Restaurant Review: PF Chang’s Asian Table, Covent Garden in London
A combined celebration of Asian food paired with family dining, PF Chang’s, situated steps from the vibrancy of Leicester Square, offers a relaxed dining atmosphere complemented with wonderfully delicious and authentic pan-Asian cuisine.
Originating from LA, PF Chang’s recently reincarnated itself in London, reflecting the young, playful and edgy side to its American origin. A concept that has been taken from and inspired by its co-founder Philip Chang’s – his ethos orbited great times with family, friends and loved ones. A unique combination of high end quality mixed within a casual environment, Philip’s concept hones in on the cultural dynamism across the eastern continent.
As with most Asian food, generosity is key and all dishes are designed for sharing. Allowing for groups to try each taste, texture and emotion together, Philips’s love for art, music and food is also wrapped up within the experience. Described as ‘masters of the wok’, simple and locally sourced ingredients are brought to life with vibrant and traditional cooking techniques. It is refreshing to know that each dish is made completely from scratch using Philip’s notion of ‘farm to wok’ with an array of fusion style dishes that take inspiration from the very finest elements of Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisine to create an Asian hybrid concept.
The Original Dynamite Shrimp that is described as ‘often imitated, never duplicated’ was recommended to us and served in a striking martini glass is unforgettably delicious along with another favourite: the Mongolian Beef. Whilst in honour of Philip’s mother, is the Original Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps and new dishes exclusive to the London restaurant such as the Lobster and Shrimp Spring Roll, Crispy Prawns, Grilled Lemongrass Lamb Chops and Wok Charred Prime Ribeye. Paired with some cocktails and a bottle of crisp white wine, PF Chang’s is a must visit for Asian foodies.
Utilising the open kitchen that runs along the rear of the restaurant, PF Chang’s also offers diners an interactive Chef’s Table experience. Getting up close with the ‘masters of the wok’ this offering allows diners to observe the chefs create wontons, sushi and egg rolls whilst sat at the communal table. Turning our attention to desserts, PF Chang’s Pastry Lab creates desserts such as the dark and rich flourless chocolate cake and cheesecake with port poached pear.
Reflecting Philip’s love for culture, the two-floor restaurant pays homage to its previous identity: Studio 51 (the jazz bar that saw the Beatles famously give The Rolling Stones the hit single ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’) with gold records lining the back of the bar. This is mixed with artwork from UK street artist HOOD who echoes China’s rich history of urban environments and archaic alleyways.
Address: P.F. Chang’s Asian Table, 10 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, www.pfchangs.co.uk, 01923 555161