It’s nice to see a new restaurant that does that serves up burgers as thats pretty much what’s been opening up lately.
Pacana serves up Pan Asian noodles and other grill items, located in Gants Hill. At the time of visiting it had only been open for less than a week. A spacious and modern setting with loads of setting for large groups.
Chicken Drumsticks – £5.50
The texture and flavours from the outer breading were good, however, my main issue is that the dish suffered from being either double cooked or cooked for too long, which made the chicken dry and a little too firm, it was not tender and juicy enough for my liking. As chicken wings go, these were, just okay 6/10
Fish Cakes – £6.50
Simple and balanced taste of delicate fish and spices. Good texture from the breading 7.5/10
Skin on Fries – I had to send these back as they were really bad. They either use the wrong potato or cooked with oil not hot enough as the chips were soggy and felt like they absorbed too much oil and had a very heavy oily taste to them. Something was off. 2/10
Lamb Chops – £8.90
These were really good, loads of flavour from the marinade and cooked to a close medium, with a little pink in the middle which made the lamb chops juicy and tender. As you can see from the photo, there’s no expected bone handle as they use back chops and not a lamb from a rack. However, one of the chops was not cooked right or was a bad piece as it was hard and chewy. 8/10
Yaki Udon with beef – £7.30
Out of the two noodle dishes, this was the best one, the thick udon noodles just tasted better and the yakisoba sauce went well with the beef and rest of the ingredients. 7.5/10
Chow Mein with chicken – £7.30
Slightly underwhelming, although the chicken was cooked well and tender, the dish was a little flat and lacked punch. I requested for some chili to be added but I didn’t taste any. 6/10
What I liked about all the food was it was all FRESH. The noodles were all cooked there and then and made to order. You could tell that all the ingredients were fresh and had a good taste.
Another thing, the portions are MASSIVE. I think even one order of noodles is enough for 2 people. I had enough to take away and re-cook at home, so if you go on a school night, that’s your lunch sorted for the next day.
There’s also an open kitchen with loads of cooks so you can see your noodles being made.
This place has only been open for a few days at the time of my visit, so there’s bound to be a few issues, which I am sure they will improve on.
The owners or management where on the floor clearly very hands on with service and staff. Speaking of which the service was good and the staff friendly as personable, with multiple service staff on hand to assist which was good.
The total amount was just under £40.
A welcomed different addition to the halal food scene. |