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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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Having been a long-time fan of Hakkasan (the 1st), it was only a matter of time before the second branch lured me to it, with the promise of a fresh-faced interior but the same key components that catapulted Hakkasan to culinary fame. I must say that the new location does make a refreshing change from the pee-stained alleys leading up to the Hanway Place location of the first branch. Bruton Street is infinitely more glamorous; home to designer boutiques, luxury car showrooms and high end restaurants, which now include Hakkasan.
The restaurant is split over two levels; the ground floor restaurant better suited to families, shoppers and those enjoying lunch or a quick bite. The downstairs dining room is more like the old Hakkasan; darkly lit with blue back lighting and banquette seating galore. Service begins a tad slowly, immediately remedied by having a quick word with the manageress which improves service greatly bringing it back up to the standard I'm accustomed to.
The food is faultless as always… with all the same Hakkasan favourites lining the pages of the menu. The pork ribs were particularly superb, glossy with a vibrant ruby tint and deliciously sweet and tender. The dim sum, calamari, duck salad and duck rolls remain a favourite. In fact, I do find it hard to deviate from my pattern of preferred dishes here… But the famous Singapore noodles follow and are as delicate and flavoursome as always. Spicy prawns with lily bulbs, black pepper beef in merlot, gai lan greens and lastly, the most exquisite sweet and sour pork you will ever eat!
No mattter the location, Hakkasan are still doing what they do best and producing superb quality Chinese and Pan-Asian dishes with expert skill. The cocktails are great although I do find the wine list incredibly complex and confusing… Overall I would say the new Hakkasan is a welcome addition to the London restaurant scene, certainly as an antidote to securing a table but also a better location for access, parking and the like. Despite a few teething problems with service, I plan to make the new location a 2nd home. Still delivering bags of wow-factor with great food and ambience… you really couldn't find many restaurants in town that would be able to match the experience you get at Hakkasan.