Saturday, 22 February 2014

MILF 2 (My Incredible London Food List): Hakkasan (Review)

Hello! I'm on a roll! (: 

Recently I got an mailer from bookatable regarding a special promotion at Hakkasan, this michelin starred Chinese restaurant just off Tottenham Court Road and after much debate we decided to head there for dinner, hoping it would worth the moolahs haha. We didn't get the 3 course promotional set however (£35 - too expensive!!) and settled for the £28 "taste of hakkasan" two course meal instead. 

8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD

Dim-sum starters
My favourite part of the meal for sure! I loved loved loved the crispy pork (char siew) bun! Didn't eat the siewmai and the har gao cause I don't like prawns (: I would come back to Hakkasan for the dimsum for sure, they have SALTED EGG YOLK CUSTARD BUNS!!!! (massive craving)

Our main course was served on a flat rectangular plate and consisted of 4 different mini-dishes - roast duck, prawns in curry, grilled sea base and black pepper beef? It was delightful to say the least but I can't help but feeling it wasn't totally worth my money. Don't get me wrong, all the flavours were delicate and pretty much perfect, but I couldn't stop thinking about how I could have eaten up a storm at Four Seasons with my £28 - I think I also much prefer the oilier version of roast duck served in Four Seasons :P. I guess since I grew up eating Chinese food, it's hard to please/wow me even at apparently Michelin-star standards, especially since the food was pretty much classically cooked. I did overhear some British people from the neighbouring table exclaiming in delight however!

I'm not sure if I'll come back - if I did, it'll definitely be for the dimsum, which was very exquisite in my opinion! I remember concluding on that day that I will never pay exorbitant prices for Chinese food ever again - nothing beats (cheap-er) Chinese food from home yumtum.

Monday, 17 February 2014

MILF 1 (My Incredible London Food List): Tsunami (Review)

This blog is collecting dust haha. Not much to talk about these days, except for the fact that I've been eating out a lot!! And also bringing my camera along to these random food places cause I have decided to blog a series of my favourite food places in London (: So, here's the first: Tsunami at Charlotte Street! This is the second time I've been there, and I can safely say I love it!! I only ever go on Monday and Tuesday evenings though, cause that's when Tsunami does a dinner promotion - 40% off everything!! How amazing is that, I have literally ate like a pig both times I went, and paid like just over £10 :D You must remember to make a reservation though, the restaurant is almost always full on Monday and Tuesday nights, unsurprisingly.

93 Charlotte St, London W1T 4PY

Tsunami is this small Japanese restaurant just 5 minutes walk away from my house, and it serves pretty amazing fusion-ish Japanese food! The decor of the place is rather queer haha as the restaurant is lit up by rows of LEDs that change colour lol! Not what I would expect from a Japanese restaurant, but, it's kinda cute I guess haha. Soo here's what we ordered this time:

Pork Ribs in Chocolate and Chilli Sauce
MEGA LIKE YUMS. The sauce might sound weird, but it's the match made in heaven. Plus, the pork ribs are sooo tenderly cooked they easily slide off the bone and coats itself in that orgasmic sauce.

A Variety of Sushi/Sashimi
Having been there twice, I think their sushi is definitely worth a buy! They have all sorts of weird sushi concoctions as well, and if I'm not wrong, they even have a roast duck sushi! The sashimi was fresh both times I visited as well, so yums!

Truffle Ribeye Steak
Ermagad this is another fantastic dish!! My friend refused to let the waiter remove the plate even after we were done with the beef cause the sauce is soo fantastic!!

so yep, we nomzed on the sauce and then created a sea urchin *cheap thrills*

Assorted Sushi
The cool looking nigiri above is actually unagi & foie gras! Haha this place definitely has the coolest sushi :> It was good for sure, I love eel!

So after all that !!!-ing over the food, anything bad to say about this place? Hmm, I wish they served dessert, and I'm not a fan of their side carb dishes (e.g. udon, rice) - not only are the portions small, the rice wasn't good (soggy, but that might just have been the day I went?) But Tsunami is definitely a place I'll revisit over and over again.... PORK RIBS!!!

Till the next! xx