267 Chapel St
Prahran Vic 3181
Today we had the first Nuffnang blogger meet-up for 2011, lunch at Pan Asian organised by Vanessa. Pan Asian is the newer sister to Robert and Li's other restaurant(s), Chilli Padi, and is situated on the 'trendy' side of Chapel street near Commercial road. Even though we were there for lunch, I think it has a rather nightclubby vibe, with its funky decor, open kitchen, dark wood panels and Asian lantern decorations. My favourite element of the decor was the mural you see above. How awesome is it? It spans a whole wall of the restaurant, and with the Indian, Japanese, Chinese and South East Asian imagery, reflects Pan Asian's, well, pan-Asian culinary influences!
Lunch was a leisurely affair, with a series of tasty bites stretched out over the afternoon. As a person who grew up in the post-Wall St, post-nouvelle cuisine nineties, I've always been a bit skeptical about fusion cooking, but I really enjoyed the different flavours and tastes that Li created. Let's have a look...
|Tomato gazpacho with lentil dahl|
|Peking duck in fried mantou buns|
|Cauliflower samosas with pea purée|
|Tandoori chicken pizza|
|Deconstructed spring roll|
|Fish and chips with chilli mayonnaise, sansho pepper and nanami togarashi|
(And yes, I know there was quite a bit of fried food, and I know I told y'all I'm eating healthy now, but in my defence I didn't finish everything on my plate, I've been going to the gym, and who are you anyway, my dietician???)
And speaking of which... for dessert we had incredibly decadent caramel brownies from the Bees Knees Brownie Company. (Although looking at their website, I think these might be the dulce de leche brownies).
|Bees Knees caramel brownies|
I only had a tiny tiny piece - it was densely chocolatey, quite sweet from the caramel, but not tooth-achingly so. Now I really wanna try making David Lebovitz' dulce de leche brownie recipe, but I don't know if it would be sensible for me to have a whole tray to myself!
And now, some people photos!
I totally love Violet's hair, and am in awe of how healthy it is.
I had a total der-brain moment taking this picture though - after I took it, I zoomed in on the curls and said to Sandra: "Wow, Violet's hair is so nice, look at the healthy ends!... Oh wait... we could just look across the table and see it in real life". Hehe, d'oh!
Big thank-you to Robert and Li from Pan Asian for hosting lunch for us, and to Vanessa for organising the afternoon! It was lovely to catch up with everyone, and great to see some new faces too. If you guys blog the lunch, let me know and I can link to you! All the best for 2011!!
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Sarah and Sandra attended the lunch as guests of Pan Asian, with thanks to Vanessa from Nuffnang for the invitation.