Sunday Brunch at Hakkasan

I’m a big fan of dim sum Sundays.

When I first moved to London I shared a little house in Fulham with a group of girls. They were friends of friends but I needed a home as quickly as possible.

I texted them on Friday and after a whistle stop tour of Ikea, I moved in on Saturday morning.

By Sunday we were rooting through each other’s wardrobes, make up bags and flicking through photos of potential love interests. The girls quickly became my London family.

I’m grateful to them for being so welcoming, but mostly I’m grateful to them for introducing me to dim sum!

Milly, who you’ve met before, took me along to her Sunday dim sum sessions and paved the way for what would soon become my weekend obsession.

Hakkasan is the Nobu of the dumpling world. It’s fabulous. It’s fancy-pants. It’s expensive.

But, if you go for brunch you can have a gargantuan amount of food swim in champagne pretty reasonably.

So that’s just what we did.

Milly was nursing a hangover in bed, so I went with this dim sum loving little beaver instead.

The Sunday menu kicks off with cocktails.

Fleur de Coco: coconut water, raspberry, Belvedere vodka, Akashi-Tai sake… in a big, slippery glass.

Thankfully Kim managed hers with a little more grace…

Kowloon Cooler: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, lychee, apple and cranberry juice, lemonade.

The first dish (one of my favourites) on the fairly vast set menu is crispy duck salad with pomelo, pine nut and shallots.

It arrives with a flurry of pink Perrier-Jouët bubbles.

Next up you’re presented with a furiously steaming basket of dumplings.

XO scallop dumpling with Thai asparagus and lingzhi mushroom, har gau, pork and prawn shumai & Chinese chive dumplings with prawn and crabmeat

Followed by some more bubbles and a little break.

A good opportunity for those who are hungrier for fashion than they are dumplings, to check out my new necklace!

I was absolutely inspired by the creations from Dylanlex that are taking the jewellery world by storm. They are incredible!

Buuut… I can’t quite justify spending £1000 on a necklace right now, so I’m rather chuffed with my £25 version.

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Oh look, more food’s arrived!

Shanghai dumplings, baked venison puffs (omfg these are the best things you will ever taste), crispy smoked duck and pumpkin puffs (shaped like little pumpkins), and fried golden lobster roll (Kimberley’s favourite).

Followed by salt and pepper squid which is a little greasy for my taste, but the next dish more than made up for it.

Grilled Chilean sea bass with Chinese honey and sticky rice.

Almost full to bursting by this point, pudding seems impossible.

Thankfully there are a couple more cocktails to help you on your way!

Basilcello: cucumber, basil, Berkeley Square gin, lemon, elderflower, ginger, lychee.

Bamboo Rock : Auchentoshan 3 wood whisky, Frangelico, Amontillado, brown sugar, cherry, Jerry Thomas bitters.

With macarons.

And the most intensely wonderful lemon pudding I have ever tried.

A sort of lemon curd, topped with cream, meringue, ice cream and crunchy bits.

It goes down pretty well!

The Sunday menu is £58 per person, which I think is pretty reasonable for cocktails, champagne and 6 courses. It’s worth booking, which you can do online.

By the time we left “brunch” the sun had set and London was bathed in the most beautiful blue & pink glow.

We wrapped up in coats and drove home with the top down, so we could marvel at it properly.

Thank goodness K isn’t much of a drinker, she’s the most glamorous designated driver I know!

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday!

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  • $38551127

    Food looks gorgeous!

    Hope Kimberley only had the one, since shes driving!

  • I go to the Hakkasan in Hanway Place, and I agree that the seafood dim sum dumplings are absolutely insane. I’ve also been behind the bar there, so I can attest to the sheer skill of the guys mixing up the cocktails. That sounds really great for ‘brunch’, so I’ll have to head over there sometime soon!

  • disqus_nhTMYjjo6i

    I can rarely be bothered to comment on blogs but I am really concerned that you drank at least four cocktails and a bottle of fizz between you and then drove home. Sorry to be a bore but this is really irresponsible with potentially life threatening consequences.

    • Danny

      Kimberly’s was non-alchoholic. Says the ingredients in the post.

