Hakkasan one of London’s Michelin star restaurants has graced the Mumbai culinary scene with its presence. The exclusive Asian inspired predominantly Chinese restaurant is nestled in Bandra.
The decor is minimalistic and rather contemporary, with their trademark electric blue lighting through the restaurant and even in the elevator as you enter the restaurant. There is a main dining area which is massive and so spacious that you don’t feel like the next table can hear your conversation. There is even a wonderful retractable roof which they open up on special occasions. They have a separate slightly more private dining area which is dimly lit and more intimate and an exquisite colourful ‘Ling Ling’ bar which houses practically ever label and bottle of liquor you can think of. In addition, to this a fabulous showcase displaying some incredibly high end scotch and cognac bottles which are ridiculously priced, but for connoisseurs, it’s well worth the price.
Hakkasan is celebrating their 2nd anniversary in Mumbai and to mark the occasion have launched a new slightly revamped menu. Their iconic trademark dishes have been retained as they are served in all the Hakkasan outlets across the world but the chef has created some new delights which are of course delicious and up to the royal Hakkasan standard.
Their cocktail menu is incredibly impressive and their barkeep churns out some smooth drinks. There is an impressive list of unusual and different cocktails though we recommend their trademark The Hakka Cocktail which is their signature drink. It's a mix of Ketel 1 vodka with sake, passion fruit, lychee juice and coconut cream and its delicious. Their impressive range of dim sums ranges from duck rolls, adorable pumpkin dim sums to crab and even sea bass dim sums. Their list is extensive and each one is distinct and doesn't disappoint at all.
The spring onion and egg fried rice is simple but addictive. The Chilean sea bass is spicy and delicious but the most note worthy dish is their unique prawns in dragon fruit. It's a starter but can easily accompany a main dish. Dragon fruit is an Asian fruit, red from outside with a white soft inside dotted with black seeds. It's extremely similar in taste and texture to the popular kiwi fruit and along with these prawns makes for an excellent and very unusual dish.
Most Chinese restaurants are usually a great let down when it comes to dessert NOT Hakkasan. Their white chocolate mousse with mango sorbet is excellent. The mousse is light and delicate and the sour hit of the sorbet works very well with it. Their Lemon grass crème Brule and apricot and ginger ice cream is another note worthy dish. Some very unusual ingredients and distinct flavours which one would never imagine in a dessert but surprising work wonderfully and dance in your mouth. One would never order a lemongrass flavoured dessert or any ice cream with a hint of ginger but this one will blow you away.
Hakkasan is a treat, both visually and for your taste buds. It's a complete dining experience that you must try at least once.
By - Roxanne Bamboatt
Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com. A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time !
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