Monday, 20 July 2015

Review - Hakkasan

I decided to live by my principles and replace my bitchin' with action. Hooray! This means that I had a weekend which almost passed for eventful! So, after months of examining the frankly dull question of 'shit what am I doing with my life / twenties are any of these decisions the right decision?', I have concluded no. So it's worth gambling on something else. Will I think it was the right call in six months? Probably, on balance. ('Eventually') It might be a trite, cliched way of phrasing it but I feel lighter now that I've thrown the weight of two unmade decisions. I will strive to hold onto the lightness through the fear of the months to come. Oh! And I don't need to feel guilty about how samey and pedestrian my leisure activities are because I've embarked upon a path of great change (I hope). Which is great since I went to Hakkasan on Sunday and day-drank over a gluttonous, expensive meal! And what? (Balls, I didn't take a picture which really would have cemented the 'and what' there.) 

Let's start at the start, with duck salad. It was plummy and stringy and tossed with fresh leaves. It didn't look particularly impressive but tasted rich. Then came the dim sum, first steamed then fried. Did you know that it's an insult to the chef to not eat dim sum in one bite? Well, I ate them all in several bites because I wanted the flavour to taste. They all had that subtle, almost watery, umami undercurrent. Fried dim sum was less my cup of tea but still artfully done. My favourite was the venison puff which I think lent itself to the crispy crunchy pastry better than seafood. Then came the starter, the only disappointment of the meal. It was calamari and, while fine, there was nothing that made it pop. But the sea bass which followed for a main was an amazing lurid yellow that tasted as good as it looked. The rice that came with it was perfectly sticky and the pak choi light and salty at the same time. By this point, I'd eaten enough to sustain myself for the week. But the macaroons! They were so delicately put together and obviously I had to try them all. As I'm writing this a week after eating and haven't had breakfast, I wish I had those macaroons for my tea.

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