17 Bruton Street, LONDON, W1J 6QB
It's fair to say that since Hakkasan set up shop in its original Hanway Place venue in 2001, it has changed the way we regard Chinese food. The Mayfair branch sets a suitably high tone with a doorman at the entrance, and a slinky look of burnished wood, marble and leather combining with moody lighting to give a feeling of high-rolling luxury. Anyone familiar with the lexicon of Chinese menus will find familiar-sounding dishes, but this food is a cut above in terms of quality of produce (the menu is dripping with top-end ingredients and luxuries), inspiration and execution. Staff are slick, friendly and on the ball - they need to be, given the number of covers spread over its two perpetually heaving floors. Foie gras adds an upmarket note to the centre of sesame seed-coated prawn balls, which explode with distinct flavours of garlic, ginger and chives, and come with deep-fried seaweed and tempura-battered enoji mushrooms for textural variation. A well-conceived main course of spicy stir-fried venison with eryngii mushrooms, baby leeks and dried chillies is distinguished by accurate timing, spicing and seasoning. Desserts take their inspiration from the Western repertoire, such as a luscious Jivara milk chocolate 'bomb' with hazelnut praline coated with Rice Krispies.
Tel: 020 7907 1888
& 7355 7701
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Dates closed: 24-25 Dec
Days closed for lunch: 26 Dec, 1 Jan
Cooking type: Chinese
Chef: Tong Chee Hwee, Tan Tee Wei
Number of seats: 220
Accessible for wheelchairs.