London Tastin'

Kai - Mayfair

In a nutshell: upscale Chinese dining in Mayfair, highly recommend their wasabi prawn! Worth going if you have money to spare.

Rating: 4/5

Normally I dislike upscale Chinese restaurants, especially one with a Michelin star and situated in the expensive Mayfair area. But I really enjoyed the food at Kai, which included a fusion of clever Oriental dishes.

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The restaurant

Not many tables in the elegant and simple dining room, mostly occupied by the Mayfair locals. You can dress up or go casual, both would suit. It’s a fairly quiet restaurant and easy to book. 

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The food and price

More modern Oriental than classic Chinese. Most of the dishes were modern, apart from the classic Peking duck. See full menu here. Out of the dishes I tried, the wasabi prawn (£17) was the best, sweet juice with a soft to melt shell and the wasabi flavour was pleasantly mild. The 5 hour Oriental spiced pork belly (£16) was disappointing, more chewy than expected. Lightly seared sirloin (£16) was perfectly seasoned with a herb dressing. The roasted sea bass (£34) was ok, not particularly memorable. 

The combination of one Michelin star and its Mayfair location guaranteed high prices. Two of us paid £120 (with some sides and one dessert) without any wine. 


Food Photos

Wasabi Prawn - £17

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Lightly seared sirloin - £16

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Roasted Chilean seabass - £34

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5 hour Oriental spiced pork belly - £16

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Contact Info

65 South Audley Street

London, W1K 2QU

020 74938988

Website

Kai Mayfair on Urbanspoon