HKKbelongs to the Hakkasan group, it’s situated where Shoreditch meets the City and serves fine dining Chinese food, specialising in tasting menus inspired by the Chinese banqueting tradition.
We went along one Saturday lunch to check out the 8 course tasting menu with wines to match. The decor is a world away from the grubby streets outside and the small restaurant houses tables centred around a serving station where some of the dishes are prepared.
The menu kicked off with a fluffy bite size Poulet de Bresse puff packed full of meaty flavour. Next came the picture perfect Dim Sum, three pieces; squid, lobster and lamb served with a pot of soy and paintbrush. Then came our favourite course, the Cherry wood roasted Peking duck served two ways, wrapped in a pancake and as a mound of juicy meat and fatty crackling.
Double boiled chicken soup with pom,pom mushroom followed, a bowl of clear broth alongside a spoon filled with mushrooms and various spices for your dipping pleasure. The super soft Jasmine tea smoked wagyu beef was another perfectly executed dish and sugar snap, lotus root and water chestnut in XO sauce ensured there was at least one veggie course.
There were two dessert dishes; the delicate apple and black jelly, almond crumble and vanilla ice cream and the confit orange and macadamia nut parfait served with a glass of Moscato d’ Asit, a sweet, bubbly dessert wine.
We couldn’t fault HKK, each dish was perfectly presented and well thought out, service was uber efficient and it’s well priced too. Top marks all round, we’ll certainly be back.
Broadgate West, Worship Street, EC2A