Pan Asian - Another One Bites the Dust
Pan Asian has been around for a few years now. They clearly didn't lose sleep over the name but it does sum up what it is as obviously as possible. Pan Asian has everything from live Teppanyaki and Sushi to tables fitted for your own private Hot Pot (shabu shabu) sessions.
|Hot Pot Table|
The menu represents food all the way from Thailand to Japan with pitstops in Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea and more. Its simply Pan Asian! Recently they even had the great fortune of acquiring sushi chef from Sakura, which was a BIG pull for me. However, sadly and strangely they do not serve sushi for lunch! "What no sushi for lunch??" Yup, the perfect lunch no where to be seen. Anyway after my initial shock wore off I realized all was not over, for Pan Asian has managed to serve consistently good food (despite such a large and overwhelming menu) through out. I had not been in a few years so wanted to see if it was still all that .. or more? Wishful thinking...
Our meal for two:
- Fresh Watermelon Juice - Perfect! Was just the right amount of sweetness, fruity and refreshing.
- Shu Mai - Nope not a typo on my part. The "Shu Mai" here was really meant to be called Har Gau! Now I'm quite used to seeing ingredients and names of dishes arbitrarily used in a lot of Delhi restaurants. However I didn't quite expect that from our dear old Sheraton! Lucky for them I was really craving har gau (which they didn't have on the menu - or I guess they did). Unlucky for them their har gau was not quite up to my craving. Was over steamed for starters, which left the skin absolutely mushy and falling apart. The filling was tasteless, so the unusual black bean sauce in which to dunk these insipid balls, made total sense. Oh well back to Royal China for dim sum.
- Jing Jiang Kou Si - Stir fried pork w/ Hoisin and Miso Paste, Spring Onions w/ Pancakes - So the way the description was written, I thought we were getting it with the pancakes on the side, peking duck style. Or maybe it was my stubborn preconceived notions. Either way that wasn't the issue here. What was the issue was the quality of their pork. I assumed being at a 5 star hotel I shouldn't have too many complaints regarding the quality of the meat but I did. It had this unmissable over bearing sour gamy taste that I found hard to get past. My companion however was less fussy. The second problem was we couldn't really taste any hoisin or miso, which I was really looking forward to. If nothing else that sticky sweetness is hard to hide, but they managed to make it invisible. Tasted like it was simply tossed around in soy and oyster sauce - salty not sweet. We asked for some hoisin on the side to add on later. Despite the initial disappointment I actually really liked the concept of this dish. The pancakes tossed in there were delicious and made it almost a meal on its own. Shame about the meat and the misleading flavours.
- Daging Rendang - Rendang is a delicious Indonesian coconut meat stew usually made with beef. Our version had lamb. Now I dont quite know what this was but it certainly wasn't a rendang! It tasted more like an EXTREMELY spicy red curry. I understand rendang is spicy too but this was just torture! The meat itself was tough, which is a huge contradiction to a traditional rendang where the meat is so tender its literally disintegrating. Also rendang is cooked to a point where the liquid from the coconut milk and meat dries up, leaving a rich, almost caramelized paste to accompany the meat. Its actually a slow, time consuming dish, which this jiffied out version was no where near! Also lacking were those fragrant and texturally stimulating toasted coconut bits. *Sigh*
- Green Tea Ice-Cream w/ a Hazelnut and Coconut Tuile - What I would have liked to try was their Hot Toffee Pudding but we were too full, so settled for something lighter. No not ordering dessert is never an option, thank you very much! Firstly, their fancy tuile had nothing coconutty or hazelnutty about it! In fact it wasn't even a tuile! It was simply a cheese straw -minus the cheese. What a gyp. I'm getting quite sick of all the deception that goes on in this city's restaurants!! As for the ice-cream - YUCK!!!! If you can't tell from the colour the green tea flavour was extremely lacking! Was more icey than creamy. It honestly tasted like something from a Quality Walls cart!
Labels: Brunch, Chinese, Dim Sum, Japanese, Korean, Pan Asian, Sushi, Thai, Vietnamese