Avni Mehrotra

reformed journalist

disgruntled restaurant marketer
 
always hungry, always foolish
Is Hakkasan really worth the hype?

Is Hakkasan really worth the hype?

There is something about luxury establishments—be it the exemplary service, the use of the finest cutlery, the choicest of ingredients or preparation that defines excellence, you get to experience quality extraordinaire when you visit a fine-dine establishment.

To experience their Ling Ling menu, we headed to Hakkasan, Bandra, a restaurant I had heard much about, but never been. Strangely, I had dined at Yauatcha by the same hospitality chain (KA Hospitality) several times, and quite enjoyed the authentic Oriental preparations at both their Delhi and Mumbai outposts.

Two vegetarians, we were surprised to see a dedicated set menu from the promotion, with scrumptious delights akin to the sea food and non-vegetarian menu. The meal started with a wild mushroom and vegetable wrap, a steamed dimsum platter and stir-fry kung pao tofu. 

For mains we had the Four-style vegetable stir-fry in schezwan sauce, the spicy wild mushrooms clay pot and spicy edamame fried rice. The dessert blew us by surprise, quite like this!

At Rs 2,555, if not for the food, Hakkasan lives up to the hype with the entire experience. 

The service is outstanding, and the restaurant is a crowd puller even on a Tuesday evening. And the food tastes excellent. I can’t say much about the non vegetarians, but they managed to floor us with their vegetarian delights. For corporate meals, especially if you have Korean or South East Asian expats, Hakkasan won’t fail to charm.

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