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The Hakkasan group’s ode to fine Chinese cuisine revolves around a preparation table at the centre of HKK’s dining room. The grey office-with-baubles feel, coupled with a muted exterior, means the venue risks being overlooked – but a compelling experience awaits. Effusive praise is heaped on the “innovative” 15-course tasting menu (the only dinner option), which breezes by thanks to slick coordination and light portions. Luscious roasted-duck pancakes steal the show (watch the spit via a viewing window), but each dish brings drama: from crunchy and creamy dim sum laced with squid paste to char-grilled quail crowned by a curled mui choi rice wafer. Vibrant soft drinks hold their own as alternatives to wine. In focusing on one menu, the kitchen has evidently taken time to polish every aspect of the dining experience. HKK might not tub-thump its presence, but it delivers subtle, precise, gastronomic theatre of a very high calibre.

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 26 March 2014

    vialaporte :: HKK* // Shoreditch // London

    HKK shows what Chinese fine dining can be; it’s as simple as that. Although it’s clearly been created for City entertaining, don’t let that put you off if you’re intrigued to go there for a meal with friends. Expectations are perfectly set at a *1 star level, from the welcome, to the apéritifs, to the subtle yet chic decor – and of course the cuisine.

    If you want the best out of your experience, you should go for one of the many set menus. Even someone used to ordering Chinese food will find it difficult to recreate HKK’s sumptuous offer from the à la carte menu. Also, rather than have wine with your meal,...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 18 July 2013

    Fd Over LDN :: HKK

    First things up, the decor. This was a key component of the experience at the other venues, particularly at Hanway Place, still I think the most fantastic use of space (it used to be an underground warehouse) in London. HKK is certainly more subdued and more professional. The target audience seems to be high powered local business types. Personally, I would say that the food is more the focus of the attention here than at the other branches...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 7 April 2013

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: HKK

    HKK is a fine dining restaurant from the Hakkasan Group overseen by Chef Tong Chee Hwee through whom Hakkasan earned its Michelin Star back in Alan Yau's day. Tong Chee Hwee is a supremely talented chef who has put together a 15 course tasting menu based on the traditions of Chinese banqueting. HKK also offers a la carte during lunches, but evenings are the choice of the tasting and vegetarian tasting menus only.  The is a matching wine flight for each menu, as well as an original idea, an orchard flight, offering non-alcoholic fruit juice cocktails to match, which I was quite excited to try.The first drink was brought...
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  1. Hakkasan is now a mini global empire of glitzy fine dining Chinese restaurants and lounges, but it all started with just one restaurant, the original Hakkasan in Hanway Place, off Oxford street. When it opened in 2001, a “glamorous night out” and “going for a Chinese” were concepts with little or no overlap but, overnight, Hakkasan changed the perception of Chinese restaurants in London and the UK. Offering lavishly designed, glitzy interiors, a cool lounge bar, and soon-to-be Michelin starred high end Chinese food, it attracted both foodies and fashionistas, rapidly becoming one of the venues of choice to impress...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 1 August 2013

    Tiki Chris :: HKK’s Exquisite Five Course Duck Lunch

    There’s not a whole lot I can write about my recent visit to HKK for a taste of its five course duck lunch menu without my review coming across as one big gloat about how much I enjoyed it.

    Besides, so much of what I loved about the experience was getting to sit back and allow Chef Tong Chee Hwee, sommelier Miguel Hernandez and all the cordial HKK staff encountered to provide their deliberate best to ensure I had an exquisite meal. The months old HKK is a brilliant extension of the Hakkasan brand and welcome addition to another rather desolate stretch of ambiguous hinterland straddling the professional City...
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  1. Bespoke Cantonese fine dining from the Hakkasan Group” is the claim from HKK, the second Hakkasan venture to open in The City this year. Does it deliver? Most definitely!
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  1. I MUST share with you the culinary wonder that is HKK restaurant, the new East London outpost of the Hakkasan Ltd. group in Broadgate West, near Bishopsgate. We went for the 15- courses tasting menu (there is also an 8-courses option); if £95 is not exactly cheap (it certainly isn’t for me), it is still a bargain compared to the a’ la carte prices and for the quality and quantity of food, the offering at HKK restaurant it didn’t feel extortionate...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 29 August 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: HKK

