Review by Nichole L. Reber
It may be the ambiance that brings some to The Kitchen Futian. Sleek, minimalist furniture in red and black matches accoutrements. Softly
played worldlounge music pairs well with commissioned art on the walls. Outside, heaters defy cold weather during winter while robust plants grant privacy from surrounding restaurants.
If that’s not enough to draw you in, consider the menu’s expansiveness. It’s filled with pan-Western dishes from Italian to Tex Mex and steaks to fish ‘n’ chips. Its numerous vegetarian options and brunch may also whet your appetite.
To start we ordered the beef carpaccio and the Greek salad. The tasty carpaccio, lightly drizzled with lemon and extra virgin olive oil, surprised my friend with its slight spice and its side of marvelously marinated green bean salad (RMB 65). My Greek salad’s supposedly feta cheese was actually goat cheese (RMB 50), which I deemed preferable.
Finally we moved on to the entrées. I relished the seemingly innumerable layers of pasta and bite-sized chunks of fresh veggies in the vegetarian lasagna (RMB 80). The shape– more like Shephard’s pie, less like a tower of layers– initially proved a bit curious. It did, however, result in a pasta moister than the traditional tower. My friend tried the sweet potato gumbo (RMB 75). It usually comes with miniature polenta cakes, but this time it appeared like a crown around a scoop of rice. He didn’t get very far into the dish, though, because the excess salt seemed to pucker his lips.
Now onto the dessert. My friend’s fresh, moist profiterolles were topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and then decadently layered with warm chocolate sauce (RMB 55). I, however, went trad. I happily dug into the vanilla ice cream with warm chocolate sauce (RMB 55). These desserts truly were the cherry on top, leaving us with an overall positive impression of the place.
In addition to irresistible wine pairings and impressive holiday events, The Kitchen Futian also offers delivery and catering.
Coco Park District C
Shopping Park - Shop 144
Mingtian Road, Futian