Harrods is having a revamp. But what better way is there to welcome springtime’s warmer climes and brighter skies, than with two new additions to the Food Halls at the world’s most famous department store? By April, Eddie Lim – owner of Mango Tree in Belgravia and the Malaysian Awana, Chelsea – will be helping both the South-east Asian Pan Chai and Thai Mango Tree settle in among the other revered restaurants that make up the famous Halls.
So, what to expect in Pan Chai? Well, anything from sushi, sashimi and seaweed salads containing collagen, peanut and miso. But if that doesn’t float your boat, the South-east Asian affair also delivers glazed wagyu beef, soft shell crabs and sushi rolls (which include tobiko, cucumber, salmon and spring onions). Diners can expect to eat from bar stools which encircle a leather and marble bar which wraps around an open kitchen. After all, watching sushi come together is fun, isn’t it?
Over at the Mango Tree hub, things will run similarly to the way its ten-year old sister Belgravia operation does. So that’s a menu filled with delights like Thai papaya salad, roast duck with tamarind sauce and a whole host of exotic dishes with authentic spice-filled flavours. Stoneforce, the interiors specialists who have designed Pan Chai, have also worked their magic here, leaving the restaurant with an elegant Far East-themed look.
All in all, it’s rather an exciting prospect. Unsurprisingly, Eddie Lim agrees. “It’s always exciting to open a new restaurant,” he says, “but it is a privilege to have both Pan Chai and Mango Tree in Harrods, one of the world’s most iconic stores. We’re really looking forward to welcoming customers to all that Southeast Asia has to offer and providing them with quality cuisine.”
“We are always seeking to exceed our shoppers’ expectations with an array of gourmet dining experiences and are sure they’ll be thrilled with these latest additions,” says Paul Goodale, Director of Restaurants at Harrods.
I bet they will.