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Pacific Oriental closed on 02/15

Notable as one of the City’s biggest and most grandiose banking hall conversions, Pacific Oriental is arranged on two levels with a discreet mezzanine and a semi-formal downstairs dining area. The versatile brasserie menu covers a lot of air miles, taking in salmon and prawn panko with katsu dressing, wok-fried frog’s legs with chilli and French beans, sashimi platters, Thai green curries, Mongolian lamb with caramelised onion and pan-fried red mullet with crispy squid fritters and wasabi purée. The odd report of long waits or brusque service is the exception rather than the rule, but you can always opt for the rather more intimate comforts of the adjoining bar, which is famed for its intriguing cocktail list – an eclectic choice covering everything from Japanese bellinis to Gibsons and sidecars. There are some fine French wines and impressive sakés, too.

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Pacific Oriental

52 Threadneedle Street ,London EC2R 8AY

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Great food and wine

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Jan 2014

On first looks the décor of Pacific Oriental is impressive. It's large, spacious and has an authentic feel to it. The tables are spaced out so you don't feel cramped in the slightest. On second look there are some parts to the restaurant that need work, such as peeling paint but this was only minor. Service was a problem for us, as the waitress we had seemed to be quite stressed and was quite short with us. We informed her that we needed to be back for another meeting so it would be great if we could...

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Siobhan W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Very Disappointing

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Aug 2013

The cocktails are great and the menu looks tempting but don't be sucked in… …the service and the food are dreadful! To be fair our starters including duck gyoza and soft shell crab were passable (though there was no mango in the prawn and green mango spring rolls), the service however was surly from the start and only got worse. We waited forever for our mains (despite the restaurant being empty) and when they finally arrived they all looked & tasted as though they had been waiting on the pass for...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 1

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52 Threadneedle Street ,London EC2R 8AY

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Jan 2013

Shocking experience, will never be back. In the second week of December 2012, my husband and I and two friends arrived at the restaurant at about 18:15. We were shown upstairs to our table and were advised that there was a large party (12 or so diners) who were there for a Christmas do, and if we wanted to avoid a delay we should order before them. We appreciated the advice and quickly ordered our starters and mains together, before the party did. We enjoyed our starters of crispy aromatic duck....

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Nov 2012

I went to Pacific Oriental for my sister's birthday on 13th November 2012. We were sat in the private area, which at first seemed nice and private but during the night we all felt forgotten about. The only way to get someones attention was to open the curtain that they closed continually throughout the night. It was like they had forgotten we were sat there…each time they came they closed the curtain and whenever we wanted drinks etc we had to open it. We were a party of 8- the restaurant was...

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Charlene M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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by   (4)

Sep 2012

I went with a friend on a Thursday evening. The place was a bit noisy (it is obviously popular for its drinks), but the restaurant part was fairly quiet when we arrived and was nicely decorated. We were greatly impressed by our cocktails: my Sake Raspberry was simply divine, not overly sweet, and with a subtle kick to it. The food, however, was a bit of a different matter. The menu, for a start, is not extensive. Our starter (duck & tamarind gyozas) was disappointing: the filling was tasty, but...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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by   gold reviewer (41)

Dec 2011

Unfortunately I have nothing good to report – the service was appalling and the food was average. After reviewing the bill and working out that before we had even ordered our food we had accrued £30 worth of water, prawn crackers (that we had not asked for) and service charge! We sat down at 12.30 – our starters came over a period of 45 minutes and then had to wait a further 45 minutes for the main course and did not leave the restaurant until gone 3pm! Coffee and tea was offered complimentary...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 3

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by   platinum reviewer (90)

Jul 2010

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Having been here a couple of times before, my third visit definitely wasnt as great as the previous two visits. The restaurant itself is absolutely huge and god only knows what it gets like when it becomes full. I always eat on the ground floor where food is pan-asian and pretty decent. Everything from Nasi Goreng to Thai Green Curry, it tends to cover all bases for those who want a decent asian/oriental meal. The prices are a little unecessarily high, buts that the city for you, isnt it? Packed...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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by   bronze reviewer (5)

Mar 2010

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The food at PO is always of a high standard, and the whole ‘fusion’ approach doesn't spoil the fact that what's served is good quality food with strong hints of the Orient. The platters for sharing are a great way to kick off a lunch, and if you haven't tried them before, check out the teas! when the bar downstairs is busy, a real buzz is generated, and the venue lifts a couple of extra notches.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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by   (1)

Jan 2010

Took a friend there today at his suggestion. Not my first visit, though could easily be my last. Starters (sashimi / sushi / dumplings) were very good, though a bit of a wait. My friend's main course was fine, but mine was more or less inedible. Basically consisted of tough raw beef floating around in a (very!) sugary liquid with a poached egg and some almost-cooked udon noodles. Before I could eat the beef, I had to call for a plate and a sharp knife – but (in retrospect) I wish I hadn't, because...

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Ian F.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 3

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by   gold reviewer (31)

Oct 2009

What a shame, its such an impressive and glorious setting, I absolutely loved the room but to then ruin it with overpriced cocktails (£15!!!), dreadful main courses and a huge screen showing SKY News seems bizarre. The starters were good but the main courses just had an odd mixture of flavours. The wait staff were lovely, knowledgable and efficient. Sort out the food and get rid of the TV screen and this will be a London WOW factor restaurant!

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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