There’s not a whole lot I can write about my recent visit to HKK for a taste of its five course duck lunch menu without my review coming across as one big gloat about how much I enjoyed it.
Besides, so much of what I loved about the experience was getting to sit back and allow Chef Tong Chee Hwee, sommelier Miguel Hernandez and all the cordial HKK staff encountered to provide their deliberate best to ensure I had an exquisite meal. The months old HKK is a brilliant extension of the Hakkasan brand and welcome addition to another rather desolate stretch of ambiguous hinterland straddling the professional City and hipster Shoreditch.
So, all I’m going to do is list the menu and suggest that, if £42 per head (plus whatever you spend on drinks) and a bit of planning (it takes two days to prep the duck) for an upscale lunch sounds like a delectable idea, then make your reservations now for one of the best meals you’re apt to have in a London restaurant this year.
Duck Lunch Menu, 24 July 2013
Lotus and Mango Duck Wrap;
Cherry Wood Roasted Peking Duck;
Truffle Duck Broth;
Jasmine Rice with Roasted Duck Claypot and Wagyu Beef;
Salted Cashew Nut and Milk Chocolate Parfait.
2011 Albarino “Marinero”, Terras Gauda, Rias Baixas, Spain;
2011 Pinot Noir, Stepp & Gaul, Pfalz, Germany.
Oh yeah, and the cherry wood roasted Peking duck … my god! It was possibly the most succulent piece of meat I’ve had in my life. Wow. And that German Pinot Noir? One of the most intriguing wines I’ve sipping in ages!
HKK is located at 88 Worship Street, EC2A 2DQ. Find out more at hkklondon.com.