You wander down a few flights of stairs (ladies beware – pick your shoe attire appropriately!), and down into a beautiful reception area, where you’re checked in, your coats and umbrellas are taken, before being whisked to your seats.
The dining room has been designed by Christina Liaigre and reflects Chinese history, tradition and architecture.
We were soon sipping on Voss sparkling water as we perused the menu and the extensive wine list.
The incredible wine list here has over 400 different wines and the sommelier is very happy to help you choose exactly which bottle you want, dependent on your tastes, your preferences and your budget.
The Taste of Hakkasan menu starts with two small eats, one of which is a selection of steamed Dim Sum.
Prawn Dim Sum, scallop and Caviar, vegetables and other seafood Dim Sum; frankly, it’s even better than it sounds.
The flavours are so clean and fresh and cooked in a way that you can taste each individual ingredient.
I adored the scallop and caviar serving, not only as scallops are one of my favourite foods, but because you could tell that they were some of the freshest and best quality scallops available. It really was incredible; even better than Fu Manchu which I though was delicious.
The small eats were served with soy sauce and two types of chilli cause – depending on how good you are at taking the heat!
The fish was so perfectly cooked that it fell apart when we tried to pick it up with our chopsticks: we knew this was going to be an extraordinary dish. It was full of flavour and the honey added a delicious stickyness, which paired very well with the jasmine rice that was served with the dishes.
I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much from the battered mushrooms, but boy was I wrong! In fact, they were so good that I got quite upset that Andy had the last one before I could get my paws on it!
Each of the dishes is served with jasmine rice and a seasonal vegetable, which in our case was asparagus.
Not just taste perfect, but picture perfect too!
I think I could have lived on this dish; it truly was the best example of a duck dish I’ve ever had in London. I only wished there was a littttle more, as if we hadn’t been sharing dishes it would have been quite a small plate, which might have been fine for me but perhaps not for Andy.
Each element of the dish was perfect, and in combination there are almost no words for it.
Which, considering I’m a real chocoholic is saying something!
I mean just look at it in all its glory!
The second dessert we shared was delicious, but not quite as mind-blowing as the chocolate one that we had had previously.
It was an apple tatin with vanilla ice cream, calvados and caramel, with exceedingly finely chopped apples.
It was a delicious dessert, but if I had to choose again I think I would choose the chocolate!
Though it still couldn’t be faulted, I just think that whenever I’m presented with two delicious desserts and one of them is chocolate that that’s going to be the winner for me!