If you’ve had a hard day of shopping at the Birmingham Bullring, why not treat yourself to a nice Afternoon Tea at Chi Kitchen on the 3rd Level inside Debenhams!
This new Afternoon Tea menu from Chi Kitchen comes with a Pan-Asian twist! If you have not been to Chi Kitchen before, then read on! They are a contemporary Pan-Asian restaurant created as an exclusive departmental brand for Debenhams. Currently, there are two restaurants opened in London and Birmingham. Their menu, offers a great variety of tasty and exotic food influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean food.
This is not your usual Afternoon Tea menu with scones and miniature cakes. This menu is packed with delicious and fresh dim sums, savoury appetisers and Asian style desserts. This is great for a foodie treat!
There are two Menu options to choose from: you can either have the Asian Afternoon Tea £16.95 per person or Prosecco Asian Afternoon Tea £19.95 per person. The only difference is one is with Prosecco and one is without, hence the £3 price difference.
We opted for one each! There are four choices of tea to choose from: English breakfast tea, Earl Grey tea, Jasmine Green tea or Malaysian Pulled tea. They will serve you the drink before and after your menu, which is lovely.
Now let’s talk about the food! It is served on three tiers and we were thrilled by the look and choices of the snacks. Inside the steam basket, it comes with a Prawn Dumpling, Prawn & Chive Dumpling, Chicken & Prawn Siu Mai Dumpling and a Chicken & Chinese mushroom Fried Wonton. Whenever we eat dumplings, we always prefer the outer skin to be soft and not overly thick and chewy. Their dumplings’ skins are perfect – lovely, thin and soft. Also I personally love the fish eggs they put on the dumplings! They are just gorgeous, fresh and delicious.
Next on the second tier are the Malaysia Curry Puff, Chicken Bun, Vegetable Spring Roll and Chicken Satay. These are some of my favourite choice of snacks when I am in Singapore! The Malaysia curry puff comes in a pastry base filled with chopped potatoes and chicken. It is not very spicy at all. The heat is very mild. I love the light and fluffy bun of the Chicken bun. The spring roll is crispy and coated with nice sweet chill sauce for a nice kick. The sauce of the chicken satay is packed full of nutty flavour. Yum Yum!
Lastly, the third tier is the dessert tray which comes with Banana Cake, Pandan Panna Cotta, Green Tea Cheesecake and Mango Cheesecake. I like that they have blended green tea and pandan flavour into the desserts. They give a nice touch to end the menu, and the Pandan Panna Cotta is worth special mention. It is a nice, light flavour with a great texture.
Note, this menu is available from 2 – 5pm only! If you prefer to try out their lunch menu, then read my dining experience with them here. I love the authentic food which really suits my palate and I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to try real Asian food.
Disclosure: We were invited to try out their food and drinks. However, they have not paid me for this review, and they do not exercise any editorial control over my review or anything else on this site.