Hakkasan Hanway Place

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SquareMeal Review of Hakkasan Hanway Place

Gold Award

London’s most famous Chinese restaurant remains a must-visit for all fans of Cantonese food – and anyone interested in how the capital’s dining scene has developed since the turn of the millennium.

Few destination restaurants can thrill with the same sense of arrival, as the grungy back alley entrance off Tottenham Court Road opens out into a shimmering basement, heady with incense and the swish of the glamorous waitresses’ cheongsams.  

From that moment on, the excitement never lets up and every detail is designed to wow – from the dusky blue dining room divided by latticework to the shadowy figures propping up the long, long bar. It’s the perfect backdrop for food that has changed Londoners’ perception of what Chinese cooking is all about.

Classics such as sweet-and-sour are re-invented with superior ingredients like Duke of Berkshire pork, while prawn toast is re-imagined as a deep-fried ball stuffed with oozing foie gras – though superior seafood is the menu’s real strength: eye-opening Shanghainese-style eel, the textural treat of spicy prawn with lily bulb and almond, delicate stir-fried Alaskan king crab in XO sauce or sumptuous whole braised lobster with egg noodles, terrifyingly priced by the 100g. 

Lunchtime dim sum offers a calmer, cheaper way in, and you can keep bills in check at any time by sticking to tea or the fascinating non-alcoholic Orchard List – although that would mean missing out on the joy of a ground-breaking wine (and saké) selection that seeks to find intriguing matches for Chinese food from almost every wine-growing region of the world.

Service is a little impersonal, but never less than professional, and in any case, the sexy nightclub vibe is designed to keep your attention focused firmly on your dining companions and your food (thoughtfully spotlit by overhead lamps). Fans say that Hakkasan has “still got it”, and we reckon it’s likely to have that magic spark for many years to come.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Eat at Home
Home delivery
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions


The Hakkasan brand, a global entity with locations in the likes of New York, Las Vegas and Dubai, is arguably one of the most instantly recognisable restaurant names out there. Loved by celebrities, moneyed Mayfair residents and Londoners looking for a taste of the high life, Hakkasan’s popularity has endured when other long-standing restaurants have faltered.

London is blessed with two Hakkasan locations (there’s another in Mayfair), but this Hanway Place original still draws in the crowds. While the discreet entrance just off Tottenham Court Road may not look up to much, it soon gives way to a stunning subterranean dining room, decked out in a sleek blue and black colour scheme. The dimly-lit dining room is given added character via gold accents and lattice work which divides up the different dining areas, resulting in the overall feel that you’re in one of London’s sexiest dining haunts.

Hakkasan Hanway Place is certainly not a case of style over substance though, with the expansive menu featuring everything from expertly prepared dim sum to Chinese classics revisited with luxury ingredients. On your visit, you can kick-start your meal with the likes of a crispy duck salad, sesame prawn toast or golden friend soft-shell crab. Next up, choose from Hakkasan Hanway Place’s masterful selection of dim sum, with luxury options including langoustine har gau with Prunier caviar and a Wagyu beef dumpling.

There are more substantial dishes to try too though, such as roasted silver cod drizzled with a Champagne and honey sauce, or black truffle roasted duck. Vegetarians shouldn’t feel left out either though, as there are plenty of meat-free options to choose from. Tuck into the likes of a tofu, aubergine and Japanese mushroom clay pot or a black pepper and yellow bean stir fry.

To drink, there are Asian-inspired cocktails such as a Lychee Martini, while Hakkasan’s wine list traverses the globe.


Does the restaurant have a Michelin star?

Yes, it has one Michelin star.

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Are there vegetarian options on the menu?


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Are there any vegan options?


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8 Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1HD

020 7927 7000 020 7927 7000


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-22:30
Wed 17:00-22:30
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-22:30
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-22:30


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62 Reviews 

Melanie O

09 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Ramez L

02 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Ramez L

02 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Mark R

07 March 2022  
Food & Drink 2
Service 1.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 2
A heavy heart

I first went to Hakkasan when it opened back in 2001. Every time I would come to London I would eat there and it was a treat over all those years (50+ times) - outstanding Chinese food, unique atmosphere and great service. However over the last 2-3 times (Feb & Mar 2022) I have really noticed a fairly dramatic decline in the overall experience. The prices have increased and the portion sizes have decreased. The menu not as good (e.g. dim sum selection). The food quality in decline - merlot beef used to melt in your mouth now tough. This really feels like a place now living off its reputation. Service was slow, the toilets poorly serviced (no hand towels, bin overflowing). As a 20 year fan it's really sad to see. It won't last another 20 years at this rate. I wrote this review with a heavy heart because it was a great place. 

Mitesh C

11 January 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 2
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Birthday night out

The place and food were amazing. This was a treat for my sons birthday so wanted it to be special, which I added when I booked. I can't fault the food or drink but making it special not sure they achived that apart from a small scoop of ice cream.

Additionally, we had to ask several times for our drinks to be bought to us as our food had arrived along with condiments we requested. Not sure i should  expect this level of service from a high end restaurant?

I would fo again as the food is really great!??


14 August 2019  
Excellent food service and cool Vibe with a DJ on Saturday and Sunday brunch.

sarah G

12 August 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 3.5
Gourmet Review

Never fails to disappoint, the atmosphere, service, drinks and food are all stellar. COuld be better value for money!

Athina M

13 July 2019  
Excellent food.

David C

02 July 2019  
Great food sophisticated atmosphere.

Melanie O

09 April 2018  
A classic French restaurant, with a welcoming ambience.
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