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Pan Asia Oriental Restaurant

Pan Asia Oriental Restaurant
45-47 Faulkener Street
M1 4EE
Tel: 0161 236 6868
Fax: 0161 237 9257

A pre-Christmas shopping expedition to Manchester and another chance to sample the Oriental delights of Chinatown. This time, after some consideration, I decided that we would try a restaurant we had not been to before. This was a tough decision because I love Pacific (Thailand) but the food may have been just a bit too spicy for my 9 year old daughter.

I therefore decided that we would try Pan-Asia, which offered an attractive sounding Oriental buffet, with the emphasis on Oriental rather than specifically Chinese, Thai or Malaysian.

We descended downstairs towards a spectacular glass mounted waterfall, (or a very leaky roof!), and through glass doors into a modern and spacious basement restaurant. Décor is modern and miminalist, with an open aspect kitchen and large bar.

The tables are small and neatly laid out café style in rows, mainly for two persons, but there are some lager tables for four or more diners. I think they can also push them together for larger parties. They have Pan Asia customised place mats, chopsticks and an upright drinks menu, featuring some rather glamourous fruit cocktails. Adding to the modern designer décor they also have wall mounted TV screens which were all showing Fashion TV.

A sumptious buffet was laid out towards the rear of the restaurant, consisting of a range of starters, main courses and desserts. The buffet was an extravaganza of oriental food and comparable in magnitude to that offered at Pacific. However the contents are quite varied being oriental rather than specifically, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, or whatever.

Starters included soup, two type of sushi roll with dips, prawn crackers, crispy duck with pancakes, cucumber, spring onions and hoisin sauce, ribs, prawn toas, chicken satay kebabs, seaweed, salt and pepper spare ribs, dumplings, tempura and possibly some others that I can’t recal!

Main courses included sweet and sour chicken, stir fried mixed vegetables, spicy szhecuan chicken, beef with green pepper and blackbean sauce. This was served with a special fried rice containing prawns, egg, pork and spring onion. There was also noodles.

The desserts table was set next to a refrigerator containing a choice of exotic flavoured ice creams such as coconut, peach and so on. There was also gateaux and fresh fruit.

I have to admit to sampling pretty much the whole menu and that apart from feeling extremely full, I was very impressed by the qulity presented in such a diverse banquet.

Overall I would recommend this and know I will return time and time again. In fact I did within a couple of weeks, when I took Sandro along for a lunchtime meeting. I don’t think he believed what an excellent meal it was when I told him at first, but he was converted.

Highly recommended.



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Pan Asia

Total Score: 72%
Quality: Good
Service: Good
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Above Average
Value: Good


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