Pandan Leaf, Prestatyn

Pandan Leaf Restaurant, Prestatyn

I just wanted to add a brief post about an amazing restaurant I visited not long ago; because if you’re in the area, I highly recommend it!

A while ago I stayed with the family in Talacre, North Wales.  For a meal one evening, we headed into Prestatyn town centre – not far away – where I’d been advised of an excellent restaurant.

Although not too far away from home, we were twenty minutes away and didn’t have any idea on local places to eat.  Luckily, a colleague of mine lives local and was able to advise.

Pandan Leaf is on the high street in Prestatyn, and really easy to find.  Not least because it’s quite exotically – and beautifully – decorated.  They specialise in authentic Asian food, with a great variety to choose from.

On my visit, I shared the Malaysian banquet for two people.  Starters consisted of Penang pork rolls; vegetable spring rolls; Malaysian chicken satay and dry spare ribs.  There was plenty to eat, and it was delicious – including the best spring rolls I’ve ever had!

Large portions were also served up for the main courses.  There were three dishes: Malaysian Sambal chilli prawn; beef rendang and chicken curry – with fantastic coconut rice.  Beautiful dishes, I couldn’t pick a favourite – they were all superb.

With some decent drinks and really friendly, expert service, our family trip to Pandan Leaf was a total success.  Everyone in our party – including ages from seven to seventy – loved it.

A return trip is definitely on the cards.  Despite the distance, it’s something we’d all love to do.  If you’re ever in the area, don’t miss your chance to sample this wonderful food for yourself.

Pandan Leaf, 96 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9BE

01745 798042

The Pandan Leaf website is here.

The Facebook page is here.

Thanks Laura for the recommendation!

Food Quest: Quay Fine Dining

Quay Fine Dining, Connah’s Quay

A family gathering provided a recent opportunity for my second trip to Quay Fine Dining.  The restaurant is located at the top of Connah’s Quay near Morrison’s supermarket, on the site of what was once known as the Top Kwiks.

Also, incidentally, very near where a young Platinum Al (only aluminium in those days) spent some of his childhood years.

The casual bigot may be confused at the idea of “fine dining” in Connah’s Quay.  However I will proudly declare that this town deserves some respect, and indeed a quality restaurant.  The first thing that strikes the eager food lover when entering Quay Fine Dining is just how smart the interior is: up to date, modern, clean and luxurious.  It’s really quite spell binding.

The menu is largely Indian, with Thai and Greek options available also.  On this particular visit, I opted to stick to an Indian theme.  This began with the classic, if obvious, couple of popadoms (together with the usual chutney accompaniments).

Before taking this gastronomical journey any further, I should point out that Quay Fine Dining is not a licensed restaurant.  But you can take along your own booze (which the staff will very kindly keep cool for you if desired).  This means that the night out can work out reasonably cheaply, but you must plan this well!  More on this later…

For our starters, Mrs Platinum Al chose chicken chaat puri, which was “lovely”.  I tried some and can confirm that is was very good indeed!  My own choice was chicken pakora, not something I have had very often.  I made a good choice, it was excellent.

There was quite a wait between courses, unfortunately.  As we were the only group in there at the time, I’m not sure why this was.  This also meant that I ran out of drink before my main course arrived.  Yes, I had somewhat underestimated the amount of booze required; though regardless the time between courses was a bit much.

Eventually the main courses arrived, and Mrs Platinum Al was very happy with her choice of chicken tikka shahi.  This is one of my favourite Indian dishes, though I had picked something different.

My choice was chicken shashlik, a dish I have enjoyed elsewhere in the past, but not ordered for a very long time.  I just felt that this would be a good choice.  I wasn’t disappointed.  It’s an impressive meal, brought sizzling to the table.  The side salad/garnish was a bit limp and superfluous, but the dish was very tasty and highly recommended.  My only mistake was ordering keema rice to go with the meal, there was plenty enough to eat without it (the dish is also served with a very nice curry sauce).

In conclusion, Quay Fine Dining not only offered a wide variety on the menu, it was also able to deliver a superb standard of food.  Plan your drink right and you’ll be rewarded with a very fine dining experience indeed.

Food Quest Test

  • Food: a massive choice, and from experience – great quality food without being over faced.
  • Drink: not licensed, so take your own.  No problems if you plan ahead.
  • Service: slow between courses, but the staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly.
  • Environment: visually impressive, modern and – dare I say it – extremely elegant.  Classy.
  • Cost: regardless of whether you save a few quid with the drink situation, the meals are very good value.

Quay Fine Dining, Ffordd Llanarth, Deeside Shopping Centre, Connah’s Quay CH5 4UP

01244 836565

The Quay Fine Dining website is here.