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Have you eaten at Hokkien Chan?
Hokkien Chan EC2
Back in the dark days of the early-'90s, the restaurant at this address - Sri Siam City - blew a breath of fresh air into a dull local dining scene. It offered quality Thai cuisine at good-value prices, and in a handy location too. Ultimately, it formed part of a successful group, Oriental Restaurants.
In recent times, however, standards at Oriental Restaurants - whose other Square Mile locations include Imperial City and Pacific Oriental - had drifted, and, earlier this year, it was gobbled up by Orchid Group. At the same time, Orchid - which is backed by US venture capital - acquired the lacklustre Jim Thompson outfits and the undistinguished Yellow River Cafés.
Orchid has quickly set about re-launching the entire Oriental portfolio. Sri Siam City is first to 'benefit'. It now has a new name, new (not especially inspired) contemporary décor and a new menu style. The chef from the old régime remains, but the menu is now characterised as 'Pan Asian'.
A sample meal, reflecting the somewhat miscellaneous style of the cuisine, was: Japanese Sushi, Thai soup and Mongolian lamb, finishing up with a chocolate tart with ice cream (from the French bit of Asia, presumably). For nearly £50 (including crackers, rice, a glass of wine and a coffee) you might think that sounds like a bit of a muddle, and - though the individual dishes were good enough - that's rather how it tasted.
The original Sri Siam concept - of doing one cuisine well, and at reasonable prices - was really not such a bad one. Let's hope that, for future re-launches, the Orchid Group bears in mind that to be all things to all men is a rare knack. And not one it's yet shown that it has mastered.
85 London Wall, London, EC2M 7AD
lunch noon - 3 pm, dinner 5.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm