Sushi

Sushi-Restaurants

When I think about Harrods and food, the Food Hall on the ground floor and The Georgian on the fourth floor are what spring to mind initially. But there is more to the Harrods dining experience if you look closer.

On the fifth floor there is Chai Wu, a restaurant that has been inspired by the five elements in Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water, which I was invited to review.Chai Wu, Harrods

Lunch started with a glass of Champagne and was followed soon after by …

Chai Wu at Harrods

… Wagyu puffs amuse-bouche, which set the note for a promising meal ahead. It went without saying that the third puff would have to be shared.

Chai Wu at Harrods

Everything we tried from the sashimi platter …

Chai Wu at Harrods

… to the sushi was enjoyed thoroughly.

Chai Wu at Harrods

But it was the Chilean sea bass with champagne and honey that piqued my tastebuds the most. The delicate flavours that came with my favourite fish was an absolute pleasure.

Chai Wu at Harrods

And of course with the right glass of wine, I had ended up wishing that this was dinner rather than lunch so I could sit back and not have to think about going anywhere so soon.

Chai Wu at Harrods

The OH ordered the Beijing duck which served two courses. The first involved fresh pancakes with cucumber, spring onions & hoi sin sauce and mantou buns with pickled radish, cucumber & plum sauce. The mantou buns were the perfect way to enjoy the Beijing duck. I’m not sure I could go back to pancakes after this experience.

The rest of the duck went into the second course which was a choice between minced duck with lettuce wrap or duck fried rice. The OH chose the latter for his second duck course, which he took away with him after being left so satisfied by his first course.

Chai Wu at Harrods

Finally, we were treated to a selection of chocolate and green tea desserts. I don’t know how I managed to tear myself away from here to carry on with my day but I finally did. And not before a farewell to the kind and friendly staff who made us feel very welcome.

Chai Wu at Harrods

If you’re looking to escape the crowds in Harrods, Chai Wu feels like a sanctuary. It’s definitely somewhere you can escape to while enjoying the great pan-Asian flavours from the menu.

Chai Wu, Harrods, 87–135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL.

One of the most iconic food places in London has to be Harrods Food Hall. It is a veritable feast for the eyes and tastebuds. So when I was invited to review Pan Chai, I accepted with glee.

I popped in for a working lunch. The atmosphere was buzzy as always and the staff seemed instantly warm and charming.

Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

We started our lunch with Champagne cocktails …

Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

… and for starters, I had the tempura dish …

Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

… while my guest had vegetarian sushi rolls. Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

We both thoroughly enjoyed the start of our lunch and when my main arrived, the excitement of the surprising spectacle matched the delightful freshness and flavours of this fantastic selection of sushi and sashimi.

Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

We were both intrigued about her tofu steak dish, which admittedly took a little longer than mine to arrive. But when it did, again we were pleasantly surprised and my guest was very impressed with her choice.

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Overall, I had a very satisfying lunch at Pan Chai. I enjoyed everything I tasted and loved the atmosphere. I can’t compare Pan Chai to the other offerings in the Harrods Food Hall but I can definitely recommend it if you’re after a contemporary Pan-Asian meal.

Chelsea Girl

Itsu has arrived on King’s Road and it seems like everyone has been waiting for it. When I walk down the road around lunchtime now it’s guaranteed I’ll see a parade of Itsu takeaway bags, it’s great. Itsu on King's Road

Admittedly the first couple of times I walked past the store, I was put off by the crowds. But on Thursday the queues weren’t bad at all so I picked up some lunch, which included my favourite salmon box. I also discovered the fruit superseed smoothie; normally blended at the counter, I asked if I could take it away unblended (so I could take a photo of it before mixing it up). The smoothie includes a superseed mix, coconut milk, banana, apple, dates, pineapple and strawberry to be blended with ice.Itsu Lunch

I know Itsu has been around forever but I still can’t help being excited. I love this place and most of all it’s great to have somewhere that doesn’t just focus on sandwiches or pasta since Mori closed.

Chelsea Girl

Yesterday I went along to Taste of London in the gorgeous sunshine. It was my first time and I had no idea what to expect.

Taste of London

When I arrived I discovered a wonderful festival vibe with countless stalls from restaurants and food shops. There were also a number bars set up and music playing in some spots. The atmosphere was relaxed and the choices were overwhelming. Where to go first? What to try first? What to do?

Taste of London

My first stop ended up being MEATliquor for a cheeseburger slider.

Taste of London

I also enjoyed a pork belly in a bun from Flesh and Bun …Taste of London

… as well as a prawn tempura roll which has quinoa inside, from Sushisamba. Everything was so good!

Taste of London

For drinks, I had this amazing lychee cooler cocktail from Sushisamba which I urge you to try if you get a chance …

Taste of London

… and of course, a glass of Prosecco. There are also Champagne bars dotted around.

Taste of London

As you walk around, there is plenty to taste whilst en route to your next destination … Taste of London

… and I love this from outside Mahiki’s bar.

Taste of London

There is also a whole area specifically for Thai cuisine with many recognisable restaurants and brands setting up shop for you to try their goods. What I loved especially were the market stalls and spotting one of my favourite fruits on display: I first tried mangosteen in Thailand and it is easily one of my favourite fruits: so bubblegum yummy. It’s also packed with antioxidants which gives it a health bonus too.

Taste of London

I was also happy to see Chia Pod at Taste of London, which I also love. I tend to buy one or two before heading into the gym because it’s packed with plenty of protein goodness and it’s a delicious alternative to say an energy bar or anything else snacky. You can pick them up at Whole Foods.

Taste of LondonGiven that the Taste of London tickets are for four hour slots and given there is so much to do, it’s definitely worth knowing what you want to get out of it: do you want to try the cooking demos, discover popular restaurants, shop for food from around the world? Saying that, if you just fancy lounging and seeing what comes your way (like I did), you’ll have an equally fantastic time.

If you’re looking for something to do, I say head down to Taste of London!

A couple of weeks ago, I finally managed to pop into Kurobuta on the King’s Road …

Kurobuta London

The Marble Arch Kurobuta had just opened and I thought I’d better hurry to Chelsea’s pop-up before it disappeared. Except that it is no longer a pop-up but a newly permanent fixture in Chelsea, which is great news.

And by the sounds of it, there are exciting plans on refurbishing the space because as you can see (below) the exterior still looks like it belongs to another restaurant.

Kurobuta London

Though when you walk past and look in the window, there is a little Kurobuta clue …

Kurobuta London

Stepping inside, there is obviously still that pop-up feel which I loved.

Kurobuta London

There was plenty of character …

Kurobuta London

And personality …

Kurobuta London

And as for the food, the lunch we had was fantastic.

We started off with the flamed endamame beans with sake, which were lemon zesty and salty at the same time. Very delicious and something very different.Kurobuta London

We also had soft shell crab tempura maki …

Kurobuta London

Jerusalem artichoke chopsticks with truffle ponzu dip. I’d never tasted artichokes like this. A delectable surprise and I’m not going to ruin the fun for you. You have to try them.

Kurobuta London

The beef tataki with onion ponzu was pure succulence …

Kurobuta London

And the grilled aubergine with sesame seeds was a true feast for aubergine fans, which I most certainly am.

Kurobuta London

As for the Yellowtail Sashimi with Kizami Wasabi Salsa and Yuzu-Soy, very fresh and as you can see meaty.

Kurobuta London

And finally, these gorgeous BBQ pork belly in steamed buns with spicy peanut soy, which is one of many reasons why you need to try this place. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted pork like this before: light, flavoursome, succulent – just a pure joy to taste.Kurobuta London

The desserts were a good balance. The passion fruit mochi ice cream, was refreshing. (I love mochi ice cream, which is the main reason I’m always in the Japan Centre) …

Kurobuta London

… whilst the Japanese carrot cake was very delicious in a not too sweet way.

Kurobuta London

Whilst enjoying all these fantastic dishes, I sipped on a couple of cocktails …

Kurobuta London Kurobuta London… whilst the OH enjoyed probably the most refreshing beer you can get because it had a frozen head.

Kurobuta LondonSo what did I think? And did lunch live up to the buzz? Yes, most definitely. There is imagination on the menu and we both enjoyed each of the dishes. The cocktails had depth of flavour whilst the OH’s beer had an element of fun as well as a ‘why hasn’t this been done before?’ factor.

It’s not a surprise because of the talent behind Kurobuta: Scott Hallsworth, ex-head chef of Nobu. But what is fantastic is that this restaurant is planning on hanging around SW3. 

Kurobuta, 251 King’s Road, SW3 5EL

 

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