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New Year’s Eve 2016 at Hakkasan


Christmas. I’m a big fan. But there’s actually one day that I love more than Christmas Day and that’s New Year’s Eve. I know everyone’s not such a big fan of the night but to me the start of a new year is the signal of a new beginning and hope for the future. There’s one rule about having a good New Year’s Eve and that’s keep it simple or you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. With that in mind, Mr S and I booked a table at one of out favourite restaurants, Hakkasan Hanway Place, somewhere that we know will always have a fantastic vibe and excellent food.

Now I’m not really one to do an outfit of the day but I really wanted to show you my new dress. I’ve been looking for the perfect Self Portrait dress for ages and I finally found one that fits perfectly and is the ideal length for my short stature. I imagine you’ll see this outfit on the blog fairly often now as I’m just a bit in love with this dress!
Hakkasan Hanway has a sexy subterranean spot in Fitzrovia, a blue-hued basement with dark wood lattice screens and black and gold accents. It’s the original restaurant in the Hakkasan group and as usual it was packed to the rafters with people enjoying the Michelin-starred Chinese food of Chef Tong Chee Hwee. Ordering up some of the restaurant’s famous cocktails we took a look at the menus, the full a la carte was available as well as the festive set menus. 
We chose the £98 festive signature menu which kicks off with a trio of dim sum, I’ve said it before but I think Hakkasan and sister restaurant Yauatcha serve the very best dim sum in London and tonight on the table were the champagne har gau, the lobster shu mai with pickled chilli and black truffle and porcini seafood dumpling. 
Though not on the set menu, Mr Silver cannot possibly come to his favourite restaurant and not have his favourite pork ribs. Meat fell off the bone perfectly and he loved the spicy sauce on the meat.

Finishing up our cocktails, we selected a bottle of Ruinart Champagne to go with the rest of our meal.
The light at Hakkasan is a little uneven so apologies that this isn’t a great photo but I still had to tell you about the crispy duck salad pomelo, pine nut and shallot. Though I wanted to save myself for the main course, I just could not stop dipping my chopsticks in this amazing salad. It’s definitely a must order. 
On to the main courses, the roasted cod with Champagne and honey has the silkiest flesh and flavour of the sauce is deliciate but flavoursome. 
Admittedly after so much duck for starter I did struggle to eat more the rich meat but the crispy skin of the black truffle roasted duck was simply perfection. 
While Mr S also loved the stir fry black pepper rib eye beef with merlot which was presented beautifully. 
I’m a big fan of very spicy food so you can imagine these crispy prawns with chillis and cashew nuts were ideal as another seafood option. Along with all of this, seasonal vegetables and Thai jasmine rice was included as part of the set menu so as you can imagine we were feeling very full as it’s all very generous portion sizes.

My intentions just to try a spoonful of the dessert flew out of the window as soon as it arrived. 
Milk chocolate and cashew parfait with lemon, milk chocolate and roasted cashew. 
Chestnut roulade with chocolate pear, rum, raisin ice cream. Honestly the desserts at Hakkasan are every bit as good as the savouries. It really is no wonder that the restaurant has been going strong for 15 years.

After dinner was met up with our friends Tori and Ronnie. 
And my fellow blogging buddies, Emma and Gary. Many, many glasses of bubbly were poured… 
….some twerking was done…

as we watched the fireworks over the London Eye…
And said hello to 2017. I have a feeling it’s going to be a very good year…

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    Angie that dress is amazing!! You’ve also made me want to book into Hakkasan lol craving dim sum now! Hope 2017 will be super special for you xx

    • Thank you so much lovely. I would highly recommend Hakkasan to everyone!

  • Oh wow Angie, this looks like an incredible evening! Happy new year xxx

    Sophie Cliff

  • Gary J Berry

    Angie those firework snaps are amazinnggggg! It was such a great night so thanks from all of us for having us! Gary x

    • Well, I think Mr S takes the credit for the fireworks photos! Thanks for coming 🙂

  • Love your Self Portrait dress and you had a great view of the fireworks. Here’s to the New Year!

