Pan Chai – Harrods – Knightsbridge, London

Pan Chai is an Asian Fusion restaurant located in Harrods, on the Ground Floor in the Food Hall.  It is a counter style restaurant where you can watch the sushi chefs creating amazing rolls and platters while you eat!Pan Chai Restaurant - Harrods, Knightsbridge, London by Emma Eats & Explores

Chabile, the hostess, welcomed me warmly and showed me to my seat.  I decided to start with a glass of Moutard Vintage Champagne 2007 while I waited for Dan to arrive.  The champagne was delicious, lovely and toasty, you could tell that it was nicely aged, and was the perfect way to start off the meal.  Dan then arrived, ordered a glass of champagne too and we decided to take a look over the menu.Pan Chai Restaurant - Harrods, Knightsbridge, London by Emma Eats & Explores

The menu is vast and there are plenty of options to suit a quick-lunch or a longer more decadent dinner.  There are dishes on offer from many Asian countries, from Malaysian Beef Rendang to Korean Wagyu Beef to Japanese Salads and Soups.  You can also have traditional sushi or nigiri or go for something a bit different.  We decided to try a few options and share everything so that we could get a sense of all the food that was on offer.

We ordered a bottle of the Puligny Montrachet, 1er Cru to pair with the meal.  I’m normally a red drinker but with all the light seafood that was on offer we decided to go for a white wine and Puligny Montrachet is one of my favourites.  An oaky Chardonnay is my favourite type of white wine and Puligny Montrachet is one of the best examples.  This was a fantastic offering from Pan Chai, a beautiful Chardonnay with well-integrated oak and hints of pineapple and citrus.  It had a buttery finish to it and would complement the seafood perfectly.Pan Chai Restaurant - Harrods, Knightsbridge, London by Emma Eats & Explores

I asked our waitress Chabile for some food recommendations and she went straight to the Pan Chai platter section.  These were different platters for either 1 or 2 people with a selection of nigiri, sashimi,  sushi rolls and even more alternative choices such as foie gras or wagyu beef.Pan Chai Restaurant - Harrods, Knightsbridge, London by Emma Eats & Explores

We decided to go with the sashimi platter (Gohin Platter – £75) for 1 to share as one of our starters.  It also came with a portion of edamame beans beforehand which we tucked into while we waited for the sashimi.  It was huge!  3 pieces each of salmon, tuna belly, eel, yellowtail, scallops, sea bass, snow crab and caviar toppings.  And what amazing sashimi it was.  It was the freshest seafood I think I’ve ever eaten in a UK restaurant.  The highlights for me were the scallops – so tender and flavourful and the tuna belly.  I’ve never had it as sashimi before but it was so rich and fatty that it just melted in my mouth.Pan Chai Restaurant - Harrods, Knightsbridge, London by Emma Eats & Explores

We were glad we only ordered the platter for one though!  It was plenty to share for both of us and that’s what I tended to find with most of the dishes.  The prices are quite high but the portions are extremely generous.

Dan also ordered the Mixed Tempura £42.50 on our waitresses recommendation.  Crispy battered rock shrimp, soft shell crab, and lobster served with an orange ponzu sauce.  Not being able to eat the batter didn’t stop me from picking it off and eating the delicious seafood.  The lobster was so firm and meaty and fresh – it really was amazing quality.  I’ve had many a badly battered shrimp and these ones were just incredible.  The crab was tasty and meaty and again, there was so much of it and so beautifully presented!Pan Chai Restaurant - Harrods, Knightsbridge, London by Emma Eats & Explores

Next up we decided to go for the Tuna & Hamachi Tartare £26.00 which was yellow tail sashimi, topped with ginger puree, chive, jalapeno, caviar & miyuga.  Billed as a starter, this again, could very easily be a lunch for one person as there was so much of it.  It was fresh and delicious and I loved the pairing with the ginger and the tamari.  There was a nice crunch from the cucumber, and the caviar on top added another interesting texture.Pan Chai Restaurant - Harrods, Knightsbridge, London by Emma Eats & Explores

Finally, we decided that we should order something hot so we ordered the Chicken Medallion £22.95 from the grill menu. Chicken marinated in Korean chilli oil, fruit juice, herbs, grilled and glazed with spicy bulgogi sauce.  Again, it was double the size that we were expecting, two huge pieces of chicken came out covered in the most delicious spicy sauce.  Perfectly balanced with salt and sweet it was sticky and delicious and the quality of the chicken was nothing like I’ve ever had before.  I’m still not sure how they made it so juicy and tender!Pan Chai Restaurant - Harrods, Knightsbridge, London by Emma Eats & ExploresAnd when in Asia…we decide to finish with a glass of Sake.  Chabile recommended the Premier Plum Sake so we had a glass to end with each.  Syrupy and sweet, almost dessert wine like, it was a fantastic ending to what had been a really exceptional meal.Pan Chai Restaurant - Harrods, Knightsbridge, London by Emma Eats & Explores

The seafood was some of the freshest I’ve ever eaten in the UK.  It’s expensive but you can see why, the quality is phenomenal.  The portions were extremely generous and for me it is definitely value for money.  We ordered a lot as we wanted to try a few different things but would have been completely satisfied ordering less food due to the size of the portions.  The service was impeccable – very friendly and very hospitable and nothing was too much trouble.  Our waitress was very helpful and knowlegable when we asked for recommendations and we felt very well looked after throughout.

