made us feel very special. They were both super friendly and happy to talk to us. We even had a photo with them both
All in all it is a massive thumbs up from us. I will definitely be visiting again. If you want to try them out, they have two locations. Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham and Oxford Street in London and in the Debenhams of both locations.
*I was given all food free of charge for the purposes of review but all words and pinions are my own and honest.