Chai Wu Harrods

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Chai Wu is a contemporary Chinese restaurant on the fifth floor of Harrods, the world famous luxury department store in Knightsbridge, London. Located adjacent to the Shoe Heaven department, the restaurant is an opulent enclosed space, seating up to 90 guests.
The menu at Chai Wu has been thoughtfully devised by an expert team of experienced Chinese chefs, who have created a diverse menu of exquisite Chinese cuisine, incorporating speciality and luxury ingredients throughout. To start, a selection of soups, dim sum and small dishes are available, such as Chilean seabass dumplings with gold leaf; and Wagyu black pepper puffs.
Signature plates and specialities include Beijing duck; Japanese miyazaki kobe beef, sweet and sour chicken served in dragon fruit; and indulgent green tea chocolate fondant.
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M
London
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply the best Asian fusion restaurant we’ve ever been to and there is no better version of Peking duck. The prawn rolls are spectacular also.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice,there food very gooood

AP
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. One of the best Chineses restaurants I have tried in London.

JM
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great suggestions, service great, prompt service. Delicious food more inviting.

OT
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Booked table for 7:45... ordered by 8:15 had to be out by 9:00pm.

Very quick meal For a £270 meal.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Expensive and bad food. One of the worst Chinese restaurant that I have ever been to.

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would say that this is the best restaurant in London. From arriving you feel welcome and they are so organized. Care is at its best throughout the lunch. The grill lobster is the best I ever had and I have eaten lobster all around. The sushi tastes amazing. The mocktail was nice. The amount of food was perfect. I can go on to describe the details but it is best to go and see and experience perfection.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always great food

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing as always. My kids favourite restaurant !!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really like Chai wu fried rice and Grilled Lobster. Service was excellent ,staffs were very nice and helpful, good recommendations. We will come back definitely.

OT
London
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

As soon as we arrive, we were told off for making a reservation via Opentable at short notice (15 mins before arrival) and were advised to call the restaurant to do so next time. I don’t know what is the referral fee arrangement between Opentable and Chai Wu, but first, I had the option to make the reservation via Opentable, and if Chai Wu do know take reservation at short notice, this should be communicated with Opentable not to the customers; second, we have already made the booking, a table was reserved and turned up at the door on time, what is the point of telling us off?! Being told off as the first thing at arrival is a terrible way to begin any dinning experience, especially with the price range of Chai Wu. The food is nice and delicate. Although a little over priced, the location of it makes it one of the good options to dine when you are shopping in Harrods. We have been to Chai Wu four times as a regular shopper in Harrods but I guess this time has really disappointed us and will not go back again...

v
London
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another excellent lunch at Chai Wu. The food is consistently outstanding and on this occasion we enjoyed the vegetarian dumplings, beetroot dumplings, vegetarian California maki roll, Dim Sum platter and the tuna belly maki roll as well as a few cocktails amongst others. The star though was for me the Dim Sum player along with the lobster won ton soup. The delicately balanced flavours of the Dim Sum selection are worth the trip to Harrods alone. Can’t wait to visit again soon.

v
London
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We experienced Chai Wu at Taste of London and were blown away by their Dim Sum and vegetarian dumplings (which are egg free too). We decided to try Chai Wu for lunch and were not disappointed. From the cocktails to the Sushi, Dim Sum and main course dishes, all were exceptional. The only area of improvement was for the vegetarian spring rolls which were a bit oily (but to be expected given that they are fried after all).

Chai Wu is definitely somewhere I will return soon, however, ordering a la carte can be quite expensive, so I would recommend going for a set lunch or as a special treat.

OT
Dubai
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Even tho we reserved, had to wait 10-15 mins for the table

JM
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was delicious. However, service was poor. After being seated, it took over 20 minutes to get water and drinks, which was after 8pm. (We had 7:30p reservation.) At 10 minutes after 8pm, the manager came around to tell us the kitchen was closing in 10 minutes and we should get any additional food orders placed. I ordered two glasses of wine over the 45 minutes, only received one, and they tried to bill me for both. For a restaurant that has a strict 9pm departure requirement, you would think service would be more attentive. Sincerely disappointed in this experience.

