In a nutshell: Hakkasan group does the best Chinese fine dining in London
Price: £95 for 15 course tasting menu
Cuisine: Chinese - fine dining
HKK is aiming for their first Michelin star and I really hope they get it when the Michelin guide release next month. The food is consistently great, definitely some of the best Chinese food we’ll find in London. The cherry wood Peking duck has tons of flavour without oily texture, the dim sum trilogy is always tasty without the need for soy sauce. Service is also consistently good. But because of its difficult to find location in City (I got lost for 15mins the first time..went around the building 4 times..!), the restaurant remains quiet most days. On the positive side, it’s super easy to book, one of the rarities in London these days!!
Part of the Hakkasan, Yauatcha group but this time solely focused on fine dining. The room is spacious and elegant, with the centre area completely free for service only. Tables are in 2s and 4s but they do have a beautiful private room available. A separate bar counter is for walk-ins and drinks. The few times I went to HKK, it was so quiet, booking is not required. It’s an upscale place, great for special occasions and fancy business meetings (very quiet restaurant).
Only the £95, 15 course tasting menu is available for dinner, which changes every two months. The classic dishes would stay put, such as the cherry wood Peking duck. Lunch has more options, including the a la carte and 4/5/8/15 tasting menus, catering for business lunch needs. The four course menu is very reasonable at £28.50, including wagyu beef, crispy duck and truffle Poulet de Bresse soup.
I’ve always had a great time at HKK, that includes the food, service and restaurant. The cherry wood Peking duck is a signature and really deserves more attention. The glassy marble skin simply melts in your mouth without feeling oily, which is the best kind. Other dishes are just as good, the tea smoked wagyu beef, dim sum trilogy, etc.
On August 2013, I went to try their new menu, which included a gorgeous green tea moon cake with egg yolk, not as sweet and oily as a traditional moon cake and still delicious. You can get them at Yauatcha! The red bean ice cream moon cakes weren’t as successful. Apart from sweets, the poulet de bresse chicken with taro puff was superb, everything just melted instantly. The chargrilled Chilean seabass was perfectly cooked. Most dishes were great but desserts (apart from moon cake) were weaker, I’m not a huge fan of their desserts.
15 course tasting menu - £95 - Aug 2013
Poulet de Bresse puff
Cold jumbo crab
Cherry wood roasted Peking duck
Ginseng chicken soup with silken bean curd
Dim sum trilogy
Lobster in egg white with organic natural yogurt
Winged bean, Maitake mushroom and lily bulb in XO sauce
HKK Moon cakes served with Rou Gui Oolong tea
Char-grilled Chilean seabass
Toban of Rhug Farm organic lamb in spicy sesame sauce
Australian green abalone in royal sauce
Seared Wagyu beef pan-mee in black truffle sauce
Mandarin jelly with pandan sorbet and jasmine meringue
8 Course Tasting Menu - £48 - Mar 2013
Bai hua prawn
Dim sum trilogy
Cherry wood roasted peking duck
Poulet de Bresse and ginseng soup with silken bean curd
Gai-lan, shimeji mushroom and lily bulb in XO sauce - (the smallest stir fry?)
Jasmine tea smoked Wagyu beef with water chestnut
Lychee tapioca, passion chiboust, passion jam
Pineapple fritter, salted lime jelly, vanilla ice cream
Contact Info - HKK
Tube: Liverpool Street / Old Street
88 Worship Street
London EC2A 2BE
020 3535 1888