Chinese and East Asian
The two restaurants are light and spacious, so you don't feel closed in by your fellow diners. The neutral walls, wooden floors, crisp white tableware and unobtrusive music make for a tranquil dining area, which belies the popularity of the venue, especially at weekends.
We ventured downstairs to try the Chinese menu; an extensive selection with plenty of choice whether your preference is for meat, poultry, fish or vegetable-based creations. Szechuan dishes are a speciality, and like the seafood - albone, monkfish, sea bass, prawns, scallops and lobster - they are imaginatively cooked.
The great thing about Chinese food is that it actively encourages you to mix and match your chosen fayre with your dining companions. We plumped for an assortment of starters to share: hot and sour soup, classic crispy aromatic duck with spring onion, cucumber and pancakes (the duck, incidentally, was tender, moist and full of flavour), and a Pacific mixed combination platter consisting of spring rolls, seaweed, prawn toast, spare ribs and chicken. It was all delivered to our table looking fantastic, and once sampled was declared an array of fresh, clean tastes; our tastes buds were set tingling in anticipation of the main course.
Onto the mains, and the charming and knowledgeable staff were happy to help us navigate our way through the extensive array of food and wine on offer. The mains menu also contains a varied selection of chef specialities, plus you can create your own dish by choosing from a number of ingredients and sauces. We opted for stir-fried king prawns with Chinese green vegetables - simple yet wonderfully tasty, proving you needn't over-complicate a dish if your chef is an expert. We also chose shredded beef fillet with sweet chilli sauce - again, a wonderful combination of colours, textures and flavours. Both dishes were served with boiled or fried rice in individual bamboo containers.
The impressive wine list is one of the most extensive in the area, with a huge choice to suit every palate and budget. Our chosen chardonnay was light and fruity - an ideal accompaniment to our elected dishes.
If you are looking to sample authentically-cooked oriental food then Pacific is the place to go. With Chinese and Thai on offer, you have the perfect excuse to come back again and again. Unbeatable.