If there was one criticism, it’s that the quality of the food and service that I received at Pan Chai is almost wasted on its location.  It’s definitely restaurant quality service and food and offers so much more than you would imagine from the location and look of the place.  I’ve never been to a counter restaurant before with fine-dining.  It was definitely a more luxurious affair because of it.  Pan Chai would definitely benefit from a more upscale and intimate location.  I would love to see Pan Chai become so successful that they’re able to open a restaurant in a different location – one more befitting of the food and the quality of the service.  If my experience was anything to go by I would expect Pan Chai to have its own premises very soon…watch this space!

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48 Comments Add yours

  1. Annie says:

    Wow. Great photos – they really show the quality of the food.

  2. Jen Nordine says:

    Wow! This place looks amazing! Definitely adding it to my list when in London! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Literally not a sushi, sashimi or wine person but that tempura looks crazy good! And the chicken is calling my name!

  4. wanderlustayne says:

    I have eaten at Pan Chai before the food is incredible! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  5. I love Harrods so much!! I also loved these pics! It took me back to when i lived there <3

  6. Andrea Broom says:

    I haven’t eaten there yet it sounds amazing! Gonna have to head over to London ASAP!

  7. Sushmita Thakare Jain says:

    Would love to visit food looks delicious 😀 thanks for sharing dear!

  8. The food all looks so lovely there I would love to go visit for a meal sometime.

  9. Oh my goodness! This place sounds and looks sensational. Love seafood, so this is utter heaven! I agree, for the price and quality it deserves its own venue for sure…but will be sure to check it out next time I’m in Harrods!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  10. Ana De-Jesus says:

    Pan Chai looks lovely. I love the sound of the plum sake and it is great that the sea food was of premium quality x

  11. ljdove23 says:

    Wow this all looks amazing!! We aren’t local but if I had the opportunity I would love to go!

  12. robin masshole mommy says:

    That sounds like a great place to eat. The food all looks awesome.

  13. burlyandpuff says:

    MMMM! This looks so yummy! Good choice going with the white wine to pair with the seafood. I would LOVE to try that tuna tartare.

  14. Amber says:

    Ooo this food looks delicious! I’d love to try it out.

  15. The tempura and chicken looked amazing. Your pictures really do the food justice.

  16. Elizabeth O. says:

    These are all lovely dishes! I can see myself enjoying these very much especially since they’re all seafood and some chicken too. I don’t eat beef or pork so this place is perfect!

  17. hal bloss says:

    the restaurant looks great! and that chardonnay is one of my faves – love chardonnay!

  18. What a great place for an elegant dinner. We are crazy about sushi, and it all looks so yummy here. We’re raving to try Pan Chai.

  19. Asian food is love. That sashimi platter is heaven. Other delicacies looks delish as well. This restaurant is interesting.

  20. The food look so good that I can almost taste it from here. The next time I visit Harrod i will definitely come by and eat there. I miss all the asian food particularly beef rendang.

  21. I haven’t been to Harrods yet, but this place looks absolutely amazing. It’s making my mouth water just looking at it!

  22. Lindsey says:

    This place looks divine! I’m going to harrods on mothers day so if not busy that’s were I’ll head for lunch

  23. moderatemum says:

    What an amazing meal! I love how pretty it looks

  24. Natalie says:

    Definitely adding this to my places to visit list, food looks lovely and service sounds fab. great post!

  25. It looks a very classy restaurant. I would definitely visit as I love Harrods. That tempura looks fantastic

  26. Krista Bel says:

    The food looks lovely. And the location is really beautiful .I guess like you said they could be somewhere better but this place is good.

  27. Neha Verma says:

    I haven’t eaten a Pan Chai before. It seems so tasty. I will like to try it out. Can I get a few veg versions?

  28. These foods look delicious! I love to be able to explore other cultures cuisine.

  29. I have never tried sushi before. The food looks amazing, would love to try.

  30. Sashimi! Love all your pictures. Yum.

  31. Wow the food looks very tasty. Love the photos.

  32. PinkOddy says:

    How great to hear that it was such good quality – and customer service is really important to me. I agree those portion sizes look great.

  33. Ree love30 says:

    Quite pricey but then again it is harrods! Food looks and sounds amazing. Ree love30

  34. Jenny says:

    I’ve never tried Pan Asian food before but it looks amazing.

  35. Sarah says:

    Tad pricey for me, but i’m ashamed to say I’ve never actually tried asian food!

  36. Elanor says:

    It’s a shame that I can’t regularly afford to eat for these kind of prices, my husband absolutely loves sushi!

  37. sveeteskapes says:

    Looks like a nice asian place to dine at! Love the restaurant scene on Harrods, they are all amazing!

    xx, Kusum

  38. Oh my goodness. I LOVE shrimp and wine! It’s quite pricey for me here, but none the less it’s so so good! Yum!

  39. ChelseaMamma says:

    Oh wow, the food looks amazing. I had never considered going to Harrods for a meal

  40. We’ve walked passed Pan Chai before once while browsing in Harrods and it was busy which is a good sign. The food looks delicious x

  41. Helen says:

    This all looks amazing, the chicken sounds delicious. I love your photos of everything, they really do the good justice.

  42. Rosey says:

    That’s awesome that the platter for one was enough to share. I love when that happens. 🙂 Everything looks great!

  43. Mixed tempura! Ahhh! The food looks absolutely GREAT.

  44. This looks delicous. Everything looks fabulous.

  45. Camela says:

    Pan Chai looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  46. Dreaming Loud says:

    Pan chai looks lovely. I love Asian food, it’s my go to when I am traveling or eating out as I love vegetables and rice

  47. This looks incredible. I’ve ate at a few of the restaurants in Harrods but not at this one! xo

  48. lex says:

    Always a fan of seafood for its good content giving to the body, may be expensive but quality is always best than quantity. Bravo

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