Hakkasan has pulled out all the stops by producing a limited edition golden menu to celebrate the annual Chinese holiday, Golden week. From Monday 24th September to Sunday 7th October you can treat yourself to the eight course menu featuring Gold dim sum.
Once inside Hakkasan its hard not to be impressed by the interiors, you are greeted with warm low lighting, with hints of red and blue lights. There are sleek dark wooden tables with dark wooden panels separating parts of the dinning area. Just for Golden Week, Hakkasan features beautiful golden rippled lighting throughout the restaurant, giving the appearance of a ‘river of gold’. The atmosphere is buzzy but comfortable and you can’t help but think you’ve walked into an secret underground restaurant where only the sexy and glamorous dine.
We started off with a cocktail at the bar, a bar lined with some of the finest spirits and liquors you would ever hope to see. Shortly after we were shown to our table, where our waiter brought us over two of the Golden era cocktails to start. A rum and champagne fusion based cocktail with pomelo, five spice and lemon juice, which featured a bamboo leaf on the side sprayed with gold. A jaw dropping cocktail you must try if they keep it on their menu!
For starters we were brought over the Golden dim sum trio, featuring the crispy lamb puff, which was beautifully sprayed with gold, a crispy outer shell with tender shredded lamb inside, an unusual dim sum choice, but my God did it work! The chilli crab had a nice kick to it and we pretty much inhaled the buttery soft steamed prawn dim sum. For starters we also had the Hakkasan signature Peking duck with braised quail egg, which we were told by the waiter was a popular dish on the a la carte menu. Rare slices of duck breast covered in the traditional Peking style sauce, with a delicate crispy skin. Another winner in my books.
For the mains we were brought over Crispy suckling pig, this was a generous portion of large juicy cuts of pig leg, soaked in a sweet and spiced sauce. Another delicious dish which went down a treat with the salted egg fried rice, made with duck egg, to make the rice more flavoursome. We were also brought over the steamed black kingfish fillet with saffron sauce and spicy prawns. The prawn dish was another standout dish, again generous sized prawns soaked in a spiced coconut reduction.
To finish off the meal we had another Golden era cocktail and the Touch of gold dessert. Which was beautifully presented; a black sesame outer shell, with a gold coin on top. Inside you are greeted with warm melted chocolate and kumquat sorbet. It was superbly rich and indulgent, maybe a little too much for an eight-course meal, but I for sure was a fan.
This exquisite menu is priced at £88 per person and available at Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair. Don’t miss out, this menu is only available until the 7th October.
Written by Nyla Sammons