Hakkasan Hanway Place

8 Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, London

Hakkasan Hanway Place
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9/10 from 6 user reviews

Top quality food, slick celebrity prices

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Address:8 Hanway Place
Fitzrovia
London
W1T 1HD
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:Restaurant & Bar
Region:Fitzrovia
Nearest Station:Tottenham Court Road
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Lunch: Mon - Fri 12.00noon to 3.00 (last orders at 3.15pm), Sat 12.00noon to 4pm (last orders at 4.15pm),
Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.00noon to 11.00pm (all day dining).

For Taste of Hakkasan, please see below
Menu:See Menu

Facilities & Info:
  • Party bookings accepted
  • Private hire available
  • Booking advisable
  • Disabled access/facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Credit cards accepted
About: Hakkasan Hanway Place is the original restaurant of Hakkasan that opened in 2001 in London.

Designed by famed designer Christian Liaigre, the space embodies the Hakkasan design ethos of the modern ethnic now found in Hakkasan restaurants around the world. Wooden screens and latticing made of dark English oak is the same material used for the 16-metre bar, and the Ling Ling dining area evokes traditional Chinoiserie decadence, punctuated by black and gold traditionally-drawn panels. An open-plan kitchen is visible from the restaurant, making the activity in the kitchen part of the restaurant’s theatre.

The restaurant is headed by head chef Tong Chee Hwee, who has been with Hakkasan since its inception. Chef Tong was instrumental in creating the restaurant’s signature dishes like Peking duck with caviar and grilled Wagyu beef with king soy sauce, and introducing them to Hakkasan restaurants worldwide.

A dim sum, dessert and lunch menu are also available, as is Hakkasan’s award-winning wine list and signature cocktails. In 2003 the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, which it has retained to this day, continuing to place Hakkasan at the forefront of Chinese cuisine.

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With a strong celebrity following to go with its one Michelin star, Hakkasan is the A-list of dim sum. The smart, chic and sexy way to enjoy some of the best dim sum you’ll ever taste.

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With its clubby appearance and late night bar Ling Ling, Hakkasan is the luxurious option for singletons on the pull.

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Diners don’t just flock to Michelin-starred Hakkasan for the food, it’s also a popular haunt for celebrations because of its chic atmosphere, not to mention the opportunities for star-spotting.

London's top restaurant bars
Afterhours lounge Ling Ling is simply a section of Hakkasan’s dining area after 10 pm, Thursdays to Saturdays. A smartly dressed crowd turns up to sample the lengthy list of cocktails, sake, wine, champagne and spirits, plus there arelight bites including dim sum and Peking duck.

Most beautiful restaurants
Ever since Hakkasan opened in 2001 it’s been a hit with London’s beautiful people, in no small part thanks to its glamorous setting. Seductive lighting, carved oak panelling and the use of Chinoiserie here and there make this one of the capital’s most stylish restaurants.

Beautiful people
Chic and serving exquisite modern Chinese cuisine, Hakkasan has been a hit with the A-list since it opened in 2001. Naturally they’ve cottoned on to how much of a “see-and-be-seen” sort of place it is, and in 2012 they launched late night lounge Ling Ling, open Thursday to Saturday till 2.30 am, so you dispense with eating altogether and get on with the people-watching.


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"Top quality food, slick celebrity prices"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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Reviewed by James Whiting

An evening stroll to Hakkasan ends in a strange alley, seemingly no place for a social elite eatery. Dim Sum was the plan, an ambiguous website at fault for the assumption of availability during evening service. Plan B was required as Hakkasan has the potential to impress with it's slick interior, in addition to the ability to rapidly devastate a credit card. Many dishes can seem overpriced, however, a careful menu navigation was possible. Two Dim Sum platters, seafood and vegetarian respectively, duck spring rolls and a lotus root with asparagus side order provided good portions without excessive spending.

Cocktails arriving at tables all around enticed with their elegance, a fresh lily peering over a nearby Martini glass nearly prompted a splashing out to fit in. Hakkasan's reputation had proceeded it and while browsing the menu and awaiting our platters a feeling of another world hung in the air. This was a harsh preconception, with the waiting staff formal but polite, and the surroundings impressive in their beauty. The arrival of the kitchen's efforts washed away any intimidation. Good food is engaging for those sharing it, and the glamour of Hakkasan's dining space transformed from imposing surroundings into a delightful romantic backdrop in which to spend an evening.

