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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-5.30pm Sun-Wed 6-11.15pm (Thurs-Sat -12.15am)|
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The army greeting at reception still mystifies, where the space is overwhelmed by uniformly dressed females in light toga-style gowns who, logically, can only be fully employed at peak hour, but at other times seem to be hardly occupied, but numbers add to the sense of efficiency, I suppose. I hoped to eat somewhere I hadn’t been before as I slowly re-acquaint myself with parts of the city food scene. Enquiring at the door of Quilon early Thursday evening came to nought, likewise The Cinnamon Club; so across to The Square, and again nothing available.
As often, Hakkasan Mayfair accommodate an early walk-in. Judging by the last couple of visits I was not highly optimistic, hence the pre-Hakkasan table hunt. Seated below ground, a thoughtful waitress, who seemed genuinely warm showed an equal interest in diner and fayre – in other words, sensitive to needs, and knowledgeable.
Spare ribs often disappoint in quality and flavour, but encouraged to try my partner’s choice, whilst really intending to skip first course, I sank my teeth into what proved to be succulent appropriately glazed fleshy ribs which effortlessly left the bone. Marginally better, was a large portion of impossibly good duck with truffle – now I like duck any which way, but words can hardly describe how deliciously tender and irresistible it was. I can now also understand why the slightly indulgent Silver Cod is retained on the menu. Other accoutrements were as they should be – a glass of Spanish red was good and surprisingly interesting enough to stand up to spiciness; Japanese beer suitably refreshing. A neighbour’s dessert intrigued, and we just had to ask about the chocolate sphere coated in what appeared to be rice crispies. The diner admitted to addiction which made me think this should be on the list of dishes to choose next time, as he apparently orders it without fail.
Given portion sizing, it was excellent VFM too, but obviously not cheap, just worth it!
Hakkasan is a hypnotic experience compelling me to return time after time and I won't complain whether it's Soho or Mayfair, though I didn't quite rate the Wagyu beef last time. They do wonders with broccoli – even my previously prejudiced partner will tuck into it. I prefer the basement from ground floor here, though the bar at street level is fine and the line up on the shelves is pretty impressive too…but then it should be for the price.