Hakkasan New York

We were lucky enough to be in New York over NYC Restaurant Week this Feb. Over the course of 2 weeks (not just a week as the name suggests), over 380 incredible restaurants offer 3 course set lunches at $29 and dinners at $42. Having heard the name Hakkasan thrown around, it seemed like the perfect place to try on the Restaurant Week offer…

Hakksan claims to embody ‘Elegance, Energy, Invention’. Walking through the huge metal door, I got the same sense I had with a few places in New York- that they let the inside do the talking, and the no frills entrance shows just how cool they are with that. We started with cocktails at the bar (naturally) and while they weren’t the best I’d tasted in New York (I think I’d spent too much time in Skylark… I was becoming a cocktail snob!), the swirling wave like lights behind the bar were strangely relaxing…

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Starving (we’d booked table for 9pm- people in New York seem to eat much later and I liked it…), we sat down to eat. We started with the Hakka Steamed Dim Sum Platter with Har Gau, Scallop Shumai and Chinese Chive Dumpling and the Crispy Prawn Dumpling with the Roasted Duck and Pumpkin Puff. Both were delicious, and being such a sauce fiend, I particularly enjoyed the selection of dips that came with them. We also couldn’t resist ordering a cheeky extra starter of Salt and Pepper Squid…mmmm….

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Har Gau, Scallop Shumai and Chinese Chive Dumpling- just don’t ask me which was which!
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Crispy Prawn Dumpling with the Roasted Duck and Pumpkin Puff

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For mains we chose the Spicy Prawn with Lily Bulb and Almond and the Sanpei Chicken Claypot with Thai sweet basil, which came with egg fried rice and Pak Choi. We had been warned the portion sizes were slightly smaller… but they certainly didn’t seem it. I can eat a horse on most days but even I was starting to feel full halfway through the mains. The Prawns in the Spicy Prawn dish were amazing- huge and juicy and the flavours in the tender Sansei Chicken were so good that I managed to eat through my feeling of fullness…

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Spicy Prawn with Lily Bulb and Almond
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Sanpei Chicken Claypot with Thai sweet basil
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Pak Choi

 

We finished our meal with Coconut Sago Pudding with Coconut Sorbet and I finally had to admit to defeat. I, the girl with seven stomachs, was struggling and I couldn’t quite get to the end of it despite how tasty it was.16806647_10154260573947409_250534402435054276_n I had expected Hakkasan to have a party like atmosphere, but the dark lighting, comfy booth seating and three course meal made me sleepy and it was time to call it a night….

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For more information on Restaurant Week visit their website here: http://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week

Hakkasan has locations across the world including London, Dubai and Vegas. More information on their website: http://hakkasan.com

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