This isn't a wholly unqualified review as the noise level is deafening, so much so as to make conversation almost impossible (until it's turned down a bit), and the reservation desk staff are charming but completely clueless, not being able to find a confirmed reservation without much head scratching. Other reviewers have remarked on the "A" list clientele and the elegant yet modern settings both of which are accurate and need little further elaboration from me except to remark how nice it is to see short skirts back again!
Once seated we complained about the sound level which was promptly reduced, rather to my surprise actually. We ordered soup and salads to start, the crispy duck salad being truly remarkable, and then had a variety of mains including a claypot chicken, a perfectly grilled sea bass and a spicy steamed sea bass. Oh, and a tofu and eggplant claypot dish for our vegetarian. All of this sounds pretty typical for Cantonese food doesn't it? It wasn't. The flavors were focused yet balanced and with an intensity that one rarely experiences. Everything was beautifully presented and flawlessly cooked plus our waiters were ready to offer advice, always available yet never intrusive and genuinely cared about us. Even desert met those standards and if you try their coconut pudding you'll find it hard to keep to just one! If you've read my previous reviews you might consider me to be an unforgiving reviewer and perhaps I am although I hope I'm fair.If so, consider this review in that light. Hakkasan is as expensive as it is good - and it is very, very good. Not for everyday but for a splurge, you can't do much better.