Visit London Blog » hakkasan Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:26:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Restaurant News: The Electric Diner, Bo London and HKK Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:13:24 +0000

In the run-up to the festive season there has been a flurry of new restaurant openings in London.

The Electric Diner

The Electric Diner and Electric Donuts have just opened at the Electric Cinema in Portobello Road. The new venues are a collaboration between Soho House owner Nick Jones and renowned chef Brendan Sodikoff of Au Cheval in Chicago. The Electric Diner’s French-American menu features dishes inspired by Au Cheval such as an award-winning cheeseburger, fried bologna sandwich and a range of egg dishes. Electric Donuts serves fresh donuts and coffee throughout the day.

Bo London

Look out Heston Blumenthal, there’s a new experimental chef in town! Chef-patron Alvin Leung of two-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong opens his first London restaurant this week in Mayfair. Bo London introduces Leung’s “extreme Chinese cuisine” to the capital, breaking down perceptions of traditional Chinese food with concoctions such as Sex on the Beach, which features an edible condom. All proceeds from the dish go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.


Following the launch of Chrysan in Broadgate West earlier this year, the Hakkasan Group has opened another restaurant nearby. HKK offers a 15-course Chinese and Cantonese tasting menu, as well as an eight-course lunch menu and a vegetarian menu. The kitchen is headed up by Michelin-starred chef Tong Chee Hwee, who has worked at Hakkasan for 11 years. Make sure you dress smartly as the staff certainly will: their uniforms are designed by up-and-coming fashion designer Tim Soar.

More New Restaurants and Foodie Events

Wabi – New Japanese restaurant in Kingsway from former Nobu head chef Scott Hallsworth

Flat Iron – The pop-up steakhouse has found a permanent home in Soho serving reasonably priced steaks and cocktails

Del Mercato – New Italian restaurant, bakery and bar near Borough Market and Vinopolis

Primo – New Italian restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue displaying art by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood

Feast – Foodie event in a former Royal Mail sorting office, featuring Mark Hix, Moro, Mishkin’s, York & Albany, Ceviche and more. 6-9 Dec

Look out for more restaurant news soon.

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London Restaurant News: Old Bengal Warehouse, Chrysan and South Place Hotel Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:55:03 +0000

This autumn has already seen a host of exciting new restaurant openings in London.

New D&D Restaurants at The Old Bengal Warehouse

D&D London has launched four new eating and drinking venues at The Old Bengal Warehouse: Fish Market, serving fish and shellfish sourced from the British Isles; New Street Grill, a modern British meat restaurant and grill; The Old Bengal Bar, where you can enjoy classic cocktails; and New Street Wine Shop, which stocks quality, rare and fine wines and serves a menu of light bites.

The Old Bengal Warehouse was built between 1768 and 1771 to store spices, tea, cigars and port. The building featured in a poem by John Masefield, who described it as holding “the wealth of the world and London’s power”.

Chrysan from the Hakkasan Group

The Hakkasan Group has teamed up with top Japanese chef Yoshihiro Murata to launch Chrysan, a pioneering Japanese restaurant near Liverpool Street, which sources local ingredients rather than importing from Japan.

The menu balances tradition and innovation, featuring à la carte dishes as well as a signature kaiseki (similar to haute cuisine) menu for dinner and bento set lunches. There’s also a cocktail bar, NeNe, which offers a unique cocktail list and a menu of lighter dishes.

Restaurants and Bars at South Place Hotel

Angler restaurant has just opened at the new South Place Hotel in the City. Located on the seventh floor with views over the London skyline, Angler serves British seafood and shellfish complemented by a 250-strong wine list.

The hotel also has an informal, all-day restaurant, 3 South Place, as well as a stunning rooftop bar and a “secret” garden bar with plants and a water feature.

More New Restaurants and Bars

Other new openings this month include trendy bar, pizzeria and live music venue B-Soho; Michael Nadra’s second London restaurant in Primrose Hill; Korean restaurant Bibigo Bar and Dining in Soho; Love & Liquor bar on Kilburn High Road; and Death by Burrito, a Mexican grill and cocktail bar at the renowned Catch bar in Shoreditch.

London’s restaurant scene never stays still and there are lots more new openings on the horizon. Look out for more news soon!

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Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite Chinese Restaurant in London? Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:28:41 +0000

Happy Chinese New Year!

In honour of the Year of the Tiger, this week we’re asking you for your favourite Chinese Restaurant in London.

Whether you love going to one of Alan Yau’s places for a treat (Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Cha Cha Moon), or have a favourite local budget option, or always frequent the same special place in Chinatown, this is the time of year to celebrate your love of Chinese food.

Let us know where you think the dim sum dazzles, the noodle soup has you salivating and where you can get a mean chow mein.

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