It seems that all department stores have definitely caught the restaurant bug, with Debenhams the latest to reveal an overhaul. They've brought in Eddie Lim of the Mango Tree (and more recently Harrods' Chai Wu) to develop their new restaurant Chi Kitchen.
It'll open on Oxford Street for starters, and the plans are for it to appear in every Debenhams after that. It's Pan Asian - planning to pull together Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine - all under a menu by Group Executive Chef Ian Pengelley.
That menu will start with breakfast and:
- Korean omelette with seafood – prepared similarly to Pajeon, a Korean green onion pancake
- Kaya Toast (with Singaporean coconut jam),
- rice porridge with chicken,
- Chinese bubble waffle with fresh berries.
And the rest of the all-day menu features:
- Beef kushiyaki
- Korean steak with Bulgogi sauce
- Seabass with chilli and lime
- Vietnamese pho (chicken or beef)
- Nyonya chicken curry
And alongside that, there will be pumpkin korroke, avocado wedges and various spring rolls and large parts of the menu will also be able to take away too. It's fully licenced if you need booze stop while shopping and they'll be serving bubble tea too.
Chi Kitchen opens at Debenhams, 334-348 Oxford Street, London W1C 1JG in Autumn. For more, follow them on @debenhams