Thursday, 17 October 2019

Hakkasan, Mayfair


My dad and I have become quite the partners in crime when it comes to reviewing restaurants now, with our latest escapade leading us to Hakkasan in Mayfair (gifted). They kindly invited us down to review their new Hakkasan Collection menu in collaboration with shoe designer Lucy Choi, and it seemed like the perfect place to celebrate my dad's birthday. A two in one!

The restaurant itself is one you would honestly walk right past if you didn't know it was there. Just a simple, brown wooden door with no sign. It's completely unassuming, to the point where I couldn't find it even though I was actively looking for it! Despite this, inside the restaurant was busy and bustling with people, even on a Monday lunch time.


The Hakkasan Collection is £90 per person for the main menu and £70 per person for the vegetarian version. As I'm pescatarian, I ordered the normal menu and my dad ate the meat plates, although it was mostly seafood based. I did ask if it would be possible to swap the meat options out for the veggie equivalents, but this was not possible, mainly because everything is served together sharing style, so it makes sense.

The menu also includes a cocktail - the Choi Ling, which contains Tangqueray no. Ten gin, Sipsmith Sloe gin, lemon sherbet, rhubarb and Ruinart Rose Champagne. My dad had mine, of course, and then also had three more after that, so they must have been good!


It wasn't long before starters were delivered. First up was classic steamed dim sum containing a variety of seafood including swordfish, crab and langoustine. They were absolutely delicious and served with a variety of amazing dips.


We were also brought the famous duck salad - which I couldn't eat but my dad ate the entire bowl of and said it was the best duck salad he had ever tasted.


After our starters came our mains - stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef, spicy prawns and grilled seabass in honey. My favourite was definitely the seabass - it was cooked to perfection with just enough sweetness from the honey that wasn't too overwhelming.


All of the mains were also served with jasmine rice and pak choi.

Finally, we were presented with dessert which was served in a Lucy Choi shoebox! It came with two huge balls of cotton candy on top of each pot, which is then dissolved by the pouring of black tea. Underneath was poached pear with Dulcey cream and oh boy was it delicious!


Overall I would 100% recommend Hakkasan, especially if you are headed there to try the new Hakkasan Collection. It's a really good deal for a Michelin Star restaurant and a great idea for special occasions. However, even if you're not up for that then even stopping by for an a la carte lunch is still a good idea as the food is just incredible. Also, a big thank you to our waiter Sergio who was just outstanding!

The last day for the menu is November 17th, so get in there before it ends!

Have you ever been to Hakkasan? x

Our lunch at Hakkasan was gifted but all opinions are my own. 
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