Straits Kitchen at Pan Pacific London

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SquareMeal Review of Straits Kitchen at Pan Pacific London

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A stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station, Straits Kitchen is a high-end Singaporean concept, the flagship restaurant of Pan Pacific London.

Found on the hotel's first floor and accessed via a curved wooden staircase, Straits Kitchen’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the bustling City below, but the atmosphere inside is positively serene, where soft, attractive lighting is coupled with a soundtrack of lyric-free spa music.

The safe, minimalist decor means you never quite shake the feeling you are dining in a hotel, but the menu is rich enough in both colour and flavour to make up for any lack of atmosphere. Straits Kitchen opens from breakfast, but we visited at dinner, choosing to dine from the set ‘Discovery’ menu (a la carte also available).

We were impressed by the steady stream of well-executed dishes and particularly enjoyed that Straits Kitchen is not afraid to serve messy food: pork ribs were sweet and sticky, with the meat practically melting on the tongue, while chicken satay skewers were served alongside peanut sauce and fluffy rice that was pressed together into miniature cubes.

The best thing we ate was the Lobster Nonya Laksa: a steaming bowl of pure comfort which combined thick vermicelli rice with sweet coconut gravy and tofu chunks that absorbed the chilli spices peppered throughout. Lobster tongs were also provided to help prize the flesh from its shell - a fun, if somewhat laborious, task.

Puddings are given mysterious one word titles (‘Chocolate’, ‘Coconut’), but we were taken by ‘Apple’, presented at the table as the kind of shiny fruit you see used as a prop on television sets, but revealing itself to be a pudding of caramel soaked sponge and refreshing apple compote. You can find a similar version at other City favourite Coq d’Argent, but here hunks of cinnamon crumble add a welcome crunchy texture.

High-end restaurants where you can splash the cash are hardly a novelty in this neighbourhood, but Straits Kitchen sets itself apart with its wide-ranging, adventurous menu and warm staff - everyone we encountered, from the doorman to the hostess to our waitress, was a delight.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Singaporean
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Romantic, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Proudly presenting a menu of melting-pot favourites, Straits Kitchen celebrates the very best of Singapore’s far-flung flavours, giving classic Singaporean dishes a contemporary twist, in a menu devised to stay true to traditional recipes while simultaneously being staunchly environmentally conscious.

This New Year, Straits Kitchen is hosting a special New Year's Eve 2024 bash, where guests can relax in the luxurious surrounds of the restaurant and enjoy a sophisticated Singaporean set menu, alongside Champagne, canapes. Later, guests can head over to the nearby Orchid Lounge where DJs will spin party tunes into the early hours.

The eclectic dishes of this island city-state have been introduced over the years via the Straits of Malacca – hence the restaurant’s name. Via this route traders and neighbours have brought global flavours into the country, resulting in a run of incredibly impactful national dishes. Rather than importing produce, the duo has worked to source purely Asian ingredients that have been grown or made in the UK to minimise the restaurant’s carbon footprint.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s light-filled dining room features floor to ceiling windows and a pared-back modern look with a neutral colour palette and feature lighting.

Signature dishes in the evening include wok fried chilli crab with fried mantou and fresh mud crabs; a teapot double boiled soup with galangal, red dates, wolfberries and chicken; and a butter aged Buccleuch 16oz sirloin served with roasted black garlic, Himalayan salted chips, lemongrass and curry leaves.

The accompanying 500-strong wine list has been designed to complement the flavour profiles on the food menu, and has been carefully devised by head sommelier Francois Bertrand.

At breakfast there’s pork banh mi with pickled vegetables; a chilli crab omelette; coddled eggs and chicken pho. Elsewhere on the menu classics like eggs Benedict feature.

With celebrations and gatherings in mind, the restaurant also has two private dining spaces which can accommodation up to nine and twelve people each.


FAQs

Are there private dining rooms at Straits Kitchen at Pan Pacific London?

Yes, there are two private dining spaces which can accommodate up to nine and twelve people each.

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Who is the head chef at Straits Kitchen at Pan Pacific London?

Heading up the team at Straits Kitchen are Singaporean group executive chef, Tony Khoo, Pan Pacific London executive chef, Fabrice Lanson and Straits Kitchen head chef, Soon Wong.

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Can you book Straits Kitchen at Pan Pacific London?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Location

Pan Pacific Hotel, 80 Houndsditch, Liverpool Street, London, EC3A 7AB

020 7118 6888 020 7118 6888

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 06:30-10:30
Tue 06:30-10:30
Wed 06:30-10:30
Thu 06:30-10:30
Fri 06:30-10:30
Sat 06:30-10:30
Sun 07:00-11:00
Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 13:00-15:30
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat 17:00-22:00
Sun 17:30-21:30

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5 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

Gloria Y

29 July 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 3
Atmosphere 3
Value 3

Anonymous

31 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3
Atmosphere 3
Value 2.5

Rice and noodles were good. Desserts were excellent.

Service could be improved. It was a very quiet Monday evening.

Anonymous

28 September 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Nice breakfast

Breakfast - a good selection of fruits, pasteries, cold meats and cheese. Hot food including Asian dishes can be ordered separately.

Decor and surrounding is peaceful, new and comfortable. 

Service can be improved, can be quite slow.

paul S

09 June 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Food was great and service was fabulous.

Anonymous

03 April 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 2
Service 1.5
Atmosphere 2
Value 2
Disappointing

We went on a weekday for an early business lunch, although the restaurant was empty with  only one other table occupied, the service was very slow, staff didn't know the dishes on the menu, therefore some dishes were unsuitable for our dietary needs. Food quality was hit and miss. The mango dessert was delicious! We made a complaint and we received a discount. The staff were apologetic and friendly. It was a pity as the space is new, airy and comfortable, and the location is great in the middle of the City. We would like to try another time to see if this bad experience was just one off. 

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