Hakkasan is located in small and quiet street in the centre of London and is the home of the best Chinese cuisine in the city. The Michelin star restaurant is the gathering place for all those who want to experience authentic culinary masterpieces from this oriental land instead of commercial Americanisms, the inevitable red lanterns and fat sweet-and-sour sauce. The restaurant is situated in the basement and is unique in its modern simplicity: bare black wooden tables, low lighting fixtures and wood rails that divides the enormous hall (which seats up to 120 people) into separate compartments, somewhat muffling the noise of the loud customers. Quite often you will notice a celebrity or two among the diners. The kitchen activities are also partly revealed to the eyes of the public.
It would be a sin to call the service just "excellent" - many a customer would be more than ready to double the 13 % tips added to the bill. In a blink of an eye you will find yourself served an aperitif and listening to the friendly waiter explaining the menu.
The meal does not consist of the usual three courses; the guests are free to choose - from all sorts of shark soups served in little earthenware pots to unique combinations of vegetables few will have heard about. Each type of food is served in a custom-made dish; some of them are made of untraditional materials like coconut husk. Wild sea bass, sole, silver cod fish, white tuna: these are but a few of the rare fish species served at Hakkasan. Diners can also treat themselves to chicken smoked in jasmine tea, lobster, scallops, shrimps, traditional tofu, ostrich meat, lamb and game as well as Peking roast duck with the royal beluga caviar (this particular dish costs on the average GBP 140 but is definitely worth every penny). Pleasure your taste buds with a soft-shell crab: it is caught at a time when the crustacean has lost its hard shell and can be eaten in its entirety. For GBP 48 the head chef Tong Chee Hwee will serve the best beef in the world - wagyu or Kobe beef from cattle treated to music, massages and, believe it or not, champagne during their life.
The wine list is equally awe-inspiring and includes a few rare labels only connoisseurs will have heard of.
Hakkasan is never short of customers, so make sure you book your table in advance. On the other hand, the night can be pleasantly spent sitting at the fantastic bar: it stretches from one end of the hall to the other.
8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD
Phone: + 44 (0) 20 7927 7000
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