P.F.Chang’s Asian Table needs no introduction. They are a global restaurant chain with presence in the US and the Middle East. Nearly everyone I know has visited at least one P.F.Chang’s in their lifetime. Everyone, except me!
Which is why I was glad to finally make it to the only UK branch of P.F.Chang’s Asian Table. We met as part of a Bloggers Night, organised by Love Pop Ups London.
The London branch of this hugely successful international chain is fairly spacious. There is a bar and high tables at the front and an open kitchen at the back. There is a small section downstairs but really upstairs (or ground floor) is where all the buzz is.
The evening kicked off with a totally Instagrammable Purple Colada | Coconut rum, Amaretto, Pineapple juice, Lemon juice, Blue tea, Coconut cream. It was ever so slightly high on the rum content which made it quite lethal but I was not complaining! Pina Colada is one of my favourite cocktails and this was a winning cocktail for me.
For my starter, I had eyes for only one dish: the iconic and the legendary Original Dynamite Shrimp | Crispy Tempura Battered Shrimp, Spicy Sriracha Aioli, Spring Onions. In fact, nearly every table had one of these as it is one of their most popular dishes. The dish totally lived up to its hype. It was served in a martini glass filled to the brim with fat, juicy shrimps, slathered in sauce. It was delicious and thoroughly enjoyable. A lot of people are of the opinion that the Dubai version is best but, for me, this was one of the better starters I have had in a London restaurant.
For my main, I chose the Asian Marinated Rib Eye | Marinated 24 hours and served with Wasabi Mash.
I paired it with some Sichuan Green Beans | Sambal Chilli Paste, Ginger, Garlic, Pickled Chinese Radishes.
The steak was flavourful but unfortunately the meat was a bit chewy. The wasabi in the mash was a lot more subtle than I was expecting. The green beans though were perfection; verdant and crispy with that lovely smack of garlic that I like.
The White Chocolate Bomb | Honeycomb, Cocoa Nibs, Popping Candy, Chocolate Soil, Hazelnuts and Creamy Hazelnut Ice Cream was a well presented dessert. Accompanied by a molten toffee sauce, it was clearly a very popular choice across the table.
I, however, opted for a more soothing Sticky Toffee Pudding | Hot Toffee Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream. It hit the spot on a cold night, in spite of being a conventional choice for a dessert.
Service was mostly on point. The only complaint would be that the downstairs bathrooms were messy and unclean. It could have done with a bit of staff attention.
This was my first time visiting a P.F.Chang’s Asian Table and I must say I have become a fan! Yes, it is a chain and its location at a stone’s throw away from Leicester Square means it is touristy. But it is also a perfect restaurant for a night out in Central London with groups. The food is good and dependable and the cocktails impress! The prices are on the higher side, but portions are pretty substantial. You can also bulk it out with rice and sides to get more mileage out of your meal here! Overall, it was a fun night with a fun crew!
Location : 10 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JA
N.B. I was invited to review and hence my meal was complimentary but all photos and opinions are mine.