It was back in August when I experienced Chi Kitchen for the first time. Ever since experiencing that Duck and Watermelon salad, I have been craving it ever since.
Specialising in Pan Asian Cuisine, Chi Kitchen is based in prime position in Birmingham, attracting a foot flow of diners from the new Grand Central station. You will find it nestled within Debenhams, just as you pass Caffe Nero. A rather unusual location some may say, but when you consider how hungry you end up after battling the crowds from the train platform, it was probably a very wise move from the owners.
I was invited back to Chi Kitchen to experience their new Limited Edition Christmas menu. When you hear that an Asian fusion restaurant is producing a Christmas themed menu, intrigue does get the better of you!
I mean, how exactly do they include the turkey?!
Will there even be any Turkey?!
I can confirm – there definitely was Turkey. Meaning that the Christmas Menu was definitely on-trend for the season.
The concept of the menu is fairly simple. Coming as a set menu, which was separate to the regular main menu, you simply choose which dish from each course you’d like to enjoy. All washed down with a Mixed Berry Bellini for £21.95. A bargain for any 3 course meal in the city!
As we were reviewing the menu, we were treated to samples of all the dishes available. Out of the starters, which included Turkey Spring Rolls and Sweet Potato with a berry mayonnaise for dipping, my favourite was the chilli prawns.
Deep fried with a crispy, salty and spicy coating, the prawns were succulent and juicy within the crisp battered coated. They were absolutely delicious. Compared to the other options, these were definitely the stand out of the trio, as they were generally just more flavoursome then the other dishes. I was really excited for the berry mayonnaise, however, the flavours weren’t quite strong enough for my tastes and I felt it needed a little more OOMPH.
Craving more of the prawns, I was soon distracted when the main dishes arrived at the table…
The turkey spring rolls helped to give a hint of festive goodness on the starter menu, but the Turkey Insal on the main dishes certainly polished off the inclusion of the seasonally enjoyed bird. This was so darn delicious I even asked that I could take the leftovers of it home in a take away box! Which of course, Chi Kitchen were happy to oblige with, as you can order any dish as a take away if you don’t have time to enjoy as a sit down meal.
Marinated in a rich and delicious Kalamansi sauce, the turkey was so succulent and moreish. Seasoned to perfection, each mouthful was packed with more and more flavour.
Alongside the turkey dish, we also enjoyed a Vegetable Nyonya Curry and Teriyaki Salmon. Salmon is one of my favourite fish and you can never go wrong with a nice, juicy fillet of it. I found the curry to be particularly spicy, with a real zesty kick to it.
Each main was teamed with a choice of either salt and pepper chips, or egg fried rice. Salt and pepper chips is one of my favourite things from a Chinese take away, and the Chi Kitchen style ones were just like that but a lot more fresh, made with fries instead of chunky chips that you usually have.
To finish the meal, there is a choice of two desserts; a walnut chocolate brownie or apple gyoza. Gyoza are always one of my favourite things from a starters menu and I’ve never had a sweet version before. They were okay, but I feel like they could have had a bit more seasoning in the apple filling – perhaps a bit of cinnamon or spice?
The walnut chocolate brownie was the stand out of the two. Served with vanilla ice cream and custard, this combination of textures and tastes was the perfect way to end a hearty meal.
The Christmas menu at Chi Kitchen is only available until the 26th of December. It’s a must for anyone who has never visited before, as it’s not only affordable but gives a great indication of the freshness and style of the overall dishes from the regular menu (with the Christmas twists, of course!).