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Chai Wu (Restaurant)

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Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
Cuisine: Chinese
Tel: 020 3819 8888 | Email to Chai Wu | Transport: Knightsbridge | Write review

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1) On the 5th floor of Harrods department store in Knightsbridge, hidden behind the men’s clothing area, this reserved corner of a London restaurant is a pleasurable surprise;

2) The manager welcomes you with a warm attitude, although appears not quite knowledgeable enough about the restaurant or the food; perhaps deliberately leaving you to discover for yourself;

3) The restaurant décor is elegant simplicity: based on the five elements of the Chinese traditional philosophy – Metal, Wood, Earth, Water, Fire – its brown/black environment, dark and chic, is reminiscent of a warm, embracing Scotch whisky, ideal for a romantic dinner; 

4) The wine list is less surprising than what the setting suggests. However, there is an excellent Italian Pinot Grigio in its ranks. Creative and original cocktails, such as the "Metal" - made of gin, mint and cucumber, should also grab your eager attention;

5) The (expensive) food menu combines both Chinese and Japanese cuisines. The decadent presentation includes Baroque style gold leaf decoration on dumplings, sashimi adorned with flowers, and ornate salmon embellished with light, white foam;

6) Sample the sumptuous robata grilled Wagyu steak, which you’ll need to pre-order as only one at the time is kept in store. Try the melt-in-the-mouth dumplings with caviar, seabass and foie gras. Enjoy the fried squid, whiter and lighter than clouds - velvet on your palate and a luxurious, comforting, albeit unfamiliar ride;

7) The customers are mainly posh Londoners and flush tourists. A lot of guests from the Far East suggest that the food is not only extravagant in appearance, but also very close to the real thing;

8) Everything is at your service here, almost at your will: ask and it will be given. And if you speak Chinese, you’ll be attended in your own language;

9) All tastes - but not wallets – can be satisfied: conscious customers will be content with the gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan alternatives;

10) Saying goodbye is difficult after such a spoiling, pampering experience! You will definitely feel as you have been mind read and your desires have been fulfilled. If the food is above ordinary (especially that squid), then the ambience is outstanding, usually when it’s raining outside after you’ve had a heavy bout of self-indulgent shopping.
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