  • MissLilly

    Love the dress!!! I’m quite a fan of yawatcha too and have to say that food looks amazing! You had quite a good view over the fireworks. This year I had something unusual and was asleep at midnight (need to sleep when baby sleeps). I’m sure your 2017 will be fab

    • Ha! I’ve spelt through mid night before, though it wasn’t cos of a baby 😉

  • Gorgeous dress! Really suits you, Angie. Love Hakkasan and those fireworks! Awesome! We spent New Year’s Eve at Chef’s Club in New York – it was great but no view of fireworks though!

    • Thanks lovely! That sounds like an amazing way to spend New Year.

  • Haha, it’s so like you to make a ‘low key NYE’ all about good food! And good pick with the Self Portrait dress – their dresses are amazing and you’ll wear them for a lifetime! x

    Seven Things for 2017 – Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • Your dress is just gorgeous! And that view!!!! x

  • That is an absolutely gorgeous dress! So much delicious food, I wouldn’t have been able to stay away from those desserts either! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Happy new year and lovely dress! So much good food and the view of the fireworks are just stunning! My personal favourite for dim sum in London is Royal China at Queensway 🙂

    Lucy
    http://www.lucylovestoeat.com

    • I’ve heard great things about the dim sum there, I need to try it!

  • What a gorgeous way to see in the new year Angie, looks incredible!! Super glam as always 🙂
    Lx
    Elle Bloggs

  • What a lovely way to celebrate! Hakkasan is on my to do list for this year, for sure!

  • Love love love your dress, it is so flattering! Also, your photos of the fireworks look stunning. I adore New Year’s Eve too, it’s so symbolic of new beginnings, hopes and aspirations.

    • Thank you lovely!! Like I said I think I’m going to be wearing all the time!! Yes, I feel like Jan 1st is a fresh and exciting start.

  • I’m a little bit in love with that dress too! Sounds like the perfect way to bring in the NY, Hakkasan is one of my favourites too (although I’m a bit partial to their Mayfair branch!) xx

    • Thanks hon!! Actually we generally prefer Mayfair too but we booked fairly last minute and Hanway place was the only one available.

  • Love Hakkasan and love your self portrait dress – they have such a fabulous collection at the mo! The views are amazing….what a way to see in the new year and here’s to an amazing one! I’m under no doubt that you will have another phenomenal year!

  • Ellie Adams

    Angie, that self portrait dress is absolutely stunning on you! Looks like you had a lovely NYE and you did it perfectly!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

  • LOVE the dress – you look stunning!! I love love love Hakkasan – what a way to ring in the new year! xx

  • What an incredible evening it looks like Angie! Your dress is gorgeous and your photos of the fireworks are amazing xx

    • Thanks Ellie! To be fair Mr S was taking the photos while we were on the bubbly!

      • Haha very honest!! But still – amazing! X

  • It looks like you had a fabulous night and love seeing your photos of the fireworks. I’m one of those people who isn’t a fan of new year so I was watching them from the comfort of my sofa!

    Victoria x

    FlorenceandMary.com

  • Mmm I have to say your descriptions of the dishes and pics definitely make it sound like a far better experience than that which I had. Bloody LOVE the sound of the crispy chili prawns and those desserts look incredible. What a beautiful view you have from your balcony, would love to see the fireworks like that!!! Stunning dress btw my darling. Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

    • We absolutely loved Hakkasan and I find it always delivers. I think your experience must have been a real on off.

  • Hakkasan is so yummy! What a tasty NYE treat. And your dress is so lovely!!

  • You got some amazing fireworks photos! I agree, keeping it simple with friends is the best way to bring in the new year.

  • Carolin

    I love your dress Angie and the nighttime pictures of London are amazing. Here’s to a fabulous 2017, Happy New Year!

    Caz | Style Lingua