One sunny Sunday last year, me and my best girlfriend Zoe headed into the big smoke for a boozy brunch at Hakkasan Hanway Place. We descended from the sunshine into the dimly lit depths of the restaurant, and were ushered promptly to our table. We had booked in for Dim Sum Sunday, which is a 6 course set menu priced at £58pp and includes half a bottle of champagne and 2 cocktails each – pretty reasonable considering the standard of the food.
First up was the champagne with a side of girl talk, swiftly followed by our first choice of cocktail and our first course – crispy duck salad.
Next up was a selection of steamed dumplings all of which were delicious but very filling! Just when we were starting to feel a bit full the next course arrived in the form of various fried and baked morsels of heaven – Seafood glutinous seaweed roll, Baked venison puff, Crispy smoked duck and pumpkin puff, and Golden radish crab meat pastry. This was my favourite course by far and the baked venison puff was the star of the show, I would go back just for them!
By now we were feeling seriously stuffed but soldiered on stoically when presented with the fried aubergine and eryngii mushroom with crispy oat. We weren’t too keen on this, it was essentially fried veg on a bed of porridge oats and didn’t really work.
Next up was our main course of Grilled Chilean sea bass with honey, served with sides of pak choi and fried rice. The fish was excellent, but we sadly couldn’t finish it because our bellies were fit to burst at this point!
Thinking we couldn’t possibly fit anything else in, dessert arrived with another cocktail, and we somehow managed. We both had the same thing which was a sort of marshmallow covered roll of sorbet, and wasn’t particularly great but was presented beautifully.
Overall we had so much fun, ate more than we thought possible, and ended up pretty tipsy. I would love to come back and do this again (if only for those venison puffs, drool) and was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!