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|Address:||8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD|
|Tel:||020 7927 7000|
|Price: £72.00||Wine: £32.00||Champagne: £74.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sat -4pm Sun -5.45pm) 6-11pm (Thurs-Sat 5.30pm-12:30am)|
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Hakkasan has long been a favourite haunt of mine. I have personally never had a bad experience there to date, although sympathise with many over being hurried through your meal to ensure you don't exceed the alotted 2 hours. As long as service is swift and food arrives on time from the kitchen, 2 hours is ample with Chinese/Asian cuisine (unless of course you want to have a long meal) The only time you really suffer, is when you are in a group of more than 4 people.
The food is still phenomenal. Crispy duck salad flecked with ruby pomegranate seeds, crunchy coated salt and pepper baby squid with garlic, my favourite seafood dim sum basket and faultlessly cooked spare ribs in a rich, sweet sauce are all a great way to open the meal. For mains, the black pepper beef in Merlot is a firm favourite, along with the sweet and sour pork with pomegranate, tea smoked chicken, seabass and of course, the utterly fabulous Singapore noodles, which remain the best in town. Beware though as the main courses can be astronomically priced and sometimes I prefer to eat lots more of the starters than the mains, which not only bode well for group-sharing, but also work out to be far more pocket-friendly.
Desserts are safe and somewhat less interesting than the previous courses. Nothing particularly stands out with any wow-factor. The chocolate fondant is always a good bet and sometimes they do banana and chocolate donuts, which are delicious. I guess the thing with Asian and Oriental restaurants are that dessert is never the main focus of the meal and therefore less tempting.
The restaurant is still a great evening out in the West End; but once upon a time, you would dance all night in the old ‘Ling-Ling’ lounge, which has now been culled to make space for more diners. Lets see whether the new Hakkasan (due to open next month) can capture some of the old magic and sparkle that once made Hakkasan so great.