Presentation is traditional yet in keeping with the slick ambience. The array of dumplings were light and flavoursome, without real need for the selection of dipping sauces placed around the table. The spring roll of undoubtably high calibre produce will not shock nor impress with originality, while the stir fry added a clean lightness to the meal. A demonstration of the skill in how to cook a vegetable with exactly the right amount of crunch. The food did its job and took centre stage, so much so a pudding had to be tried.

The dessert menu is a departure from the Chinese, albeit influenced from the shadows. An Orange Blossom Panacotta crowned with the most deliciously refreshing of pineapple and shiso sorbets, was well complemented by slow-cooked pineapple and Sake jelly. A truly sweet way to end an early evening meal, washed down with a pot of Bespoke Jasmine Green Tea from fellow Michelin starred Chinese and sister restaurant Yauatcha.

Hakkasan is by no means value for money, and perhaps a cynic would find the atmosphere and certain clientele buzzing with pretension. However, the Chinese food is excellent, excellent enough to silence a critic, well perhaps until they begin to read the bill.


James Whiting reviewed Hakkasan Hanway Place on Wed 06 Jul 2011


The Latest User Reviews of Hakkasan Hanway Place


User Rating: 9 / 10
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Brendan, N16
Added: Mar 2013
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Get rid of the stupid music. It's Kentucky Fried Sound, aural pap, but it's beat-driven, so it's hard to ignore. I should know, I just spent two hours trying. The lighting is annoying too, our table was half in darkness, but not nearly so annoying as the music. Yes, it's part of the concept, a restaurant pretending to be a nightclub. Thing is, that's a stupid concept. Just be a restaurant. The food is exquisite, best Chinese I've ever had, in or out of China. Excellent service too. It's a brilliant restaurant--why try to be anything else?

User Rating: 8 / 10
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beatyprincess
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Nice food and especially good dim sum, only need better service to become complete package restaurant.

User Rating: 10 / 10
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notababe
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don't care or understand negative reviews. Some people just carry that negativity with them ad pass it onto waiting staff. Hakkasan is still excellent. yes it's expensive, you know that though! Treat yourself.

User Rating: 10 / 10
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A Customer
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Each time that I have been to Hakkasan (and there have been many), the experience has only ever been a positive one. Cocktails to die for, food that melts in your mouth and gives you that "nice" full feeling (not the stodgy full that you get from a cheap pizza restaurant!). The staff are extremeley attentive and go out of their way to meet your needs. The interior decor is stunning and everything down to the funky faux snakeskin menus set the theme of the restuarant off perfectly. I have been to many amazing restaurants around the world, Hakkasan is definately one of them.

User Rating: 4 / 10
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A Customer
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I have been 3 times to Hakkasan's and each time the my experience there has got worse.
I can not fault the sleek interior decoration, the cloackroom service, spotless toilets (I have a slight OCD cleaning thing so was impressed that I do not have to get my handy wipes out), the amazing food. So why do I give them such a low rating, in my humble opinion the service was...sorry let me correct myself the was no service! We were seated an hour later than we had booked, the waiters were short with all of use and kept on forgetting our orders. We felt that we were always being rushed to eat our food, waiters hovering annoyingly and as soon as anyone took the slightess sip of their drink they would rush over to us and pour the tinest drop of wine into out glass, god forbid that we should die of thirst (there is service and then ther is annoying service).At one point of the meal when a waiter was refilling our wine glass,he accidentally knocked one of the low hanging lights and a cloud of dust fell upon my friend's food,no apology and when confronted,the waiter looked at the light and said "well there is no dust on it".We asked to see the manager but after waiting for 30mins for them to arrive, we just thought it would be easier on all of us to just finish up, pay and leave!
The price of the bottle of water is is some what to be desired £4 per bottle when I know for a fact that bottle they buy for they pay £0.70(I have a friend who worked in the restaurant business).Maybe I'm

User Rating: 10 / 10
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meshell2tt
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A great experience! The food is delicious and the ambiance is out of this world. There is a sense that you’ve transported from London to another, much more stylish, domain. The ambiance is flawless, a treat for the pallet and the eyes.

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