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Kai is everything you might expect from a top Mayfair Chinese: it’s classy, it’s expensive and it flaunts a Michelin star. Spread over two floors, the smart dining areas are done out with a bit of Eastern promise but no cliché, and there’s much to applaud when it comes to the atmosphere and ‘well-paced’ service. The kitchen appraises classical Chinese cuisine through contemporary eyes, adding some sharp presentation and creative technique to the old ways. You can content yourself with aromatic crispy duck or chicken with cashews, but curiosity pays dividends: how about a luxurious combo of slow-cooked egg with black truffle, caviar and a crisp pancake, Chilean sea bass with spicy miso broth, or Wagyu beef perked up with ginger paste. Desserts are also a world away from toffee-apple clichés – think ‘six shades of chocolate and peanuts’.

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  1. Published : Thursday, 2 January 2014

    The Food Judge :: Kai Mayfair. Cry, wallet.

    It’s got lots of awards, has Kai. Not only a Michelin star, but, according to its website, the highest ranked Chinese restaurant in the Sunday Times Food List 2012, Best Chinese restaurant in London in the Hardens Guide, Best Chinese restaurant in something called “Zagat survey” though it doesn’t say when, or what that survey was, UK Best Dishes Award Finalist in Restaurant Magazine, again no mention as to when and finally, Best Kitchen Finalist in the Tatler Restaurant guide...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 2 January 2014

    Saying it straight :: Kai Mayfair. Cry, wallet.

    It’s got lots of awards, has Kai. Not only a Michelin star, but, according to its website, it was the highest ranked Chinese restaurant in the Sunday Times Food List 2012, Best Chinese restaurant in London in the Hardens Guide, Best Chinese restaurant in something called “Zagat survey” though it doesn’t say when, or what that survey was, UK Best Dishes Award Finalist in Restaurant Magazine, again no mention as to when and finally, Best Kitchen Finalist in the Tatler Restaurant guide.

    What about Best Chinese restaurant on South Audley Street? Or Most Creative Use of Red Apples in a Restaurant Setting? Enough already...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 4 April 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Kai

    Kai is a Michelin starred Chinese restaurant in Mayfair. During our visit on a sunny Saturday for lunch the dining room was rather full and business appeared to be thriving.

    This isn’t your typical local Chinese restaurant however: this has been Mayfair-ified...
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  1. Kai Chinese Restaurant opened in 1993 and was awarded its first Michelin star in 2009, a star that the restaurant has maintained to this date. It has also won a string of other accolades including Best Chinese Restaurant in the Zagat Survey, the Highest Ranked Chinese Restaurant in The Sunday Times Food List 2012 and a placing as a finalist in Restaurant Magazine’s UK Best Dishes Awards. Celebrity chef Ken Hom also recommends Kai as his ‘go-to’ restaurant in London for dinner.
    Kai is situated in Mayfair and is beautifully and tastefully decorated...
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