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The Kitchen Futian
Coco Park District C
Shopping Park – Shop 144
Gou Wu Gong Yuan station Exit B
Min Tian Road
Futian, Shenzhen
Telephone: 2531-3860

http://www.thekitchenfutian.com

Style: Western

Directions: Take the Metro to Gou Wu Gong Yuan Station and take exit B(near the ATMS). Go up the two escalators on the ground level, turn right and walk 50 meters into the courtyard, then turn left, walk past Club Viva, and it’s on your left.

Kitchen, oh Kitchen, how I love thee.

I’ve been going to The Kitchen Futian since spring of last year, and that alone should tell you something. Many Western restaurants in Shenzhen aren’t worth a second glance. This one is run by a Cali transplant, Justus Jennings, who serves up very genuine States-style food including steaks, lamb chops, ribs, a selection of fish, pastas, and desserts.

Now, I’m not embarrassed to say that by this time I’ve worked my way through almost the entire Kitchen menu, but on this particular occasion, Bry and I went and we ordered: Roasted Tomato soup with basil oil and croutons

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Super nachos

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Parma ham and mozzarella chicken breast

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Veal Medallions

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AND Lemon Mousse

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Now, obviously, all this food is rather pretty so it’s going to get a pretty decent presentation score from me. If you’ve ever been to the kitchen, you’ll find a rather modest, medium space with red and black decor, a nice bathroom, and a glass window that allows you to watch the cooks at work, which is pretty cool. My only complaint about the locale is that it’s sandwiched between two clubs, which can get pretty annoying later in the evening with all the pounding music. As for the taste, well, the basil oil was just the right touch to compliment the creamy tomato soup, and the croutons inside were freshly backed. Bry and I have eaten the nachos before, and we enjoy how the chips are baked and crisp, the cheese and guacamole liberal, and the jalapeños fresh. However, one complaint is that there are no beans and very little meat on the nachos, which, in my opinion, makes them one step short of primo. My veal was medium, very red inside, super moist and flavorful, and complimented very well by the bacon and Swiss cheese topping. Bry commented that his chicken, while not being overly flavorful, was still very moist and good. I think that with a bit more cream sauce, it could have been perfect. The lemon mousse, however, really hit the spot. It was made with real bits of lemon zest and still tasted super citrusy despite being milk based, which I found pretty awesome. It was also a perfect, light finish to the meal.

I also had two glasses of wine with dinner; and while I don’t find the Kitchen’s wine selection to be very extensive, the bottles they do carry I enjoy, and they’re pretty affordable, as far as drinking in Shenzhen goes.

The service at the kitchen has always been really prompt, with almost all of the waitstaff speaking very intelligible English(important for a western restaurant), and while the servers aren’t super, out of their way courteous, they get the job done quickly and efficiently, which is, quite honestly, what most of us hope for.

The only real gripe I have about the Kitchen is that it’s kind of pricey. However, I do think that the value is good for what you receive. The portion sizes are very generous, the owner is supremely cool, and they’ll even deliver full meals to anywhere in Shenzhen! (For a delivery fee, of course) This place also has awesome 80 yuan lunch specials that include a drink, soup or salad, and an entree.

Overall, if you’re looking for a good steak, or just food that reminds you of a nice, high end western restaurant in the states, The Kitchen is the place to be. Here are my final stats:

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 stars
Service: 3 out of 5 stars
Taste: 4 out of 5 stars
Portion Size: 4 out of 5 stars
Value: 4 out of 5 stars

Price: $$$

Average Meal Price: 100-150 RMB (without drinks)

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