Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Mon Jul 30 2012
There’s a real warmth to this residential Raynes Park restaurant, which pulls an appreciative crowd of Eastern and Western diners. Even on a cold, dark evening, the dining room feels light and bright – and comfortably cosy. The smiling staff are happy to talk you through a menu that contains more than just the standard array of barbecues, stews and stir-fries. We’re always impressed by the depth and complexity of the flavours here, and our most recent visit was no exception.
Cah Chi is known for its excellent sundae: black pudding stuffed with cellophane noodles. You can have it either au naturel in thick slices with a little salt for dipping, or stir-fried with cabbage, onion and chilli on the table-top grill. The latter version was a glorious combination of textures and flavours, including deeply savoury perilla leaves (kkaennip).
Also first-rate was a side dish of raw, pickled squid strands in a silken, sweet, spicy koch’ujang-based sauce; the seafood had just the right amount of resistance as you bit into it. Even the complimentary panch’an are better than average, with subtle own-made kimchi and sweet, nutty adzuki beans a regular feature. Without doubt, this is one of the best Korean restaurants in the London area.
Cah Chi 34 Durham Road
- Venue phone:
020 8947 1081
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 5-10.30pm Tue-Fri. Meals served noon-10.30pm Sat, Sun
Tube: Raynes Park rail or bus 57, 131
Main courses £15-£18. Set dinner £20 3 courses. Corkage (wine only) £3
- 34 Durham Road
- 020 8947 1081
- 34 Durham Road
- Cah Chi