"You'll find tasty classics with an Asian twist"Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
Leicester Square isn't exactly known as a hotbed of cuisine; you're more likely to stumble across a tourist-friendly Angus Steakhouse than somewhere you'd actively seek our for a decent dinner. But all that has changed with the arrival of the latest new opening from across the pond, PF Chang's Asian Table.
The American import - a well know chain across the pond - has brought with it an injection of much-needed finesse to the area.
Start with the Dynamite Shrimp, tender tempura prawns in a dazzlingly moreish sriracha aioli. You'll probably want more than one serving. The Seared Ahi Tuna, slivers of yellowtail served with asparagus, peach and dill leaves, citrus ponzu and Japanese mayo was melt-in-the-mouth delicious. Their sushi is excellent, try the Black Truffle Rainbow Sushi Roll, with yellowfin and ahi tuna, hamachi, salmon, cucumber, kaiwari sprouts, enoki, avocado, truffle pâté, ka at ali and wasabi aioli. So many flavours in one dish make for a taste sensation with every mouthful.
It's tempting to fill up on the spectacular offering of starters, but the mains are equally as good. We had grilled lamb chops in a soy and lemongrass marinade and a huge stack of juicy Chinese BBQ ribs in a sticky savoury hoisin sauce, accompanied with a kicking wasabi mash, tempura cauliflower and Sichuan green beans. I'll definitely be making a return visit however for the famous Chang's Chicken, wok-fired and tossed in chilli paste, garlic, vinegar and sugar.
If, after all that, you have room for dessert, the Gorgonzola Cheesecake blew my friend's mind. Don't be put off by the lumps of mould (it is blue cheese after all...), it was apparently the most magical dessert she'd ever tasted. I instead settled for a Matcha Green Tea Creme Brûlée, a delicately flavoured pudding accompanied by puffed black rice, giving an interesting crunch to the dish.
It's worth noting PF Chang's is also famed for its brunches, where you'll find tasty classics with an Asian twist, like the Kayla French Toast; brioche made with coconut milk, whipped cream and eggs, topped with caramelised pineapple, Thai Kaya Jam, a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg and topped with maple syrup and whipped coconut cream.
Laurel reviewed PF Chang's Asian Table on Mon 09 Oct 2017