Following in the fabulous footsteps of its famous dining- sibling near Tottenham Court Road, which opened a decade ago in 2001, the more obvious of the two restaurants in London has finally thrown open the doors in posh Mayfair. Rather than a secreted away location down an alleyway, however, the new Hakkasan is found opposite a slew of not-so-subtle designer shops at 17 Bruton Street with large, fishtank-like windows overlooking the street; those who want to replicate the dark, decadent feel of the first restaurant can, of course, in a sexy basement setting downstairs. It is here the same clubby vibe as the original abounds, while waitresses strut about in the same Diane Von Furstenberg dresses as ogled at the first restaurant; the menu is similar, too - if not with a few welcome addictions and sorely missed subtractions - with high-end Cantonese cuisine washed down with impossibly chic cocktails. And as you'd expect for this part of the capital, the clientele is razor-thin and designer-clad, making for a very sophisticated dining experience indeed.
Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
GBP 60 - 100
17 Bruton Street
+44 20 7907 1888
Open; 12-3.15pm, 6-11.15pm in the week; 12.15am weekends.