      • KK

        And yet there are clearly TWO glasses of champagne in one of the photos. So unless Rose was double-fisting the drinks it’s clear that Kim had one.

        • Maike

          Hey guys 🙂
          Actually in most european countries it is allowed to have a certain blood alcohol level and still drive. I can only speak of the german law since thats where I’m from but being 22 I’m allowed a 0.5 Promille which is about two beers or YES a glass of champagne 😉 so I’m guessing its similar in England 🙂 just thought I throw this in there before you all get mad at poor kimberly 🙂

        • Kate

          one glass of champagne is allowed. stop looking for something to have a go at! -_-

        • skybluesounds

          ooooo, one glass of champagne. you know there is a min BAC you have to be to get a dui right??

        • She probably would have been alright after one glass of that champagne, all that food and then the virgin cocktail and glass of water

        • Ruth

          1 cocktail and 1 glass of champagne probably would put Kim over the limit. She’s not exactly huge.

          • N E

            Agree. Totally irresponsible.

        • SilentSwans

          They went for brunch. When they left, it was dark. Even if Kim had a glass of champagne or two, there were not only hours between arriving and leaving, but food as well.

          And even though Kim is petite, she wouldn’t get incapacitated off two glasses of champagne, which has 12% ABV.

          She wasn’t drunk. She wasn’t being careless. She wasn’t being irresponsible. She had 1-2 drinks between brunch and sunset, with six courses of food in between. You are clutching at straws here.

          • Miranda

            Hakkasan have 2 hour table turn arounds. They’d have been in there no more than that. Look I’m not saying she was over the limit, I’m just saying it was a risk.

          • Sophie-Jane

            Yes come on guys, so they had a few drinks with lunch and drove home. It’s not like anything bad happened!!!!

        • Kate Hargett

          Also, your liver can process 1 drink per hour. So if they were there for 2 hours, she could have 2 drinks and be fine. Unless Kim chugged the drinks directly before driving, she would have been fine to drive. We don’t need to jump down her throat when they were responsible to have a DD and determine when she would be okay to drive.

  • By Anais

    OMG your look simple and chic absolutely divine

    Anaïs from:
    http://byanais.blogspot.com

  • Charlotte

    This looks so delicious!! On the to-do list. I saw you visited Place des Vosges, it’s one of my favourite places in Paris: http://www.worthwakingupfor.co.uk/2013/12/place-des-vosges.html

  • Would LOVE you to do some homemade non alcoholic cocktail recipes 🙂
    + the sky looks sooo beautiful! Makes London look even better!

    molliebylett.blogspot.co.uk

  • Nichola Allan

    I’ve been forever put off dim sum by Ping Pong 🙁 sad times.

    nicholawithanh.blogspot.co.uk

  • Queenie Lee

    The food looks incredible! And you both look gorgeous, as always 🙂

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.wordpress.com/

  • Shannon Moir

    I had dinner here when I was in London a couple months ago and pretty much ordered the same things! We ordered everything to share, but I pretty much ate the sea bass by myself! The picture made my mouth water. The cocktail that consists of Strawberry and Basel is also lovely! Brings back memories, thanks for the post!

  • Oh wow, what a brunch! Sounds (and looks) delicious!! You and Kim look stunning as always.

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

  • This post has made me crave all of this food!

    Tiny Alis.

  • pantoffel

    Mmm Brunch. I read this while eating hazelnut banana pancakes, thus averting the crisis of food envy. Also, loving your friend’s rings! Gorgeous 🙂

  • disqus_1Sbk30e2CM

    Love your necklace Rosie, beautiful as always.
    Kimberly is such a pretty girl but her quasi-posing in every photo cringes me out.

  • Looks like a great way to spend a Sunday! The evening photos around London make me want to go visit your fair city even more now!

    -Anne Marie @ http://vinovogueandpearls.blogspot.com

  • Such a great way to spend a Sunday & for the amount/quality of food, cocktails & champers it sounds good VFM. Love your new necklace BTW!

