My favourite department store on the planet has to be Harrods. It’s your one stop shop to luxury heaven and the best thing is, you can quite literally find everything all under one roof. Last month, I was invited to indulge in a spot of Friday lunching at Pan Chai Harrods and who was I to resist?!
Located on the ground floor of Britain’s most luxurious department store is Pan Chai, an open plan Pan-Asian restaurant, situated right in the heart of the Harrods food hall.
As I was visiting on a Friday, I deliberately asked for an early reservation of 12pm to avoid the lunch time rush. We had our pick of the seats which is no bad thing, so we opted for two seats, right in the middle of the bar, giving us the perfect view of the chefs in action.
After ordering a Bellini to quaff my thirst, it was time to scrutinise the menu. With an impressive number of dishes to choose from, deciding what to order is no mean feat!
After seeing beautiful pieces of fresh fish adorn the counter, we ordered a combination of sushi and sashimi to address the crave in our hungry bellies.
The first dish to arrive was the “Harrods Special” signature sushi rolls. These were quite literally heaven on a plate and consisted of fresh snow crab in an avocado and spicy mayo roll, topped with chopped scallops, spring onion and orange & black caviar.
They were absolutely irresistible and my favourite dish of our meal.
Next came the spicy salmon roll. This dish didn’t quite live up to the encounter we’d just had with the “Harrods Special”. In fairness, this was always going to be a hard act to follow and I think it was probably our mistake for ordering the Harrods Special as our first dish.
Our “Gohin” sashimi platter however was just as good as it looked.
I was completely captivated by the dry ice at this point and must admit that I did indeed get a little trigger happy 😂.
The Gohin platter consists of pieces of salmon, tuna belly, eel, yellow tail, scallop, seabass and jumbo sweet shrimp.
I adored the tuna belly and yellow tail. Both were incredibly tender and melted in my mouth in a matter of seconds.
I’m very proud of myself for being adventurous and trying the eel. I’ve had eel once before and couldn’t stand it but my second experience faired much better. This was sweet and not at all chewy which is my main memory from my first experience.
Our final dish which was a last minute spur of the moment decision, was the grilled jumbo prawn. This was ever so slightly overdone but it tasted very fresh and had a great spicy flavour to it.
We enjoyed our lunch date at Pan Chai Harrods. The service was on point and the ambience, once busy was great. If I had my time again then I would definitely focus my choices on the signature sushi rolls and sashimi platters. It’s worth highlighting that dining here doesn’t come cheap, but then again it’s Harrods after all!
Have you eaten at Pan Chai Harrods before?