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Hakkasan Group’s wine lists share the same innovative overall structure, with wines separated by quirky categories, like ‘new classics: genius without a château’, or ‘blends: the art of the winemaker’. All have a superlative range of wines, with a heartening willingness to go off the beaten track, as well as reassure diners with a strong selection of Burgundy. An object lesson in professionalism and imagination.
Tucked away down a rather insalubrious looking alleyway off Oxford Street lies perhaps one of the best hidden gems in London, although its reputation and Michelin star have meant that Hakkasan is now widely recognised as one of the finest Asian eateries the capital has to offer. Anyone who has tried to gain entry will know that booking is essential if you wish to pass into this subterranean world where you can indulge in one of the most memorable oriental experiences available...
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Hakkasan is the long-serving establishment that did the slick-lined, low-lit, subterranean celebrity haunt thing before most others. Since 2001 it has served as a dining vestibule for evenings often ending in whichever night-life hotspot is currently the most impenetrable, unless you have a surname of Geldof, a first name of Tarquin, or are friends with Prince Harry. It certainly lends itself to this clientèle The interiors are dimly lit enough for wisp thin socialites of the evening crowd to avoid interacting with the food without attracting too much attention to the fact. There’s a lot of black leather, dark wood...
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Last Thursday I went for lunch at Hakkasan Hanway Place with the lovely Mina and Alix. We haven't caught up properly for ages so it was a great chance to try some delicious Dim Sum and have a good ole natter. I've never been to Hakkasan, however I paid a visit to sister restaurant Sake no Hana last year for their Sake class, so I knew it would be pretty good. After settling down and sipping on some green tea, we started with the Crispy Duck Salad and Salt and Pepper Squid. The crispy duck salad was eaten so quickly I didn't get a photo, it was delicious. The duck was perfect and the salad had so much flavour...
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Gawd, I wish all the meat I cook, all the fish I cook not to mention veges, had these sorts of textures and taste profiles. What do I need to do? Apply some sort of quantum wizardry because that's what they've learnt to do at Hakkasan. Mere mortals like myself will continue to toil away in the hopes of one day getting something even minutely similar in flavour and texture in our own cooking. In the meantime, we leave it to the masters.I could easily stay all night in a restaurant like this but on this occasion we're limited to a two hour dining slot. Despite this, I really love dining out in London, there's...
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It happened. I have eaten the best meal of my life so far. Having developed some rather discerning tastes, this was somewhat of a high bar to reach. Hakkasan managed to vault over this with ease. A totally deserved Michelin star and definitely a restaurant to add to the bucket list. Walking down spotlit steps with hints of incense wafting after me, I tumbled down the proverbial rabbit hole into the luxury of my dreams. I almost gasped at the beauty of these flowers in front of the glowing turquoise wall. Perfect!...
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Designed by Christian Liaigre, Hakkasan's glamorous private room promises a unique experience for diners. With its oak lattice screens and luxurious fittings, the decor references Chinese history, tradition and architecture. The menu is designed for diners to share, and offers three courses that amply showcase the Michelin-starred restaurant's contemporary Cantonese cuisine.
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