Restaurant Review – The Kitchen, Futian
The Kitchen is located at coco park near the bus depot. Easy access by bus, MTR or taxi. The Kitchen has a sophisticated look about it and would suit business traveler’s looking for a nice place to eat lunch, couples looking for a cosy place to canoodle over a bowl of pasta and people looking to impress a group. There is a bistro style menu offering French, Italian, Tex me, steaks and other delights from around the world. Prices vary with most dishes looking great value and a few looking a little steep.
Sit inside and watch the chef’s at work through the large viewing glass to the kitchen, sit outside and watch people go by to nearby bar’s such as Viva and Le Nest. The four of us sat inside in comfortable black seats with a high back. We shared an antipasti platter for start consisting of various cheeses, meats and vegetables. Easily enough for the four of us so good value at 85rmb. For our mains we tried the Parmesan chicken which consisted of two huge chicken breasts smothered in cheese and bacon accompanied by a large helping of mash potato.
We liked this dish and it would especially suit gym goers after a work out with the huge amount of chicken portion. Personally I think the dish could be improved with a hot tomato sauce or some sort of stuffing inside the breast. We tried a vegetarian spaghetti with pesto sauce which my friend loved. As I am from Yorkshire I couldn’t leave without trying the fish and chips. My housemate told me The Kitchen served the best fish and chips in China. I would have to agree. The portion of Fish was huge, served with wege style chips and tartar sauce.
People from the UK love their fish and chips and The Kitchen fish and chips are as close as you are going to get to back home. At 85rmb a fair price. Finally we also tried the Moroccan Cous-Cous, none of us had ever tried this before and opinion was mixed. My advice if you don’t know what it is don’t try it. Two out of four of us loved it and two hated it. A little dry for my palate and I wasn’t really sure what to do with the bowl of soup and dish of tomato puree it came with. Unfortunately nobody on hand could really help with this. At 115rmb if you don’t like it you would feel pretty let down. Moral of that story, stick to your favorites. To wash down the food we drank glasses of orange juice and bottles of corona for 30rmb and 25rmb respectively. Tiger is available on draft at 35rmb per pint, add the 10% service and this is way overpriced for Coco Park.
Wine seems good value with a bottle starting at 125rmb. Overall opinion, nice venue, massive portions of tasty food(except the Moroccan cous-cous), fast service and a wide selection of drinks. I will definitely return for the fish and chips and maybe treat myself to a huge 16oz steak next time or a gourmet burger which looks great value from 60-70rmb.
Check out The Kitchen’s full menu at www.thekitchenfutian.com
The Kitchen also offer a delivery service so why not give them a call on 2531 3860