Chai Wu Restaurant Review: Exotic Fine Dining at Harrods

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll remember that last year I reviewed Pan Chai, a restaurant in the food court of Harrods. More recently, I was invited to try out the menu at Chai Wu, a sister restaurant, on the fifth floor of Harrods. It’s a contemporary Chinese restaurant in an elegant setting, inspired by the five elements of Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Now onto the food… 

First up were these incredible (and enormous!) drinks. As it was only a Monday lunch time, Iona and I opted for mocktails – but they didn’t spare any of the fanciness! I’m usually not a fan of mocktails – I find them sickly sweet and fairly underwhelming without the alcohol – but not this time. On the left is a Samsara, a mix of cranberry juice, passion juice and lemonade, which was so, so refreshing. Thank God these were mocktails, if I’d had a drink that large with alcohol in it I’m not sure I would’ve made it home!

For starters, we were spoiled with some of my favourite types of asian food – wagyu beef and sushi. These weren’t just any Wagyu puffs, however, these were wagyu puffs topped with gold leaf. Fancy af. I tried Wagyu for the first time when I was in Japan this summer but I have to say that authentic Japanese street food honestly has nothing on Chai Wu’s wagyu puffs. The beef melts in your mouth and is worth every. penny. Next up was the Harrods Sushi Special, which I’ve actually tried before down in Chai Wu’s sister restaurant Pan Chai (check out my review here). Yes, they are topped with caviar and they are increds!

Chai Wu Restaurant Review: Exotic Fine Dining at Harrods

Have you ever seen anything more delicate and exquisite than this steamed dim sum platter? I certainly haven’t had dim sum topped with gold leaf or caviar before! All five of these delicacies are different and it was impossible to choose a favourite: Alaskan crab spinach dumpling with XO sauce, Seabass with gold leaf, lobster dumpling topped with caviar, scallop foie gras or prawn & vegetarian dumpling?! We were spoilt for choice! It’s a shame that these are so small and delicate because I could eat these for days.

Although Chai Wu London would mostly describe itself as serving Chinese cuisine, they clearly take inspiration from all over Asian and indeed the world. These leaf wraps on the left remind me of Korean BBQ where you often wrap your BBQed meat with a lettuce leaf and on the right we have sticks of wagyu beef, a Japanese delicacy. These may perhaps look like pretty simple asian dishes but obviously with the Harrods touch they were mind-blowingly delicious (yes, seriously).

Chai Wu Restaurant Review: Exotic Fine Dining at Harrods

 

By this point I was thoroughly stuffed by the food just kept on coming! Next up, we were treated to this amazing Korean lobster with spicy honey sauce. They’d already cut it up for us and it was exquisite. They served it in the lobster shell, which looked very impressive but it looked impossible to eat! We left the lobster til last because neither of us were brave enough to brave these shells. However, in the end, we realised that they’d actually carefully cut up the meat for us so it was easy to dig into. Woops.

This was followed up (finally) with Chai Wu’s signature Peking duck pancakes. This was a really special experience as we had the chef at our table cutting the duck meat right in front of us! I regularly have Peking duck pancakes at home and have had eaten this dish in Beijing many times too but, again, the Harrods version managed to match authentic Beijing pancakes. We didn’t manage to finish these as there really was far too much food on the table but I was loath to leave any as the duck meat was so succulent and fatty.

Unfortunately I had to rush off before dessert but I have been reliably informed that the matcha cake is incredible. I’ll just have to go back to try that!

All in all, I had an incredible dining experience at Chai Wu Harrods and it is top of list for asian restaurants in London. Obviously it’s not the cheapest restaurant around but this is definitely one to consider when you’re celebrating an occasion and looking to treat yourself to exquisite food that is actually worth the $$ you’re paying.

Many thanks to Chai Wu London for having me for lunch!

