A taste of the Orient…
If you’re looking to set your taste buds alive with fine oriental cuisine then head no further than Pump Lane in Thame where, set back from the main High Street of the picturesque Market Town, you will find The Harvest Moon.
Almost a year after reopening under the new ownership of Jo (and her family team) and having undergone an extensive makeover inside the restaurant, The Harvest Moon (formally known as The Drunken Chef) can now comfortably seat 50 diners all eager to sample the fusion of oriental dishes on offer across the vast menu.
With such a diverse selection of mouth-watering dishes on offer, we opted to sample the ‘chefs special’ on recommendation from our very welcoming waitress and we were not disappointed with the food we received. First came a delicious array of traditional Imperial Hors D’oveures which included a combination of spring rolls, chicken satay, (very succulent and meaty) spare ribs, crispy seaweed and prawn toast artistically presented on a rustic wooden board decorated with crispy noodles and a carrot which was hand carved to represent a Chinese temple – it was a nice finishing touch! This was followed by a perfectly cooked scallop with rice noodles served in its shell with a flavoursome garlic sauce as well as dishes of sizzling satay king prawns, almond coated chicken, stir-fried salt & pepper squid and a mixed seafood zone. This was a particularly tasty and unique dish containing rice, squid and prawns served with lettuce leaves, which we used to wrap around the ‘seafood zone’. It tasted very fresh and healthy which is something we noticed about all the food we sampled, unlike other Chinese food we’ve eaten in the past, which often feels greasy and fatty. All this was washed down with a nice cold glass of Tsingtao Beer because as the saying goes, “you can’t understand the try culture of a country without first experiencing its food & drink!”
Another credit to The Harvest Moon is how well it caters for vegetarians, vegans and diners with allergies including common ailments such as nuts gluten and dairy intolerances to less common aversions to crustaceans, mustard and celery. They also offer a variety of lunchtime specials from as little as £6.80 for the ‘Express Lunch Menu’ which is perfect for those looking to grab a quick bite in their lunch hour. For those with a little more time on their hands but still on a budget The Harvest Moon provide the ‘3 Course Specials Set Lunch’ for £10.80, offering a vast selection of classic Chinese dishes. The evening A La Carte menu is a little pricier than your average Chinese but this is reflected in the quality of the food, which is first class, and the hospitality of the staff is efficient, accommodating and friendly which in my opinion is something money can’t buy. We had a thoroughly lovely experience in this intimate, classy local restaurant and would return in a heartbeat.