Department store Debenhams has confirmed that its newest restaurant concept will launch on Saturday 7 November, as it pushes ahead with plans to develop a quality foodservice footprint.
Chi Kitchen, which will specialise in pan-Asian cuisine, will open on the ground floor of Debenhams’ flagship Oxford Street store and has the capacity to seat 68 people.
As revealed by FEJ back in July, the dining concept and brand are exclusive to Debenhams, and a further site has already opened in Debenhams Birmingham.
Chi Kitchen is the brainchild of restaurateur Eddie Lim, owner of Belgravia institution Mango Tree, who Debenhams enlisted to lead the project.
Chi Kitchen will serve a diverse all-day dining menu influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine. An open-plan robata grill serves as the focal point of the kitchen, allowing guests a glimpse into their dishes being cooked.
The dining counter will double as a sushi bar, and will deliver freshly prepared sushi and sashimi, while the restaurant will also offer its full menu to take away via a ‘grab and go’ counter.
Lim commented: “Our aim is to build a brand exclusively to Debenhams, which is going to offer not only good Pan Asian food but also good energy to Debenhams loyal and new customers. The food will be exotic, colourful and incredibly tasty.”
Mark Jordan, UK director of space planning at Debenhams, said: “We are delighted to be broadening our food offer and partnering with a fantastic, unique brand such as Chi Kitchen to offer our customers an exceptional, new dining experience.”