Hakkasan Hanway Place 333

8 Hanway Place , London, W1T 1HD

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SquareMeal Review of Hakkasan Hanway Place

“Wow, wow and wow!” exclaims a fan of Hakkasan, who reckons it’s definitely the “sexiest restaurant” he’s ever frequented. Certainly, there’s a “sultry charm” to this “sensual”, barely lit basement, with clubby VIP vibes, easy-on-the-eye staff and black-lacquered interiors making it “perfect for a hot date”. Kick off with Asian-inspired cocktails at the bar, then try definitive versions of takeaway classics and “impressive” ‘small eats’ such as jasmine tea-smoked ribs or “amazingly light” Shanghai dumplings boosted by chilli and vinegar. To follow, readers rave about the gigantic spicy prawns with asparagus, almonds, lily bulbs, spring onion and water chestnuts (“a riot of colourful tastes and textures”), but we’re hooked on the salt and pepper squid, the duck braised with truffle and the “riveting” crispy lamb salad with peanut dressing. No one escapes the top-end pricing, but readers agree that “you pay for what you get”. Multiple tasting menus can keep the bills in check, although the ambitious wine list might push them back up again. Either way, it’s “absolutely outstanding”.

Former Group Wine List of the Year

Hakkasan Group’s wine lists share the same innovative overall structure, with wines separated by quirky categories, like ‘new classics: genius without a château’, or ‘blends: the art of the winemaker’. All have a superlative range of wines, with a heartening willingness to go off the beaten track, as well as reassure diners with a strong selection of Burgundy. An object lesson in professionalism and imagination.

Special offers

Sunday Offer: Dim Sum Sunday including drinks £58

From: 31 August 2017

To: 25 March 2018

Max: 7

Maximum of 7 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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9.3

Food & Drink: 9.5

Service: 8.6

Atmosphere: 8.8

Value: 7.9

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Paul A. platinum reviewer 01 September 2016

Once we’d become accustomed to the darkness of the dining room, it was possible to discern the care with which it has been laid out and decorated to hint cleverly at the style of cuisine and to make diners feel comfortable from every point of view. The front of house staff, surprisingly all non-Asian, were very professional and constantly on hand when needed. The Taste of Hakkasan menu looked very good value and we started with one of their special house cocktails, a concoction comprising Belvedere vodka, Akashi-tai sake, lychee juice, lime, coconut and passion fruit which were mixed so as to produce a marvellously creamy, fruity introduction to the meal. The “small eats” to start were an impressive crispy pomelo spiced duck salad with pine nuts and shallots, and amazingly light chicken and prawn dumplings boosted but not overwhelmed by chilli and vinegar. We both chose the spicy prawn main, which was a colourful riot of tastes to accompany the gigantic curried prawns, including asparagus, almonds, lily bulbs, spring onion, and water chestnut - a beautifully and cleverly designed combination of textures as well. Our dessert was a perfect light variation on lemon tart with a sablé base for the sesame meringue, fresh lemon sorbet, white and black sesame seeds, candied lemon and white chocolate disks - a great way to end the meal. Altogether a very satisfyingly unpretentious and high quality dining experience.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Nicoletta D. 20 December 2015

Absolutely outstanding. Excellent in every field, food, service, ambiance. It was also my husbands birthday and the staff were very complimentary.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Alice G. 30 July 2015

Chinese with a twist. One of the best in London

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Amy M. platinum reviewer 20 July 2015

I fancied something different from the usual Sunday brunch, coupled with a craving for Dim Sum and it seems Hakkasan had the answer! Their set menu for £58 per head includes a pre meal cocktail, a bottle of Louis Roederer to share and a post meal cocktail, as well as 6 courses. We were utterly defeated by the food, to the point that I opted to forgo dessert. At which they promptly returned with 3 handmade macaroons for me to take with me. The food is delicious, the only complaint is that the chilean sea bass was incredibly oily, which overwhelmed the flavour. Other than that, the duck salad is scrumptious, the dim sum delicate and exquisite and fabulous salt and pepper squid. The service seems to be a bit like an energy saving light bulb - takes time to warm up - with water taking 10 mins to arrive, but once they are rolling it's fine. The lovely thing was they didn't turn our table. Admittedly it wasn't that busy, but it was great to be able to linger for a lazy Sunday. I think that this is £60 well spent!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Rebecca L. gold reviewer 18 May 2015

