The Pacific, Drayton, Portsmouth | Restaurant review

The Pacific, Havant Road, Drayton.
The Pacific, Havant Road, Drayton.

Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking as the prospect of a vacation abroad seems increasingly unlikely.

Either way, your Dish Detective decides to use their taste buds to be transported to Thailand on such a pleasant night.

In truth, the real destination is less exotic as their latest adventure takes them to Drayton, Portsmouth – although in the recently opened restaurant The Pacific in Havant Road the alluring scent of spices lingers in the air.

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The Pacific, at Havant Road, Drayton

Furnished with sleek wooden floors, minimal low lighting, and vibrant flower arrangements – not to mention a tropical fish tank – this is truly a charming place.

Your Dish Detective and his companion are greeted by friendly staff and directed to a quiet table in one of the corners of the room.

Sadly, tonight we’re not invited to the table below which, from a distance, looks like 1970s conversation pits – perfect for large groups.

Before going through the menu, we want to try a cocktail, because the specialties of the Pacific are after all Thai food, sushi and cocktails. I go for a blushing lotus (£ 6.95), which seems like a twist on a classic. French martini and is composed of raspberry vodka, raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice.

It’s delicious, as expected, but can prove to be deadly as alcohol is difficult to detect among the sweet flavors.

My companion orders a Thai gin and tonic (£ 7.95) made with gin infused with kaffir lime leaves, honey, lemon and tonic water – which he says is refreshing.

There’s plenty to choose from – both for meat eaters and vegetarians – with a range of authentic curries, noodle dishes, soups and rice, and a choice of chicken, pork, beef, duck and fruit. sea.

As a longtime fan of Massaman curry, I order the plant-based version of it (£ 9.50).

It’s deliciously creamy and topped with lots of peanuts. The vegetables, including the potatoes, are cooked to perfection and not overcooked as it can sometimes be.

Across the table, my friend is served a Chicken Red Curry (£ 9.75). He praises the sauce – making sure there’s none left at the end.

In order not to over-order, as it’s easy to do, we share a jasmine rice (£ 3).

It’s a lot between us and acts as the perfect carby addition to our curries, absorbing sauces.

Next to it – although it’s listed as a starter – we also have the tofu satay (£ 5.95).

This comes in the form of four skewers of crispy fried tofu in a red curry marinade, served with a peanut sauce.

The tofu is delicious and crisp, without being greasy, and also comes with vegetables on the skewer – adding a sweetness.

Other equally enticing entrees are the vegetable spring rolls (£ 5.50) and som tum (£ 6.50).

Maybe the only downside to the food is that it’s so delicious that we don’t leave any room for dessert.

Although we had a few more drinks, as the Pacific’s liquid menu is too good to ignore – a special mention for the range of gins available.

There is no denying that our curries are the real highlight of the evening and will keep us coming back for more in the future.

And with a trip to Thailand definitely out of the question for the foreseeable future, The Pacific at Drayton could be an alternative for now.

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