Best Dim Sum in London - Hakkasan
Hakkasan is a high-class modern Chinese restaurant in the heart of Western London, at Hanway Place. The Wagamama Japanese restaurant chain and the newer Yauatcha restaurant, also in London, together with Hakkasan were all created by Syra Khan Alan Yau. Till now, Hakkasan has opened branches in Miami, New York City, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Mumbai. Many believe that other than Hong Kong, London is also a place to get one of the best Dim Sum in the world.
Hakkasan Hanway Place, opened in 2001, is the original restaurant. In 2003, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, which it has retained to this day, continuing to place Hakkasan at the forefront of modern Chinese cuisine.
The smell of chinese burning incense filled up the enclosed corridor just outside the restaurant in the basement. The restaurant may be making use of the smell of the incense to give the restaurnt a chinese identity, however as most people do not really fancy incense smell, it may be preferable to make do without it.
Christian Liaigre designed the interior of the restaurant with wooden screens and latticing made of dark English oak, giving the restaurant a very unique atomosphere.
Amongst the Dim Sum, their signature specialities include Pipa Duck, Monk Jump Over the Wall and the lunch set meal.
Four Seasons Oolong (£3.90) per pot - no tea leaves inside, cant just add water, unlike traditional Dim Sum restaurants where the tea is free-flow per person.
Pork and Prawn Siew Mai (£5.50)
Har Gau - Shrimp Dumplings (£4.90)
Char Siew Bun (£3.90)
Pan-fried Turnip Cake with Garlic and Chinese Chive (£5.50) resembles fried carrot cake in Singapore
Prawn and Gai Lan Cheung Fun (£4.90)
Sticky Rice Lotus Leaf (£4.50)
Fried Custard Bun (£4.20)
Four-style Dim Sum Platter - the restaurant made an effort to make sure that the 4 dim sum were not repeats from what we ordered on a la carte
Pipa Duck - Hakkasan’s signature dish
Stir Fried Pak Choi
Spring Onion and Egg Fried Rice
Coconut Brûlée - with pineapple compote, pina colada sorbet and coconut rocher
Why I recommend this place:
Definitely one of the best Dim Sum in London. The decoration, presentation and taste of food all fall into the high end, not to forget the price is also of extremely high end. This expensive restaurant gives one the feeling of being in a fusion of chinese and western world. On one hand, the food is very authentic chinese, however, on the other hand, the desserts and wine selection are very western. Whether or not the dish is chinese or western, Hakkasan is certainly worth a trip to patronise.
Food Rating: 8.1/10
Hakkasan Hanway Place
8 Hanway Place
Tel: +44 (0) 207 927 7000
Transit: Berkeley Square (Stop X)
Hakkasan’s second restaurant in London. It was ranked 60th and 100th in S. Pellegrino’s World’s 100th Best Restaurants in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
17 Bruton Street
Tel: +44 (0) 207 907 1888
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