I've visited Hakkasan Mayfair once before, ordered from the main menu and loved the food, atmosphere and thought the service was decent enough. This was my first time at Hakkasan Hanway Place and we decided to sample the set menu. I have to agree with prior reviews, this is a seriously sexy venue, you really do feel quite special. I can honestly say that the Taste of Hakksan menu is the best set menu I've had anywhere in terms of taste, quality and price. You get a huge amount for £35, including a cocktail. I loved the strawberry and basil martini and my boyfriend had the Hakka (not to my taste but rightly a very popular choice). There is a choice of two starters - dim sum and duck rolls which were both excellent and 3 mains (we had the beef and cod which were both divine). In terms of dessert, you can order anything from the main menu which is extensive. Everything was beautifully presented and overall, I was very impressed. I felt the service was a little more refined than the Mayfair branch which was an added bonus. I actually prefer the Hanway Place venue to the Mayfair one. It's a little more intimate and well laid out. It's also feels less busy and is quieter, worth bearing in mind. My only criticism is that the wine menu is set out in a muddled way although it's good in terms of offerings. A great opportunity to sample exquisite Michelin star food without breaking the bank.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

The Cheese platinum reviewer 13 April 2015

Even at lunchtime, Hakkasan feels raunchy. The entrance staircase is heady with incense, making way for a vast basement that’s all ebony screens, moody shadows and clubby booths. It would make a seriously saucy date destination, but clumsies beware - I walloped my head on the table’s low lighting twice, each time executed with an almighty clang. Not the dignified exit I was hoping for. Having to chase up the lunch menu was a minor bummer, particularly as we’d booked specifically for the £35 Taste of Hakkasan deal. While a nearby party of monied students casually ordered duck with caviar (a mere £270, and apparently no biggie as an amuse bouche), our super-smooth waiter discreetly brought the right promo menu, and saved us overordering when one pot of tea was more than enough for two. There’s no doubt that the service and surroundings make you feel a bit special, in the good sense. Signature cocktails (included with the three-course lunch deal) were resolutely grown-up; think kumquats, aloe and jasmine cleverly muddled with the likes of matcha, plum sake and jasmine. Our starters continued in the same sophisticated vein. My veggie dim sum platter comprised pure loveliness in dumpling form: one swathed in grass-green rice noodle; another brain-like in translucency but oddly delicious; one elegant morsel topped with a single goji berry. (Okay, so my partner’s crispy duck roll was delicious too, but way less of a spectacle). Beef rib eye with merlot was a positively sizzling main, riddled with umami and juicy as hell. Szechuan Mabo tofu was disappointingly meek in terms of heat, but the wobbly beancurd nestled in a nonetheless intriguing sauce. ‘Vegetarian chicken’ also made an appearance on the menu, and shouldn’t be sniffed at; it’s artfully cooked across much of China, and worthy of consideration. Finally, our puds did the chefs proud; the selection shunned ubiquitous salted caramel in favour of lighter, more beauteous confections and balanced Eastern spice. Those with a cloyingly sweet tooth may not get sufficient sugar fix here, but that's actually a good thing for those weirdos, like me, that aren't very fussed about cake. All in all, a solid and even exceptional London hotspot that has every right to its upmarket reputation; just be good to yourself and forsake a la carte for the genius set menu.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

michele T. 02 February 2015

The Sunday Brunch offer at Hakkasan is always as incredible as they come, and the quality of both food and service is top notch. The 6-course meal is delicious, and more than enough to satisfy even the most voracious of the appetites. The combination of champagne and cocktails works well with the food (we did order some white wine as well though, but then again we love our drinks!) and the whole experience is great. One of Sunday pearls of London!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Mike B. bronze reviewer 03 October 2014

