1 Michelin Star Chefs: Alex Chow, head chef, Kai

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Alex Chow is head chef at the one Michelin starred, Kai in Mayfair.

Head chef Alex Chow has previously worked in Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore. He decided to move to London back in 2004 and hasn't looked back.



65 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2QU

Opening hours: Lunch Monday to Friday 12pm to 2:15pm; Saturday to Sunday 12:30pm to 2:45pm

Dinner Monday to Saturday 6:30pm to 10:45pm; Sunday 6:30pm to 10:15pm

Website: http://www.kaimayfair.co.uk/

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7493 8988

Email: [email protected]

Restaurant manager: Bernard Yeoh 

Facebook: KaiMayfair

Regarded as one of London’s most exciting and creative chefs, Alex specialises in modern Chinese cuisine. He has 10 chefs under him, and says that his advice for upcoming chefs is that they must cook from the heart and give their best to satisfy customers.

Alex Chow
Alex Chow


Kai have won many awards, they were the highest ranked Chinese restaurant in the Sunday times in both 2012 and 2015. They were also awarded the best Chinese restaurant in London by the Hardens restaurant guide in 2009.

As well as these awards, they also received a nomination for the UK best dishes as well as Tatler magazine best kitchen awards in 2006. Kai Mayfair has appeared in the Chinese heat on the channel four series, Ramsay’s Best Restaurant.

“I have been trying to win this award from the day we opened in 1993,” said the Penang-born restaurateur, famed for his soup – Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (touted to be the world’s most expensive soup) which costs £108 (RM606) per bowl.

Food style

In 2009, Kai was awarded a Michelin star and was the only Chinese restaurant at the time to be on the Michelin list. They balance their food between traditional and comfort recipes with a more modern interpretation of Chinese food – using ingredients from other cuisines.

His food philosophy is based on tradition, innovation, personality and love.; and he is inspired by his Mum’s cooking  which still guides him on how he would love  diners to feel when he creates a new dish.

Restaurateur and interior

Bernard Yeoh is the owner of Kai Mayfair. An ex-Olympian, Bernard represented Malaysia in Athens as a sport shooter. The scene is authentic, which fabric seating and colourful cushions to set the mood. They blend traditional and not so traditional which is something to be noted before visiting this restaurant.


Highest Ranked Chinese Restaurant
The Sunday Times (Britain's Top 100 Restaurants)
2012 & 2015

Best Chinese Restaurant in London
Harden's Restaurant Guide 2009

Videos by Kai, Mayfair:

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Editor 30th September 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Alex Chow, head chef, Kai