Hakkasan Hanway Place

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A well known establishment in London, in the hidden backstreets of Fitzrovia.

Background and history:

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One Michelin Star

Dim lit room, black square tables and wall panels highlighted with intricate swirls, and complimenting funky music is now the signature look of Hakkasan restaurants worldwide.

We all know my love for the restaurants within Hakkasan Group, notably HKK which is now headed by Chef Tong Chee Hwee, who brings his expertise over from Hakkasan. An instrumental figure throughout his time at Hakkasan, and with that, carries great expectation.

The forefront of Chinese cuisine and quite rightly so holding its first Michelin star in 2003.  Their dim-sum is world class, with a “lunch event ‘dim sum Sunday’ which is staged every Sunday from 12-5″

The meal: Dim Sum Sundays (12-6.45pm) £58

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Kowloon Cooler, Coco Passion

We started with mock-tails the Kowloon Cooler and Coco passion, which refreshed our tastebuds while we started with crispy duck salad.

Crispy and sweet with the meat tender, and complemented well with a light salad. Dim sum platters were next on the list, with chinese chive dumpling with prawn and crabmeat, har gau, scallop shiu mai, duck and yam bean dumpling.

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Crispy Duck Salad
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Dim Sum platter

As fore-mentioned the dim sum platter was served soon after the crispy duck salad. The scallop shumai I’ve had many a time here and never fails to please, the scallop so delicately placed above the shu mai itself and enveloped with thin lye water dough. Even though I was born and raised in London, with ethnic Chinese roots, you can say that it would be natural to have a higher standard of expectation. The har gau was another pleasing affair, with shrimps soft plump with the outer layer steamed crystal skin wrapper.

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Fried Dim Sum platter
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Royal King Crab and Truffle Roll

Dim sum double! The fried dim sum platter consisted of Royal king crab and truffle roll, Baked venison puff, Smoked duck and pumpkin puff and Golden radish crab meat pastry. I don’t even think I can even start to explain how good the truffle roll was. Crispy with a crunch with the truffle aroma defusing through the outlayer…

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The insides of the smoked duck and pumpkin puff
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The Mains
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XO seafood and water chestnut lettuce wrap

The mains consisted of XO seafood and water chestnut lettuce wrap, Stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef with merlot (we had the jasmine chicken with satay due to dietary reasons), Chopped asparagus, Ginger and spring onion fried rice.

Unfortunately the ginger and spring onion was lacking in taste, which although looked pleasing, tasted just like boiled rice but with a bit of salt. The other mains made of for it though with a fancy looking water chestnut lettuce wrap that complemented very well with the rice – and chicken.

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Jasmine tea smoked chicken in Satay Sauce
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Jivara bomb

I don’t tend to use slang in my posts… but Jivara bomb was certainly ‘da bomb‘! Popping rice crackers fired away within your mouth with an extra bit of sweetness to it, led from hazelnuts and crushed raspberries. Inside this little orb, was hazulnut icecream topped with melting milk chocolate running down the side.

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Apple tatin

Apple tartin wasn’t as glamorous as the ‘Jivara Bomb’ but nonetheless a desert well enjoyed.

Service: Service is impeccable as always, with 12.5% service charge. There is even a DJ every week!

The price: £££

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Percy and Founders

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Full house on what was a Friday night!

History and Background:

I came here for the 50% off soft opening week along with three others. Opened in April of 2015 at what was formerly the Middlesex hospital, the restaurant houses 200, though, for such a large restaurant, it can look very sparse and desolate when even half empty. Nevertheless, ideal for relaxed drinking and group bookings.

Diego Cardosa, is the new executive chef at P&F, known for working under Gordon Ramsay, and also running Murano. The founders introduced a new concept of pub dining as their main marketing strategy;

Experience the evolution of public houses

Upscale dining? Gastropub? Not sure here… but you can do the googling.

It might be worth to note though, the food is more worth the price I paid at its soft opening that at its full price, it is seemingly overpriced for what you get.

The meal: (Full prices are shown below)

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Starters: Crispy Short Rib – Radish and Mustard Creme Fraiche £8.50
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Ordered a feast between 4…something that happens when you eat with PYC

The crispy short rib, slightly eccentric design to start off with, and gave a good first impression too, crispy and crunchy. Potato skins below was one of my favourite nibbles, made as a bar snack to complement with cocktails if you’re at P&F for drinks!

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Snacks: Potato skins £3.00
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Snacks: Courgette Wafers with Cream Cheese & Iberico Ham £4.50
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Bar snack: Scratchings £4

Some more bar snacks ordered, the iberico ham somewhat forgetful, but reminiscent of the bread pillows and iberico ham that I had at Ametza.

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Bar snack: Burrata £4
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Sea Bass – charred broccoli, lemon and samphire £18.50

I ordered the sea bass since the others all ordered the lamb breast, samphire gave additional flavouring alongside this particular white fish, but for a main worth a near £20, I’m not sure it gave it its worth. Truffle fries are a must order here, so aromatic – if you are a regular reader, then you know that a meal consisting of truffle is a regular occurrence..

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Sides: Truffle fries £4
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Main: Crispy lamb breast, champ and gravy £17.50
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Chicken Wellington (£19 per person) – this is 2x (£38)

I don’t know why we ordered this, don’t ask me why, bar snacks, sides, main and desserts were more than enough, yet we ordered chicken wellington. Not a great fan of wellington and I may have been too full to like it.

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Desserts: Percy’s mistress’ and maple syrup butter £7.50
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Lemon and Yoghurt £7.50 (almond crumble and prosecco sorbet)

My photos don’t really do these desserts justice, but lets call it a bad photography day. Magdeleines were warm and served hot, alongside something called maple syrup butter…heavenly. Crepe Souffle, which I thought would be too creamy for my liking, but warm, sweet crepe cooked in its iron pan with meringue couldn’t have been made any better.

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Desserts: Crepe Souffle, and orange caramel £7.50
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The front interior of Percy & Founders, inside Fitzoy Place, a recently developed £750 million pound investment…

Service: Friendly staff all with probable previous restaurant experience. 12.5% service charge

Price: £££

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