On the eve of the wedding we were whisked off to some fine dining at Hakkasan, an upscale modern Chinese restaurant in the west end of London. It was an experience unlike any other. From the decor, the food, and the service, everything was extremely top-notch. It is a Micheline star restaurant after all. The moment you walk in you are greeted with a posh and classy atmosphere, comprised of wooden screens and dark oak with black and gold panels.
Being Chinese, I’ve consumed more Chinese food to hold me over in my next life. But this food wasn't your typical sweet and sour pork; it was Chinese food creatively elevated with a modern twist. We shared a variety of dishes including a crispy duck salad with grapefruit and shallots, fried pumpkin tofu, grilled Chilean seabass in honey, stir-fry lotus root with asparagus and lily bulb, spicy prawns, lamb chops, seared scallops, and more delectable dishes that I can’t even remember. Everything was cooked perfectly and was so flavourful and tasty.
By the end of the night, I was so insanely stuffed but I couldn't stop eating because everything was just so damn good. It probably didn't help that I pretty much ate the entire duck salad because I thought it was mine (don't judge). When the desserts arrived my stomach seemed to magically expand because it knew it had to make room. Especially when it consisted of chocolate mousse with fruit, a chocolate drizzled rice krispie ball and macarons.
If you live in London or are planning a trip there, I highly recommend checking out Hakkasan if you can afford it. It's not cheap but well worth it. It was by far one of the best meals (and food comas) I've ever had. I can't thank my friend's brother enough for organizing this and treating us all to an unforgettable experience.