Kym’s is a Chinese restaurant in the City from Andrew Wong, who brought us the Michelin starred A Wong in Pimlico. A Wong was one of our favourite restaurant experiences of the year because of the very creative way traditional Chinese dishes were cooked and presented and how delicious the food was. So Kym’s shot to the top of our list immediately it opened, especially as its focused on Chinese roasting.
Kym’s is in the Bloomberg Arcade, which is quickly becoming a dining destination with the fantastic restaurants such as Brigadiers and Caravan. Kym’s is uniquely beautiful and makes the best use of it’s space. The layout is really cool, with a lovely bar in the centre and an open kitchen. The service is also really solid.
What we ordered
The menu is fairly small but it has a bit of everything and every dish is intriguing. We ordered Spring Roll, Prawn Skewers, Wild Mushroom Buns, and Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs for starters. Crispy Duck to share. Slow Poached Soy Chicken for Shiima’s main and Three Treasure for mine.
The Spring Roll was very beautifully presented and delicious, although not particularly uniquely delicious. The pastry was perfectly crisp and filling was full of flavour.
The wild mushroom buns were also very beautiful. They absolutely looked like mushrooms. It tasted awesome. Indulgent fluffy buns and rich mushroom filling.
Prawn Skewers were good, but only after I took off all the rice crackers surrounding the skewers because I’m not a fan of that. Tasty, but ultimately unnecessary.
Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs were fantastic. Well balanced classic flavours and fall off the bone succulent.
Crispy Duck was so good! So much that Shiima has three portions of the pancakes and she’s usually not into Duck. The Duck leg is boneless and perfectly crispy so you can shred it yourself. I also loved the pickled plum slices and the plum sauce. We usually ask for chilli oil at this point, but there was no need for a spice kick. Ace dish.
The poached chicken soy was delicious and perfectly tender. Classic roasted flavour that’s elevated by the ginger relish and Spring Onion sauce.
Three Treasure is a mix of roasted dishes, the poached chicken soy, Cantonese crispy Pork belly, and Iberico Pork Char Sui. The Char Sui was my favourite. Thinly sliced and with the barbecue sauce completely infused in each slice. The pork belly was awesome too… delicious, not too fatty and the skin perfectly roasted. Loved it.
We ordered Chinatown Pineapple bun to share.
It was really delicious, but rather familiar. Like a croissant, but more dense and I would’ve preferred more custard. Regardless, it was lovely.
We absolutely enjoyed our experience at Kym’s. It’s beautiful, solid service, and the food is just excellent. We recommend for dates (more casual), group dinners (4 to 6 people) with friends, family, or colleagues, and special occasions. Kym’s is moderately expensive as well, so do consider that.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Shiima’s Star Dish: Wild Mushroom Bun
Amen’s Star Dish: Three Treasure
Rating: 5 out of 5