Pan Asian Restaurant
267 Chapel St,
03 9533 7022
Having recently missed out on both the nuffnang blogger meet up and the duck fest, I was in quite a state of dismay. Luckily though, I had $40 worth of vouchers presented to me by Crowdmass. The only condition was that it had to be redeemed during lunch time. So on a warm Saturday afternoon I dragged mum (*ahem drove*) across Melbourne to the heart of Prahran – Chapel St.
Being sister to the broadly-Asian-influenced Chilli Padi, this place also offers a “pan-Asian” experience reflected both in the food and the décor – dark wood panels, splashes of Asian lanterns, and a contemporary Asian mural spanning South East Asian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian cuisines.
Sliced yellow fin tuna salad with Japanese mustard seed dressing – tender fresh tuna slices laid on a bed of crisp greens tossed with a sweet, sour and earthy sauce. Bites of edamame and wasabi peas provided a bit of crunch.
Seafood Jungle curry with vegies served with rice – a petite portion of green Thai curry composed of juicy prawns, soft bites of fish and crunchy string beans. It was noticeably mild on the spice heat, but had loads of fragrant aromas from the lemon grass and coconut to compensate.
Tempura Catfish fillets glazed with chilli mayo and chips – Actually if you weren’t expecting the light translucent batter of ‘tempura’ per-se, one would actually be quite pleased with the succulent fillets of lightly battered fish. A mild sweet chilli mayo gave a little twist of Japanese. Personally I would have preferred if they labelled this dish along the lines of fish-and-chips – less confusing, though probably not as ‘appetising’ to read on the menu.
See, look how lusious that looks!
Coffee & brownie – I don’t mean to finish on a negative note, but I really must warn all diners that the coffee is a dilute-watery nightmare, and damn the dry crumbly brownies were no match for my own version *ahem*.
Rating: Yummy. Come with an open palate for a stylish, pleasant fusion of Asian flavours. Caution: don’t come here expecting strict authenticity =P. I must say though, the dinner menu is far more extensive and would probably be a better representation of the overall cuisine at Pan-Asian – will have to be another visit.
[Meal courtesy of Crowdmass]