KL
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! And ver nice services! Both Chinese dim sum or Japanese Sushi are delicious!

T
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Initially we started off on the wrong foot as the server after about15 minute wait brought our cocktails and also advised us that our meal would be coming now- before we even had started with our cocktails. We are expressed our reluctance to have our dim sum with the cocktails. It appeared that she recovered and waited the appropriate time asked if we were ready for our food. Overall, the dim sum was outstanding and the service attentive and we enjoyed ourselves and will come back.

OT
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Expensive for an afternoon lunch. Maybe we are paying for the fact that it is located within Harrods.

FA
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Asian restaurant ever.

JP
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was lovely had a fab time it was my husband 60 birthday

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were the only people there. They had not received our booking via the app. The service was very good, the food was nice but very expensive and honestly, not better than our local takeaway. The menu was unclear. I ordered sweet and sour chicken, it arrived covered in batter which I would not have ordered had I known this.

H
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! We turned up 20 minutes late which I was worried about as online it said that we had missed last orders but nothing was said. The staff were lovely, took us to our table and we’re happy to push two tables together for us to give us a bigger space. Our waitress recommended delicious cocktails with no qualms. The food was spectacular, the menu was extensive with lots of little edges which was great for avid foodies! Loved the black cod with candy floss and the sweet and sour chicken in a dragon fruit. Would absolutely return.

h
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual we enjoyed an excellent and relaxing early evening meal before Xmas shipoibg

DB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Higher in price but worth it. Would definitely go again.

AT
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Good food but not really value for money. Service was exceptional and the staff were very helpful. Thank you.

A
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Every thing is perfect the food is delicious and the services is amazing but it’s too expensive

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I strongly recommend the Beijing Duck!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and good service.

KL
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious Chinese food, and very fresh and yummy sashimi ! The staffs are very friendly with the kids!

AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peaceful family meal with great service and a great waitress

C
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

If you must eat in Harrods and if you must eat Chinese food - which was my case because of my friends who were quite restricted with food choice and venue - then you need to be ok with paying a lot of money for mediocre Chinese food.
This is not a place to have a quality dining experience for sure but if you must eat here I'd say dim sums I had were pretty decent (but for a hefty price...).

OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the food, the most amazing was prawns in Coconut. Desert has 3 scoop ice cream of Pandan, salty caramel and pistachio!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a really nice experience after shopping at Harrods a good option for something different in the shop

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sublime! The duck was wonderful. Consistently good. But pricey!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waiters were rather busy. But the overall experience was quite good.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Very bad experience with the hostess Margaret. Extremely rude, expected better from such a high end restaurant. Very disappointed, not worth it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Chai Wu were so lovely!! I was celebrating a birthday and my friend her engagement and they made some cakes with candles for both of us!! The food is superb! Definitely worth a return visit!!

MP
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend, even as a family with kids. Treated extremely well by our host from start to end. Our waitress was also very polite. Food tasted amazing and drinks choices were refreshing.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great ambience....the staff are friendly and ever so helpful.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are probably more hyped places in London, like Hakkasan and Hutong where the food plays second fiddle to "being seen," talking selfies and distorting the entire meal with Snapchat filters.

That isn't Chai Wu even though it easily could have been. Here the food and the service are the core values.

The food is brilliant; subtle where it needs to be, in for example: smoked chicken, and dover sole with black bean sauce. This isn't black bean sauce that is applied to everything, I've never tasted black sauce like this before and it went perfectly with the sole. There are big flavours too; the Wagu beef skewers, there's only three pieces but you will remember them for a long time. The only place that is comparable that I can think of is Kai.

The service is also very good: friendly, a little funny and efficient.

The ambience was perfect for me, quiet but humming.

Heavily recommended.