Hakkasan, Krystal Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) +91 (0)22 2644 4444/4445
Monday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m and 7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
A few weeks ago, London origin and Michelin starred Hakkasan opened in hipster heavy Bandra, generating much excitement. That it’s one floor above an ICICI bank outlet, has no valet and a stringent ‘no chappals’ policy for men hasn’t deterred the chatterati. Nor has the expensive menu.
Despite the griping, people are going back for more. Refreshingly, Hakkasan Mumbai does not disappoint. It is indeed a restaurant that “slaps you in the face,” as London’s famous restaurant critic A.A. Gill put it. Chic as well as pretty, the space cocoons you and lives up to the hype generated since the original opened ten years ago in London. (Outposts also exist in Miami and Abu Dhabi).
The food, prepared by an army of nine expat Chinese chefs, including a master dim sum chef, is arguably the best Chinese on offer in the city. The menu is extensive, and don’t listen to folks who say the veg options are limited--they are not. The dim sum, dumplings and soup are on the money. The spicy prawn with almonds, stir fried lotus root and tofu and aubergine clay pot exploded in flavour.
For those who dare, order the champagne cod or the peking duck with caviar, two house specialities. The spicy mushrooms were especially created for the Mumbai restaurant by chef Lee. The deserts aren’t bad either.
There are two distinct seating areas, the more casual Ling Ling lounge, replete with banquettes and a long bar, and a main dining area with towering ceilings, yet cozy enough because multiple caged panels divide up the space, a signature Hakkasan touch.
The bar boasts one of best selection of single malt whiskies in Mumbai. A private dining room seats 12. Paris based design firm, Gilles & Boissier, used lattice and Chinese embroidery patterns to evoke old world China and yet managed to capture a contemporary vibe, through clever strategic lighting.
As with all good things, an outing to Hakkasan will set you back a pretty paise. Average price per person for dinner, with a glass of wine thrown in, is about Rs 8,500 to Rs 10,000.