The latest addition to Birmingham’s ever growing food scene is Chi Kitchen. Occupying the corner of Debenhams which used to be Oasis, this trendy new restaurant is the brainchild of Eddie Lim, the man behind The Mango Tree in Belgravia, London.
I was invited to the launch party last week and was sure to oblige! I went along with Ting from The Ting Thing
The place was packed when we arrived. We were greeted by the manager, offered a glass of Prosecco and quickly found fellow bloggers Alev from Bella & Robot and Ahmed from Dine Birmingham. The manager organised a selection of dishes to be brought out for us specially to photograph and to ensure we got a taste of everything on offer.
Service was a spectacle! Water was poured over dry ice surrounding the sushi to create this magical misty effect which really drew attention.
I have to be honest, I have very high standards of Sushi. Namely because of Sushi Passion in the Great Western Arcade. The quality of their sushi far surpasses anywhere else I’ve eaten, so it was always going to be tough to compare. The sushi here wasn’t as good as Sushi passion, but it was very tasty and presented beautifully. The use of fish eggs in the sushi made each mouthful great fun to eat as they burst in your mouth.
The hot selection was fantastic. There were curry puffs which were crisp, light and deliciously spicy, the teriyaki Wagyu beef was meltingly tender and very flavoursome and the little prawn and pomelo parcels were an unexpected delight.
We also got to try some desserts. I wasn’t keen on the Malaysian dessert, but the Mango cheesecake below was fruity, creamy and very tasty.
I had the pleasure of meeting Eddie at the launch party. He described himself as a ‘die-hard Birmingham fan’ which is refreshing to hear from a Londoner, when so many influential London foodies feel the need to discredit our fair city in the press. I asked Eddie if he would tell people like Jay Rayner and Giles Coren what he liked so much about Brum. He responded by telling me that Giles Coren was one of his good friends and assured me he would tell him next time he saw him. His warm smile made me believe that he just might.
I’m keen to go back to try some of the menu dishes. The Popcorn Shrimp, Vietnamese Pho and Roasted Duck Buns have all caught my eye so expect a full review of Chi Kitchen soon.
My food and drinks were complimentary, many thanks to the team at Chi Kitchen. All opinions are, as always, my own, and I was under no obligation to write a positive review.