London is one of the best cities in the world for shopping, entertainment, and food. It’s got something for everyone as long as you know where to go and what you’re after. Since I started working in London, I haven’t had as much time as I anticipated to explore London. I’ve been going into the city on weekends to spend some more time exploring together with my other half and so far we’ve had some great adventures together. The most recent one being a trip to the department store Harrods.
Harrods, the world’s most famous department store, is a great one stop shop for some great high end shopping and eating. I have been to Harrods before, but not spend any significant amount of time in it. At this visit, we spent some time having a look around and I have to say that although we got a bit lost in what is a bit of a labyrinth of a department store, it’s a beautiful building and an absolutely spotless place. We eventually made our way to the food court in which you can find some amazing food to take away, from artisan sandwiches and delicate cupcakes. In the food court we also found the restaurant Pan Chai which were our destination for a late lunch on a Sunday afternoon.
The Pan Chai restaurant is right within the food court in Harrods so it doesn’t have private seating as you sit by the ‘food bar’, which also means that the noise volume can be quite high if the food court is busy. I didn’t mind this much as you still feel as though you are having a quite a high end dining experience. Pan Chai is a Pan-Asian that combines Asian cuisine with the top class Harrods style service. I opted to start with a glass of champagne and my other half went for a Singah beer and then we had some edamame to start with. I’m used to having mine cold but these came warm which I really enjoyed. We also ordered a variety of dishes from the extensive menu, both maki and from the grill: avocado maki, squid tempura, wagu beef bulgogi, and wagu beef maki.
We decided to have the food arrive as and when it was ready to give us an opportunity to try one thing at a time. Everything we got was absolutely perfectly presented, ideal for Instagram (I’m a shameless #instafoodie). The quid tempura was unexpectedly spicy but absolutely exquisite. My partner had the majority of the wagu beef bulgogi and thought it was delicious although slightly overwhelming as the sauce was so flavoursome. I had more of the avocado and the wagu beef maki rolls and the massive pile of extra ginger, and I could have sat there for another couple of hours to have more – it was easily the best quality maki I’ve ever had.
After we finished what can only be described as a superb lunch at Pan Chai at Harrods, we stayed in the food hall and got a piece of chocolate cake to go (although we were too full to eat it straight away). I love how Harrods is a place where you can get everything you need in one place, especially when that place is so beautiful. When you’re next in London and close to Harrods, even if you’re not stopping by to shop, I definitely recommend giving Pan Chai a go. Their prices range from £10.80 for a 6 piece roll, to mains from the grill from £22.95.