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|Address:||17 Bruton Street, London W1J 6QB|
|Tel:||020 7907 1888|
|Price: £76.00||Wine: £28.00||Champagne: £70.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3.15pm (Sun-Sat -4.15pm) Wed-Sun 6-11.15pm (Thurs-Sat -12.15am)|
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From the instant you walk into the fragranced and darkly lit passageway, a wry and instant smile fills your face as you await the treat in store. This is after all Hakkasan, so there wasn't even a slither of doubt that my dining experience would be anything short of fabulous. And fabulous it was. From the sleek, dark, seductive mahogany interiors, to the exotic and faraway ingredients that fill the pages of the cocktail menu, the treat began. After sipping on my lost nightingale, swiftly and expertly made by the skilled barman we arrived at our table – also on the ground floor.
The buzz of the crowd and the bhudda bar beats being pumped out of the speaker filled the highly-charged atmosphere, whilst MI5-like suited managers speedily and professionally endeavoured to make sure everything was picture perfect. Upon sighting the menu, I began to salivate immediately, thanking my lucky stars for the food I was about to receive. Our table opted for a range of vegetarian and seafood dishes including the New Zealand Lobster in glass vermicelli and Chilean Seabass with schezuan pepper. Both dishes mouth wateringly scrumptious. The vegetarian options were equally splendid with an interesting Three style mushroom stir-fry, complete with macadamia nuts.
Service was good despite being divided between the busy tables. If I'm being extra pinickity, one of the waiters could have done with being a little sharper (delivering two dessert menu's for a table of three was a little puzzling), but then that was a minor hiccup compared to the extravagance of the night. In a word – excellent.