Chi Cafe | Chinatown | Chinese | Restaurant
Bright, mod Chinatown restaurant with an extensive menu and spotless glassed-in kitchen.

Our Review

Well-designed and bright, with mod orange and lime green accents, Chi Cafe has a spotless glassed-in kitchen and friendly, casually uniformed servers. The food tends toward the veggie-dominated Hong Kong style, with selections like wood ear mushrooms and okra, pea tips with garlic, and our favorite, Chinese chives with special sauce, a delicate stack of greens with jalapenos. The menu packs hundreds of options, including pedestrian faves like General Tso's and orange chicken, but there's plenty of edgier fare like pig's stomach, sizzling intestine, and duck’s tongue with fresh mushrooms. Jellyfish with a beef hind shank hinting of star anise was a simple surf-and-turf study in contrasts, and like the congee and soups, seasoned with great restraint. In fact, even in the case of dishes labeled "hot and spicy" the heat seems dialed down, though ingredients are fresh, preparations capable, and prices very reasonable—several "special snacks" including curried fish balls and boiled kidneys are in the $4 range. No alcohol, but many smoothies and tea drinks.

David Hammond

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