Of course we congregated outside for an obligatory snap with the flags, yet, as usual, we were too busy talking to actually pay attention to the fellow with the camera. Whoops.
This has been another long awaited meal for me. I'd been meaning to come to Hakkasan ever since I arrived in London but for some reason I'd just never gotten around to it. Never matter. Better late than never, right? The oriental feel inside is really something with wooden panelling and lots of rich red shades.
We ordered a round of cocktails (go for The Hakka, it's delish) and proceeded to discuss all our most important life affairs. In other words, boys [you can read one of my articles for The Huff Post on the topic here]. Oh and a bit of work and travels too. You know how us girls are...
For entree we opted to share a few dim sum platters; there was a mix of scallops, pork, prawn and veggie options. All of which were delightful. I love a good steamed dim sum selection.
Then we followed it up with the veal sticky ribs, chicken in clay pot and Chilean seabass for mains. The ribs were undoubtedly the star of the show with a positively addictive sauce. But the other two were also highly enjoyable.
Finally, despite our stuffed stomachs, we had to try dessert. Enter the vanilla baked yoghurt, the lemon meringue and the jivara bomb (which is essentially like a chocolate crackle with hazelnut ice cream) for Soph's birthday.
Where: 17 Bruton St, London W1J 6QB
Phone: 020 7907 1888
Bookings: Essential and well in advance
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Photos by Krissie.