Review on Hakkasan
Hakkasan sets out its glamorous, Michelin-starred stall up a dodgy alley just off Tottenham Court Road: you might miss it altogether were it not for the taxis and the trendy types hovering about outside. Once through the blue glass door, descend a precipitous staircase to the chic, subterranean dining room with its lacquered black fretwork screens, red calligraphy, marble and slate floors. The whole place is seductively, but eerily twilit – so make the most of the light from the lamps dangling low over each table.
The kitchen takes Cantonese cuisine as its marker, but the menu is peppered with innovative and experimental ideas that can't be easily pigeonholed. An extended list of sensational dim sum earns Hakkasan its reputation at lunchtime (although many items are also available in the evening), and it pays to delve. Try the baked venison puffs, steamed scallop dumplings with tobiko caviar, jasmine tea-smoked organic pork ribs, and parcels of glutinous rice steamed in lotus leaves
Dinner brings other delights, including spectacular roast silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey, stir-fried spicy prawns with bell peppers, lily bulbs and almonds, and a daring mixed marriage of Peking duck with Beluga caviar. Desserts are weird and wonderful creations like fennel crème brûlée with gin jelly. Fragrant teas, swanky cocktails and malt whiskies may distract you from the pricey pleasures on the impressive, global wine list.
Alan Yau sold Hakkasan early in 2008 although he still has a stake and continues to oversee the daily running of the restaurant. It's business as usual!
Hakkasan is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Tong Chee Hwee
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 – 3.15pm (4.00pm Sat & 5.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 11.15pm Sun-Wed (5.30pm - 12.30am Thu-Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express