So I entered here with some caution about the over-hyping and effusive comments I had read and heard. My Chinese friends all say it’s not a proper Chinese restaurant to the extent I sense it’s almost become now not cool to say you eat there. My co-eater once more was the ‘mandarin-fluent’ Miss C who, for background, breezed in 33 minutes late with no more than a vague hint of an insincere apology….but was reluctantly forgiven due to looking absolutely divine. A couple of cocktails at the bar to start with served by friendly bar staff. A good cocktail range all priced around the average you would expect so no unpleasant surprises there. And so to the restaurant area, and first reaction was the maximum use made of space for tables. Very limited room for waiters to manoeuvre and at times it almost felt like we were in a wagamama bench format. A seemingly minor point but table size was also quite small and given the format of Chinese eating tends to bring more dishes than usual everything felt just a bit too crammed in. So far, I’m at 5 out of 10. The food, we ordered Shanghai dumplings and soft shell crab as starters. The dumplings were just unbelievable, the best I have ever had and the soft shell crab was full of fresh flavour and perfectly spiced. Neither of us could fault…and that was despite the often captious Miss C having spent some time in Shanghai. Now we’re at 10 out of 10. Main course was led by Angus rib-eye, scallops and prawn cake and black truffle roast duck. Everything just oozed flavour – for long moments there was no conversation needed. As much as we tried to find fault it really was everything we had hoped and more. Now at 11 out of 10. We managed a couple of desserts to share which were acceptable but I guess is not the main reason you’d be coming here. To remind us how limited the table space was Miss C then decided to flamboyantly spill a rather viscid dessert wine over my sleeve….nice. Cue insincere apology….again instantly forgiven. An amazing meal, fantastic venue, if a little too focussed on maximising prime London floor space. And the bill…don’t ask, and don’t think about it, and you will not regret it.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Mike B. bronze reviewer 25 September 2014

So I entered here with some caution about the over-hyping and effusive comments I had read and heard. My Chinese friends all say it’s not a proper Chinese restaurant to the extent I sense it’s almost become now not cool to say you eat there. My co-eater once more was the ‘mandarin-fluent’ Miss C who, for background, breezed in 33 minutes late with no more than a vague hint of an insincere apology….but was reluctantly forgiven due to looking absolutely divine. A couple of cocktails at the bar to start with served by friendly bar staff. A good cocktail range all priced around the average you would expect so no unpleasant surprises there. And so to the restaurant area, and first reaction was the maximum use made of space for tables. Very limited room for waiters to manoeuvre and at times it almost felt like we were in a wagamama bench format. A seemingly minor point but table size was also quite small and given the format of Chinese eating tends to bring more dishes than usual everything felt just a bit too crammed in. So far, I’m at 5 out of 10. The food, we ordered Shanghai dumplings and soft shell crab as starters. The dumplings were just unbelievable, the best I have ever had and the soft shell crab was full of fresh flavour and perfectly spiced. Neither of us could fault…and that was despite the often captious Miss C having spent some time in Shanghai. Now we’re at 10 out of 10. Main course was led by Angus rib-eye, scallops and prawn cake and black truffle roast duck. Everything just oozed flavour – for long moments there was no conversation needed. As much as we tried to find fault it really was everything we had hoped and more. Now at 11 out of 10. We managed a couple of desserts to share which were acceptable but I guess is not the main reason you’d be coming here. To remind us how limited the table space was Miss C then decided to flamboyantly spill a rather viscid dessert wine over my sleeve….nice. Cue insincere apology….again instantly forgiven. An amazing meal, fantastic venue, if a little too focussed on maximising prime London floor space. And the bill…don’t ask, and don’t think about it, and you will not regret it.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

John m. 23 April 2014

Food and service excellent, atmosphere perfect however you pay for what you get!

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Designed by Christian Liaigre, Hakkasan's glamorous private room promises a unique experience for diners. With its oak lattice screens and luxurious fittings, the decor references Chinese history, tradition and architecture. The menu is designed for diners to share, and offers three courses that amply showcase the Michelin-starred restaurant's contemporary Cantonese cuisine.

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Capacity: 20
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Capacity: 70
Dinning Room Section 1
Capacity: 1
Dining Room Section 2
Capacity: 2
Dining Room Section 3
Capacity: 3
Dining Room Combined
Capacity: 140
Special offers

Sunday Offer: Dim Sum Sunday including drinks £58

From: 31 August 2017

To: 25 March 2018

Max: 7

Maximum of 7 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.