So, what do we need to know about Pacific?
This is the latest restaurant residency to take over the space at 10 Heddon Street. In the kitchen is Aussie chef Shaun Presland, who's a pretty big deal down under, but has now moved to London to open up shop here. He's in this space till the end of February while he searches for a permanent site.
Where is it?
On Heddon Street, just off Regent Street.
So where's a good place to meet for drinks first?
There's always the bar here with a short but interesting cocktail list. We were here at lunch so cocktails weren't on our agenda but we're intrigued by the sound of the coffee-infused Pina Colada (£12). There are only a few seats up at the counter though, so if you need more room then head opposite to Kwant where ex-American Bar barman Erik Lorincz is apparently creating quite the scene.
What kind of food is it?
They bill it as "Japanese food with an informal, warm Australian twist." And this is the real deal if you love sushi. Shaun spent seven years in Japan learning his trade. The menu's split into small plates, sashimi, mains and pudding and there's a specials board to which focused mainly on nigiri when we were in.
Here's what we had:
Room for dessert?
There are just two options - a short selection of gelato, including white miso or the fondant. We went for the latter (£10) to share
What about the wine list?
The list is Australian focused with 15 whites and 15 reds showcasing what's interesting in Aussie winemaking right now. It's pretty punchy with a few bottles in the £30s before springing upwards. Or you could opt for sake instead - they serve four from Kozaemon and there's also a beer from Coalition Brewery specially created to work well with Japanese food.
If you love great sushi, then you should make a beeline for Pacific. Shaun Presland's menu had loads of things we'd want to try on a return visit - the cheeseburger gyoza and Bondi rolls to name just two. This is just the ticket for a post-Christmas meal that's packed with flavour more than calories.
Hot Dinners dined as guests of Pacific. Prices correct at time of publication.
More about Pacific at 10 Heddon Street
Where is it? 10 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BX
How to book: Book online here.
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