“Match your own decadent dishes”
Taking over the Royal Room at Pan Pacific Hotel, Match Restaurant and Lounge is a late-night dining concept that serves modern American cuisine in a fun and lively environment. An opulent and sophisticated setting, Match exudes glamour with attitude. The restaurant is named as so to highlight the fact that everyone is different, with main courses that you can mix and match with sides of your choice. The ambience in Match is very industrial-chic, with fixtures of black grills and florescent lighting- a sure fire way to hype up the mood before any after dinner partying. Hori Smoku ($16). Sailor Jerry Rum, Orange Liquer, maraschino liquer, ginger beer, yuzu and Togarashi. Togarashi is a type of Japanese capsicum spice also known as ‘Shichimi’, which they splash on one side rather than rim the martini glass. I felt the flavours could have been a bit more expressive, rather than remaining a bit mild, but still a decent cocktail. Rowdy Roosevelt ($16). Hendricks Gin, Rose Water, Rose Syrup, Fresh Lemon & Lime Juice, Half & Half, Soda. I’m a huge fan of Hendricks, but this combination just didn’t work for me. Rather bland and dull, I don’t think half and half cream and gin blends well together. Combined with a tinge of lime, it was a bit like a diluted calpis. Lily Swizzle ($18). Milagro Bianco, Chambord, lime juice, Hellfire Habanero bitters. Now THIS drink had some kick, with its distinct Milagro Bianco tequila that hits you. The body is a mild tangy flavour but ends off with the complex spicy Habanero bitters. This drink had a lot more character compared to the last 2 cocktails. Soft Pretzel ($6). An interesting hung presentation served with savoury grain mustard sauce and cheddar beef fondue. A salty New York inspired appetizer that compliments the cheddar beef fondue. Definitely a fun bar snack to pair with your drinks, but slightly difficult to maneuver from its hook to your mouth. Crispy Skins ($8). A mixture of deep fried chicken, fish and pork skin dusted with paprika. A pretty ordinary snack but the skins got dull really fast, so do eat them immediately once they are served to savour the crispiness. For starters, we had Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef Carpaccio ($24). Thinly sliced raw wagyu that that has a fresh beefy taste, going well with the light vinaigrette dressing which doesn’t over-shadow the quality of beef. It looks exceptionally red because of the radish toppings.
Cocktail wise had a a couple of hit and misses, but the wine pairing is done expertly by their sommelier Claire- you can trust her recommendations according to your taste preference. Match is a great place for late night indulgence, be it for a joyous occasion or a romantic date (by shavette). Except for Tuesdays, Match’s dining menu runs late till midnight, while bar snacks can still be ordered till 3 am.
Expected Damage: $60-$100 per pax