Address
Chai Wu
Harrods, 5th Floor
87–135 Brompton Rd
Knightsbridge
London
SW1X 7XL

Website

www.chaiwu.co.uk

Opening Hours 

Monday-Saturdays 11:30 to 8pm
Sundays 11:30 to 5pm

If you liked this post, check out these:

Pan Chai London: A Luxury Sushi Experience at Harrods
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I was invited to try out Chai Wu's menu by their PR agency.

33 Comments

  1. 30th November 2017 / 9:04 PM

    This restaurant sounds amazing and the mocktails so so pretty. I love the selection of foods you tried looks so well presented and tasty.

    • 8th December 2017 / 1:43 PM

      It was all so beautifully decorated! Who said food couldn’t be art?

  2. Hannah Latoya Bond
    30th November 2017 / 9:15 PM

    The food looks great. Ive eaten at Pan Chai and will be sure to check this one out too

  3. Laura Dove
    30th November 2017 / 10:52 PM

    wow that all looks amazing!! I’ve never tried eating at Harrods, I imagine it’s delicious! I love Asian food though!

    • 8th December 2017 / 1:54 PM

      It’s delicious!! Obviously very expensive though so definitely one for a very special occasion!

  4. 1st December 2017 / 8:18 AM

    Gorgeous food and so well presented. This looks like the perfect winter feast 🙂

  5. 1st December 2017 / 10:33 AM

    I’m not usually a huge fan of Asian food but this looks amazing and wow those mocktails are stunning x

  6. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    1st December 2017 / 10:59 AM

    What an incredible selection. I love Asian food and everything here looks so decedent.

    • 8th December 2017 / 1:44 PM

      Decadent is certainly the right word! Couldn’t believe my eyes 😮

  7. KGR
    1st December 2017 / 1:16 PM

    I love the sound of the Samsar mocktail as it sounds very refreshing and light. The Wagyu beef looks delicious! What a treat!

  8. 1st December 2017 / 2:27 PM

    I absolutely love the look of every single one of these dishes! So exotic and tempting!

  9. 1st December 2017 / 3:58 PM

    I love Japanese food so this really appeals to me. It sounds like a bit of fusion was present which always makes for a new experience. I can’t wait to visit!

    • 8th December 2017 / 1:56 PM

      I love fusion food – each dish is more original than the last!

  10. Jenna E Morley
    2nd December 2017 / 1:22 PM

    Wow what incredible food! Those mocktails look soooo amazing too! 🙂

  11. 3rd December 2017 / 2:06 PM

    The food looks delicious and I am impressed on the presentations, with gold leafs and caviar on top. I do love a good Asian fusion restaurant and it looks like Chai Wu is exactly this!

    • 8th December 2017 / 1:52 PM

      Yes Chai Wu was amazing!! The attention to detail was truly impressive.

  12. 3rd December 2017 / 9:56 PM

    oh my gosh this looks amazing, I think Harrods is such a magical place, especially at Christmas time. The food looks delish! x

    • 8th December 2017 / 1:47 PM

      Harrods has amazing decorations at Christmas! Shame I can’t afford any of the gifts in there xD

  13. Healthy & Psyched
    3rd December 2017 / 10:12 PM

    Love the look of those mocktails! I usually feel the same when about them – but when you get a good one it’s so amazing! This food looks so amazing and authentic 🙂

  14. Jenni Grainger
    3rd December 2017 / 10:49 PM

    This is like the ultimate treat! It all looks so amazing, I really hope I get to go one day x

    • 8th December 2017 / 1:48 PM

      I hope you get to visit too, Jenni! It is definitely a treat for a special occasion 😀

  15. 4th December 2017 / 6:23 AM

    Oh you’ve made me hungry now! The dim sum looks amazing… I only tried it for the first time the other day and I really liked it, actually!

    • 8th December 2017 / 1:48 PM

      Omg you only had dim sum for the first time a few days ago?! But it’s soo good!

  16. Jake Ferrer
    4th December 2017 / 2:09 PM

    Oh my! This all looks all so good and delicious! I am getting hungry right now.

  17. 4th December 2017 / 8:05 PM

    What an interesting sounding place to stop for a bite to eat, it looks so different to anywhere I have gone before, I may just have to try it. x

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