Kai

4.6
1097 reviews
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Voted the ‘Best Chinese’ in London by Harden’s Guide 2009 and recently awarded the Michelin Star, Kai Mayfair combines warm and attentive service in surroundings that whisper luxury- perfect for ‘romance or business’







‘Beccleuch Estate Sirloin with black pepper, garlic flakes and sliced Chinese croissant’ ‘Steamed Chilean Sea bass Fillet, Chopped Snow Leaf topped with Shrimp Crumble’ are examples of Kai’s modern approach to Chinese cooking. The style is fresh and innovative but never forgetting it’s true Chinese roots.







‘The gracious service makes one feel like a regular within a visit or two.’ Zagat 2009
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MT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service, With a soy allergy this isn't the best cuisine to try. But the manager was very helpful prior to booking and waiter/waitress were very considerate towards my allergy and very informative.
Lovely food with great tastes. Very cosy atmosphere.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a birthday celebration with family. The food, service and ambience were second to none, as usual. A wonderful experience with twists of real genius.

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CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful what more can I say. 3rd visit and we will be back, delicious food and wonderful staff. My family had a wonderful experience in fact so good we went twice in 4 days

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DK
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Four of us had lunch at Kai - we had set menus.
The service was lovely and the food was tasty. However, it was a little strange as items were arriving one each from set menu - so for example we would receive one tiny plate of noodles, one tiny piece of seabass and it would be a bit akward to share between the four of us. Table of two next to us were receiving the same amount and sharing to two which is easier. It would be more comfortable if four people were getting at least two of the dishes, otherwise it appears that we paying more but getting less... we had to ask to repeat some of the dishes as it wasnt enough for all four people to try and we were given a repeat, but this wasnt made clear to us at the beginning and thus the experience wasnt as great as it could have been.

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service

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IK
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Foods are amazing

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING , BEST DUCK WRAAAPSSS

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LA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

You absolutely must try the Roasted Chilean Seabass!

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L
London
19 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was just normal not outstanding.
Look at the restaurant from the outside I thought it would be an elegant, sort of like fine dining restaurant. However, the ambiance inside was just the opposite.
Not saying that they are bad, but don’t think I wanna go back next time.

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GW
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food was stunning. Definitely go back again. Best Chinese restaurant I’ve been to.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner — very tasty and nice looking food doubled by a friendly and attentive service.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Chinese in London

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Kai Mayfair to celebrate my birthday this year. Kai's Chinese cuisine is rather creative, unconventional and well presented. All ingredients used tasted fresh and well seasoned although overall it is a bit on the mild side to my liking. Do ask for their desserts menu, we loved and enjoyed our deserts so much, we may go back soon just to enjoy the deserts again.

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NY
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Kai is known as one of the top Chinese restaurants in London. We were booked in for the brunch on Saturday afternoon and felt a bit rushed (arrived at 1.30) and were told that it was a two-hour seating. The food is brought out all too quickly and should be spread out a little more. It is too overwhelming to be served the food altogether like that (15 courses) and it also goes cold very quickly as the plates are not warm and the air con is on. The deserts were fabulous. Cocktails slightly on the pricey side - food could be a bit more creative.

Staff are excellent as is the ambience so no complaints there. However will not be rushing back.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I am big fan of Kai normally but this time it was a little bit below my high expectations.
- One really good dish taken away from menu
- Too quick pace between getting dishes
May seem picky but as I say expect top notch standard.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Amazing food!! Was disappointed in the sevice, sent back chicken which was uncooked, did not receive any acknowledgement from any off the staff or management or did we received apologies, we had ordered some side dish, which remained on our table getting cold, and were not replaced with hot sides as the chicken took 15 mins to come to the table, we have been to many Michelin star restaurant, and that was definitely not the service i expected.

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LR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to eat in London. Went twice on a four day trip. Wasabi Prawns!

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening at the best Chinese restaurant.
It is pricey so one to save for special occasions. The cocktails were so tasty. My personal favourites are the tiramisu martini, spiced passion fruit martini and the lychee martini.
Dessert was also divine- we had the creme brûlée - best creme brûlée preparation I have ever had

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p
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bonne cuisine
Service moyen
Joli cadre situation centrale

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H
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food especially the ribs love it here

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quit possibly the best restaurant I’ve been to recently! Food was outstanding and the
Manager (Theresa) was delightful. Would recommend to anyone visiting, or living in London! Wonderful!

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J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Definitely Not Michelin Star level!!!

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CT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great, but the service was pretty poor. Booked a table for 9:30 and weren’t seated until 10:15. The head waiter apologised but didn’t offer us anything to make up for the inconvenience. A real shame as the food was so good, but I doubt I would bother going back.

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is just fantastic. Very nicely presented and it’s tastes unbelievable. The staff are extremely helpful well presented and attend to every need for you. Highly recommend to go if you haven’t. I’ve been now 4 times and worth every penny! :)

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ZF
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Kai last sat for the brunch meal with my two small children. We had 15 different courses and without exception each was delicious. We were offered extra dishes of our favourites, which was much appreciated. The service was perfect - seamless, fun and friendly. I have already recommended this restaurant to a number of friends! Thank you Kai

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T
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Sit upstairs. We were sat downstairs and there was no atmosphere. You could tell there was a bad vibe between the staff. Shame because the food was good. Next time I would go to Hakkasan the same price but a much better vibe

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VG
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. Lovely ambiance. Great for vegetarian too! Pricey but worth it for a treat.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a Saturday Brunch here last Saturday. My friend and I enjoyed it a lot. The food was delicious and we got to try a lot of different tastes. The startes were really good, so many different dishes. The main courses were already a little too much because of the so many starters, but still outstanding! We loved the dessert, so yummie and so good!!
Service was really nice and professional, but not too formal which is good, because it feels comfortable instead of too stiff.
Overall a very nice time here, been here already a few times before, but the first time for my friend and she likes it too :)

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ZK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was outstanding, especially the starters. The service was erratic, even a little crude at times, certainly for the price level.

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m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideal venue for a special occasion. Outstanding food!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Everything was so good I don't even know where to start, the service was unbelievable, the food was to die for and the dessert was amazing. I height recommend it

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h
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I have been to Kai before because I enjoy Chinese food and it isn't easy to find that in London these days. Our meal was reliably good but not as great as I feel it could be. The sweet and sour pork was good but just a little beyond crispy and verging on hard. A noodle dish which sounded mouthwatering drizzled in rendered pork dripping was bland and the noodles were a little tough. When the waiter asked how our meal was and I told him he clearly wasn't interested but said he'd pass it on to the chef. Nobody came and spoke to me about it though. Probably my last visit...

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PH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredible food. Delicate and fragrant flavours. The seared beef starter and sea bass main were particular favourites. The pandan brule was a delight to finish with and they made my partners birthday very special. Better than Hakkesan for flavours, deserving of the star. Service could have been more attentive.

Will definitely visit again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was cold , they forgot to bring the birthday cake and rewind the night

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and nice

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R
London
45 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expectations have been met.
Great food, fantastic service one of the best locations in London.
All persons dining here should try the vegetarian crispy duck option.

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NJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely relaxed setting. The service was perfect, both friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The food was outstanding, and I highly recommend the hot and sour soup it was beautiful, and will no doubt come back for this. Do also try the lemon meringue cocktail and stick around for a dessert!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always. Best Chinese in London

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m
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Too chi chi

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Saturday brunch may not provide food at quite the level of the main menu, but still good.

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