    Happy Thursday Rosie xoxo

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • daisy walters

    You always look so glamourous! x

    http://www.daisydaisyxxo.blogspot.com

  • Mmm looks yummy! Love the pictures of the London sky! Beautiful!I want a cocktail now…

    Katie <3

  • Aaand it’s pinned again to my London must-eats! Love your food related posts.. Which is like, almost everything ;D

    adutchaffair.blogspot.com (need to pick up my blogging though..)

  • Oh I love this!!!!! Love the pictures of London, and I have no idea how you guys manage to look so gorgeous in winter time!
    Can’t wait to go to London sometime and explore all the places you entice people with!
    Enjoy Paris (my other boyfriend)! We just got back from two weeks in Italy and trying to go through all the vast amount of pictures we took is very time consuming! Props to you for all the effort you put in for us nosy folks!
    http://www.lifeofjewelsblog.com

  • I have to admit it. I think I have a bit of a girl crush on Kimberley. haha

    Love from Marbella, x

    http://busyburt.blogspot.com/

  • Rozz watkins

    gaaaah your making me drool!

    http://the-young-rose.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

  • That looks delicious and looks like excellent value! Must go! Kram
    http://be-sofit.blogspot.co.uk

  • Marina

    Every time you list an item on your blog it gets sold out immediately! make it stop!! haha.

  • Madeline

    Hakkasan recently opened a location in NYC that I love! Those dumplings are too die for. And Rosie your hair looks amazing!!

  • saradujour

    You take the most beautiful food action shots. Lovely post as always!

    Sara
    http://www.saradujour.me

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    Really enjoyed this post, such a shame some people are being so silly about the drinks when kim’s was clearly alcho free!


    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/latest-in-beauty-whatsinyourstocking.html

  • you ladies look beautiful and that food looks so delicious! I’ve never had dim sum…I know that’s just sad but I will be fixing this soon because after seeing these photos I can’t resist anymore.
    xo

  • Hard not to love your blog, all your photos are GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

  • If you ever go to Hong Kong and/or the Guangzhou region of China (Shenzhen, etc.) – you’ll have to indulge in dimsum every day. It’s where the cuisine came from, and it. is. UNREAL! 🙂
    Perpetually Caroline

  • Kiaora

    Loving the jewellery on the both of you but Kimberley’s necklace is quite exquisite. Any clues on where it’s from? x

  • Karen F

    This is my kind of Sunday! Great pics! I love London,can,t wait to visit again.

  • Anna M

    Oh my did you just give a restaurant a 5 star rating?! It must be fabulous!

  • Well if I wasn’t hungry before I am now! I should always remember to eat before reading a Londoner post-and this place is for sure being added to my ever growing lists of places to visit (eat at) in London!

    xx yourskenna.blogspot.com

  • Sepideh

    Wow. Not quite the Dim Sum I’ve been to…this looks incredible!

    http://www.seppysmontreal.com

  • All the food looks delicious! What a perfect way to spend a Sunday!

    Kristen
    http://currentlyonline.blogspot.com

  • Honey What’s Cooking

    I’ve been to Hakkasan in Miami. I liked the dumplings, but I was so unimpressed with their dinner. Everything was bland. Hopefully the food varies by location.

  • mooreahall

    I love your night photography!

    http://almostitalian.blogspot.it/

  • sophie brewster

    Gosh it all looks so delicious! I have fond memories of the Fulham (and Feltham) area of London, my sister used to live there and it was really the only area of London I’ve visited. 🙂

  • anonymous

    Kim’s eyelash seemed to drop while licking the spoon:)) lol…

  • Anna Cee

    Love Kimberlys necklace!!!! Where is it from?
    Hakkasan Hanway is one of my faves as well..:) xx

  • Katie Albury

    Wow this brunch looks amazing…love the photographs!

    Katie x

    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

  • Anni

    I love the Hakkasan. Especially the selection of menus. Did you also try the other Hakkasan yet?

    http://www.circusoflondon.com

    Yours
    ANNI

  • What a beautiful blog, and post! So glad I’ve discovered you here. I’ve booked Hakkasan for my birthday dinner soon, so really looking forward to it after seeing your photos!

  • Yi Cheng

    was looking for dim sum on google and found you. so hi!