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P. F. Chang’s – Asian Cuisine with a Festive Twist this Christmas

December 18, 2018

P.F Chang’s Asian Table is located on Great Newport Street in London (10 minutes away from St Pancras) and offers a delicious range of Pan-Asian cuisine.  Ahead of our visit, a quick Instagram stalk made us immediately excited!  Who wouldn’t want to try a melting chocolate snowman?!

We were greeted straight away and invited to choose an available table.  The décor at P. F Changs was modern with a beautiful feature wall that matched the front cover of the drinks menu…  We decided to start with a few cocktails which were strong, but refreshing and there was a good selection including a range of mocktails.  I went for the caipirinha.  The restaurant was busy, but the staff still managed to be both friendly and attentive.

To start, we decided on the Crispy Asian Crab Cakes with Nuoc Cham and the Shrimp and Lobster Cocktail.  The presentation was beautiful and they were very generous with the lobster!  I could really taste the coriander and lime flavours coming through with the fresh white crab meat in the crab cakes and the panko was crispy, and plentiful, but so delicious we finished them.

For our mains we HAD to have the lemongrass coconut and chilli mussels and they were incredible!  The broth was full of flavour and perfect for soaking up with the bread.  On the side we enjoyed the Wasabi Mash and Korean Street Corn which was rich and cheesy, topped with melted mozzarella and cheddar.

We also ordered the Thai curry noodle stew with monkfish.  I cannot recommend this enough!  The monkfish was satisfyingly meaty and the Thai curry sauce was fragrant and delicious –  full of bamboo shoots, red onion, sweet potato and rice noodles.

There was enough food for four, but we almost finished the whole lot due to it being so delicious and flavoursome.  We were also recommended a bottle of Prosecco to go with our mains which was happily received!

Next, on to the super Christmassy dessert!  P. F. Changs have come up with a brilliantly themed pud in the form of an igloo on a plate along with a white chocolate snowman.  It was a bit sad watching him melt but I soon got over that when I saw what was inside!  Once the snowman had melted (with a little help from some warm caramel), a variety of yummy ingredients were revealed including popping candy, cocoa nibs, ice cream, chocolate soil, meringue and hazelnuts.  A lot of my favourites hidden in a white chocolate, Christmassy shell.

The igloo also hid a surprise inside.  The outer shell was made from mousse and the inside was shortbread biscuit at the bottom topped with red current jelly and green pistachio sponge.  It was unlike anything I had ever tried and the flavours worked beautifully together.

It’s only been a week and already I’m craving the fragrant taste of lemongrass from the mussels’ broth and the Thai curry stew, so it is safe to say I will be returning and highly recommend P.F Chang’s for Asian cuisine with a wonderfully festive twist.

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Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Jessica Chapman

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