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Hakkasan – Hanaway Place! Dim Sum in style!

Hakkasan – Hanaway Place!

When you move to London you always hear about the top restaurants and the best places to eat and Hakkasan is one of THE most talked about restaurants in central London.

Hakkasan is famed for it’s amazing Dim Sum but also for being one of the best places to eat, meaning it attracts many a famous face!

We booked our trip to Hakkasan through Book A Table who were offering us 3 courses for £35 per person. As we have always wanted to visit we decided to bite the bullet and take a trip. The offer was only at Hanaway Place and not the celeb filed Mayfair restaurant, but we didn’t care as it’s about the food at the end of the day!

On arrival we were greeted by a lovely lady who showed us to our seat. We were given the standard menu and it turned out the 3 courses for £35 is in their regular menu and is their Dim Sum sharing platter.

We weren’t disappointed however, simply intrigued that it was made out to be a special deal when really it wasn’t. It is clever advertising though as we would never have gone simply assuming prices would be well out of budget – so it actually was a good thing!

The menu is available online under the ‘Taste of Hakkasan’ section of their website, so you know what to expect before you arrive.

Our starter was a dim sum platter which was very heavily made of seafood – we had scallops and caviar amongst other dim sum items. They were little bites of heaven!

Hakkasan starter
Dim sum starter! Yum!

We ordered some cocktails whilst we waited for the main menu – and believe me they are worth the £10-£15 price tag – made beautifully with a creative flair to give you that excitement worth the money!

The main course was a sharing platter consisting of Black pepper rib eye beef with merlot, Spicy prawn with lily bulb and almond, Grilled Chilean sea bass with honey, Pipa duck, Cloud ear vegetables and Steamed jasmine rice. Served in small bowls on a sharing hot plate – the dim sum style continued and it was really fun trying all of the food and learning to use chopsticks!

Hakksan Main
Hakkasan Sharing Platter

I really recommend the Pipa Duck and my partner recommends the Black Pepper Beef with merlot!

The food really is amazing and well worth the £35 per head price tag especially when it came to dessert – we got to chose any dessert from their menu (prices starting from about £10) at no extra cost! I chose a caramelised apple tartan and my partner tried the lemon panacotta – both were gorgeous but the tartan was the overall favourite with my partner stealing some from me!

Hakkasan Dessert
Panacotta!
Hakkasan Dessert 2
The winning dessert!

If you are on a budget like us the ‘Taste of Hakkasan’ menu was brilliant! We spent about £60 a head including the food, cocktails, sparking water, nibbles (we ordered some prawn crackers etc) and service charge.

Overall I would 100% recommend visiting Hakkasan due to the top quality of the food but the decor and ambiance make it a winner too!

Roux at the Landau, Oxford Circus, London

Roux at the Landau, Oxford Circus

Recently my family came to visit me in London and I wanted to take them somewhere special to eat. We love Masterchef as a family and really like Michel Roux, so I was thrilled when I found an offer for ‘Roux at the Landau’ offering a three course meal with champagne for only £30 per person. (Price may have increased since however!)

Location

Roux at the Landau is the michelin star chef Michel Roux’s restaurant situated in the Landau Hotel, Portland Place, directly behind London’s Oxford Circus.

Roux Located just behind Oxford Circus
Located just behind Oxford Circus

Toptable Deal

Toptable were offering three courses plus champagne, coffee and petits fours for only £30 per person as part of their pre theatre offer. This worked out great for us as I booked tickets to Phantom of the Opera in the West End situated a 10 minute walk from the Landau.

Arrival

On arrival we were offered a drink at the bar and our coats were taken from us. We were then seated when our table was ready.

The actual restaurant is quite small, but very beautiful and there is plenty of space between tables making the atmosphere very romantic and personal. The decor is modern with a traditional twist, giving the place an exceptionally elegant feel.

The head waiter brought us the set Top Table menu and our champagne, bread for the table and water.

Champers at Roux!
Champers!!

Dinner

The menu, also a special set one, offers a good choice of starters, mains and desserts for even the fussiest eater. We all tried different things so we could sample all the options! I ordered the soup for starter and duck for mains, both were exquisite!

After dessert we were brought coffee and petit fours which were delicious, however time was running late considering we were heading to the theatre. The waiters brought everything quickly however and clearly were happy to accommodate people leaving for the theatre (especially as it was a pre theatre seating), we were just too busy chatting and enjoying the food and lost track of time!

  
Roux Dinner! Yum!
Dinner! Yum!

Fantastic night

All in all the evening was a great success, value for money was tremendous, location and atmosphere perfect and the food was heavenly!

We would 100% recommend Roux at the Landau as the perfect place for a special occasion, date or event! And if you get a Top Table offer, even better!

The Parlour Bar, Canary Wharf, London

The Parlour Bar, Canary Wharf, London

So last Friday night we visited The Parlour Bar located in bustling Canary Wharf, London. Friday night is the most popular night in Canary Wharf, as all the resident workers leave work for the weekend and visit the bars and restaurants that help Canary Wharf thrive.

The Parlour Bar is part of the Drake and Morgan franchise, and offers all day eating and drinking in a unique and stylish environment channeling a secret garden theme.

Location

Visiting on a Friday night is an experience, you get the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf so you do have to queue for the bar or a table. Parlour Bar is located just a few minutes from Canary Wharf station, located on the Jubilee Line or the DLR.

The Parlour Bar, near Canary Wharf
The Parlour Bar, near Canary Wharf

Drinks

The drinks menu is extensive and offers a great mix of drinks ranging from wines, beers, cocktails and bubbly!

The cocktail menu excels itself, ranging from single classic drinks, to sharing cocktails, all the way to a cocktail served in a makeshift goldfish bowl! (Yes this is the one named goldfish in a bag!)

We sampled the sharing cocktail served in the bath tub ‘rub a dub shrub’ which tasted great and the serving was a great novelty finish, plus price wise split between four of us was really good value!

Parlour Bar Bath Tub Drinks!

Eating

Parlour also offers meals – breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner to be precise. We would highly recommend booking a table in advance as it does get pretty busy! The food itself is really good and we can’t fault the service at all. The dinner menu has plenty of choice and the atmosphere is great if you are looking for a lively night out!

The Parlour Bar, Canary Wharf is a great choice for a busy and lively night out and for after work drinks. The atmosphere is electric and the drinks are unique and quirky.