Harrods is bringing Beijing to Knightsbridge in the shape of Chai Wu, a new, modern Chinese restaurant opening on the fifth floor of our favourite luxury department store. Whilst it might not be the real thing, the promise of duck wraps alone is enough to settle our curiosity. And with a menu created by Bihu Xie and overseen by Executive Chef Ian Pengelly, the UK’s leading expert in Asian cuisine, we cannot wait to get ordering.
As everyone knows the best Chinese’ are those shared by friends and with the menu filled to the brim with dim sum, beef wagyu puffs and signature dishes such as King Alaskan crab, it will be hard not to try a little bit of everything and make sure you do. Hey, the browsing round Harrods afterwards will help to walk off any unwanted to calories, so you might as well indulge.
Adding to the community feel of the haunt, there will be a theatrical charcoal grill in the centre of the restaurant offering all the guests a front row seat to watch their delicious creations come to life, you can even pick up some tips whilst you are there.
The restaurant which opens on 18th January, will be centred around five elements of Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water, adding some much needed zen to the centre of Knightsbridge. Think marble, leather and timber and you get the gist. Don’t stay there too long as you might never want to leave, although to be fair that doesn’t sound like such a bad offer.
Reservations are open now so get in quick to make sure that you can shake off any post-Christmas blues.