    HKK is a fine dining Chinese restaurant which specialises in seasonal tasting menus and it’s owned by the Hakkasan group – they own Hakkasan, Sake no Hana and Yauatcha. It’s based in a quiet part of Shoreditch – on our Saturday evening visit there was not a soul to be seen and you’d easily walk past it as it looks like an office block. Inside however was a beautiful and serene space which was every bit as elegant as you might wish for...
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  1. Hakkasan was one of the restaurants that helped foster the idea that Chinese food in London wasn’t just greasy take away fare. HKK is a new City spin-off of the Soho original, but with an emphasis on expensive tasting menus that befits its location in the shadow of capitalism’s gleaming towers.

    If you’re expecting the handsome dark woods and aromatic scents of Alan Yau’s other restaurants, then HKK’s surprisingly plain, understated decor will be a disappointment. The generally generic grey glossy gleam is designed to avoid offending the homogenous, monochrome, easily startled suits that prowl the nearby streets....
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  1. Published : Thursday, 19 December 2013

    FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl :: HKK London, Dec 2013

    I’ve always been sceptical of the idea of Chinese fine dining…until I set foot in HKK. The food is divine, the attention to detail mesmerising and the service spot on. My current favourite place to have elaborate and lush weekend Chinese lunch (although I still like Yauatcha and Hutong a lot)...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 4 February 2015

    Dips Dines :: HKK - Sublime Chinese | Dips Dines

    This meal truly was an experience i’ll never forget. HKK is the fine dining option from the brains behind Hakkasan & Yauatcha, serving up exquisite Chinese food. It was recommended to me by friends (one of whom grew up in Hong Kong) and as well as meeting the high expectations they’d set, it exceeded them. Basically, it was one of my best dining experiences ever!

    At lunchtime there are a few different menu options, however in the evening, HKK only offers the 15 course tasting menu (vegetarian version also available) – if you opt to sit at the bar counter though, you can go for the 8 course tasting menu for...
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  1. Published : Friday, 6 February 2015

    Eat Cook Explore :: HKK Innovative Chinese New Year Menu

    To celebrate Chinese New Year in style in London, there are not many places that can present a special menu like HKK has done. They have modernised Chinese cooking techniques from around China and with that created a culinary journey that will delight your all your senses.
    HKK’s innovativc Chinese New Year menu has been specially designed by Chef Tong Chee Hwee (1 star), Executive Head Chef of Hakkasan Group.The Culinary Journey Through China menu showcases the diverse cooking techniques around China is and features 8 courses from 8 different regions....
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  1. If you’re a fan of Chinese New Year (it’s the year of the sheep if you’re interested), or even if you’re not, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the culinary journey offered by HKK, which is part of the Hakkasan group. We normally find words like ‘culinary journey’ off putting and not necessarily true but in this case it really was. The beautifully designed tasting menu illustrated by Louise Morgan, is like a storybook taking you through the different regions of China. A helping hand is given by the waiter and sommelier who described each course as it was served to us...
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Private Dining at HKK

HKK’s elegant and spacious private dining room is ideal for private business meals or social events and can host up to 14 guests. The space – which features traditional hand-painted Chinese wallpaper and a blue-tinted sliding glass door for privacy – offers direct views into the restaurant kitchen, where diners can see the Peking duck oven. All tasting menus from the restaurant (including the restaurant’s signature Peking duck, which is carved in front of diners by the chef), are available in the private room.

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Private Dining Room Chef 14
Main Dining Area 51

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