Hakkasan, London

4 out of 5 stars 4 Stars - 7 Reviews

8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD +00 44 (0)07 927 7000

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  • Very slick and romantic..
    Very slick and romantic..
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    Hakkasan: Very Chic Chinese

    by Durfun Updated May 23, 2011

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    Cool interior.  See the wines?
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    Beautiful, zen-like decor. You descend nicely lit stairs straight down to the dining area. It's quite big, with a dark room that's mood-lit by the well-placed lamps all over.

    Lovely screens all around and between the many cosy corners. Part of the decor involves having wine bottles placed along the walls.

    Service is impeccable, menu is well-designed and not too cluttered.

    This is the first Chinese restaurant in London to be awarded the coveted Michelin star. This place is the brain-child of the same fellow behind the popular Wagamama chain.

    Food is very tasty. And this place has a great separate bar area, jam-packed with all the drinks you could imagine. The mixologists can also effortlessly concoct your favourite cocktail, whatever it happens to be!

    The menu extends to crab, lobster, Wagyu beef (Kobe), shark-fin soup, etc.

    Favorite Dish: Their Vegetarian dim sum is like none I have tasted before. Simply divine :-)

    The Pumpkin tofu is so light & refreshing. Lovee the mild, fried red chillies that come with it.

    Amazing Vegetable fried rice, Sanpei Poussin, and Peking style duck.

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    Hakkasan: what a disappointment

    by PALLINA Updated Jun 4, 2009

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    I've decided to put this tip in the Tourist trap section as well. It was raccomended to me by a person used to go to London for business so not so used to pay for restaurants by himself. Great mistake. Hakkasan is and offers exactly what I don't look for in a restaurant: a place where to look at people (especially if good looking girls on 11cm heels) and where to be watched. Nobocy cares if the service is as accurate as in the cheapest fish and chips eatery. Firstly, we had booked from Italy (so one week in advance) but we had to wait for the table (in the meanwhile, you are asked to wait at the bar. What a pity, all cocktails cost at least 9.50£!). After less than 10 minutes (just the time to oder our 9,50£ cocktail and swallow it) we were seated in a very small table. Menu is in Chinese and in English; waiter was not so ready to describe the course. I had a (fantastic) soar-sweet duck (14,50£) while my husband, after asking if a certain course was spicy or not, had to sweat to eat his beef course (18£). Chinese beers are bloody expensive (6£) and, obviously, not so good as the British. Courses look great but everything is really too overstimated, like Michelin's star. I have read it was the first Chinese restaurant to get Michelin's star. The discretional additional service, almost always 12,5%, is 13% there. A real expensive nightmare!

    Favorite Dish: Soar-sweet duck

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  • hakkasan: Dim sum in London

    by histrionia62 Written Jul 12, 2004

    Phenomenal food, ambience, and service. We stumbled on a review in the newspaper, and tracked down the restaurant, which was not easy to find. You descend down a dark stone staircase to what seems like another world.

    Favorite Dish: dim sum

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    Hakkasan: Chinese - Special Occasion for Luxury

    by MISSQT Written Feb 28, 2004
    One cocktail please!!!

    I didn't know this place exist until my friend took me there. Hakkasan is not dificult to find but you've got to go through a back street off Tottenham Court Road. There were bouncers in suits with earphones guarding the doorway. It's up to them whether they will let you enter or not. Turning up scruffy and weird won't do you any good!

    I was overwhelmed with the decorations, people, food and lightings. It's so.... i think sexy is the word.

    Some dishes can be pricy but my friend paid for it that time (thank god!).

    I will definately go back there again (someday)!!!

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    Hakkasan: Chinese - Special Occasion for Luxury

    by MISSQT Updated Feb 28, 2004
    Stylish and friendly reception..

    This place is so cool and stylish. I've never seen any chinese restaurant as beautiful as this. The interior is sleek, modern and oriental mix and very very "Sex and the city" (if you have seen the episodes, you know what i mean!)

    If you have seen About A Boy, staring Hugh Grant, there is a short scene of him in Hakkasan eating chinese while he dump his girlfriend in the process....

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    Hakkasan: Chinese - Special Occasion for luxury!

    by MISSQT Written Feb 28, 2004

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    Dine in style

    From the creators of Wagamama is this high class Chinese eaterie with hip decor and adventurous food.

    Hakkasan is an uber-cool, Sex-In-The-City chic restaurant with very good food and service and a great ambience.

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    Hakkasan: Chinese with a Michelin star

    by Manara Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    This the fifth Chinese restaurant to be awarded a star by the Michelin Guide in its 103-year-long history, and the first in the UK.
    Probably this is why it is always so crowded. Or maybe the reason is that Hakkasan featured in the movie "About a Boy". In any case, this is one of London hot spots.
    The ambiance and decor are very trendy, and although the restaurant is windowless the atmosphere is pleasant.
    The staff is extremely kind and helpful. The food is Cantonese with variations (eg Peking duck with caviar).
    The bar serves excellent (overpriced) cocktails.
    For a dinner you can expect to pay £ 60 per person. It can be less if you steer clear of the lobster and the shark fins.

    Favorite Dish: Hakka vermicelli with dried shrimp roe and smoked chicken served with yellow chive consomme (£8.50)
    Roasted silver cod with champagne and Chinese honey (£22)

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