Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi is a Chinese word for life force energy or life breath. Those of you who practice yoga might be more familiar with chi's synonym prana - and perhaps that will give you more of an understanding of what the chi concept means. According to traditional Asian studies, human body is entwined with various energies - to achieve harmony in your life you first have to align your energies. Oh, you don't have time for this energy shebang because you're going shopping? Well, lucky you - if you're in Birmingham you can slot in a few dumplings, a cocktail or a plate of sushi at Chi Kitchen - a pan Asian restaurant (& a chi sanctuary) on the 3rd floor of Debenhams in Bullring!

And that's exactly what Terri (her blog is here) & I did when we were in Bullring yesterday. With achy feet, hands covered in lip liner swatches and eyeballs flickering from all the sales, we found a safe harbour at Chi Kitchen. This pan Asian gem offers cuisine inspired by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese and Vietnamese food - paired with the most thoughtful & kind service and an ever so pleasant interior.

Terri had the fanciest of drinks to start with - it had a whole Hibiscus blossom in it! I had a slightly less fancy looking but equally as delicious mocktail topped with a fresh strawberry. Then the real food magic started - at Chi Kitchen they are not stingy on food wizardry - I mean, platters of the most flavoursome sushi engulfed in white smoke? Yes, please. We had a little nibble of many, many dishes that afternoon, it was so difficult to choose just one - when you're reading the menu you're essentially presented with 5+ different cuisines! You will ultimately get overwhelmed by it all at one point or another - that's why one of my favourite things on the menu must be the Express Set Menus. You just can't go wrong with a bowl of Wonton soup, a Dim sum platter and a cuppa of Jasmine green tea. In fact that's what my culinary dreams are made of - Asian dumplings and green tea. Aaaaah. We also tried some slightly less obvious pan Asian choices - a duck & watermelon salad, grilled king oyster mushrooms (oh my god!) and the ultimate favourite - sea bass with chilli & lime. If you're not too fussed about fish then please, I'm begging you, at least try the BBQ menu which also comes with a little BBQ sea bass, that one's magnificent!

All in all, this is probably the best, most flavoursome food I've had in a while - everything at Chi Kitchen is so fresh and (literally) mouth-watering! That's something that many restaurants have forgotten about - it's not just about giving people a steak & bringing the bill, the presentation and taste play major part in me deciding whether to come back or not. And I will be back at Chi Kitchen, I most definitely will. Just saying.

Thank you Chi Kitchen for the best chi experience, it left my belly full & happy and even my eyes stopped flickering from all the manic shopping!                


Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham
Chi Kitchen Birmingham

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