Restaurants, Chinese Shoreditch

Please note, HKK is now closed. Time Out Food editors, October 2017.

Beyond the opulent five-star hotels of Hong Kong, ‘Cantonese fine dining’ can seem an oxymoron. Cantonese restaurants in London are better known for garish decor, abrupt service and slapped-together dishes shared by noisy families.

HKK reinvents the entire experience. The Hakkasan Group describes its latest venture as ‘bespoke Cantonese fine dining’. While it’s unclear what the tailor-made aspect is – our prix fixe menus (and their prices) were only presented to us at the end of the meal, and there was no à la carte option – the latter half of the promise is no exaggeration. HKK serves up beautifully presented, exquisitely prepared dishes crafted from high-quality ingredients.

The eight-course lunch menu offered at lunch (£48) will persuade even the most sceptical (including Prince Philip who famously said, ‘If it has four legs and is not a chair, if it has two wings and flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it’) that Cantonese food can be sophisticated. The tone is sealed the moment you bite into the first starter, a delicate mouthful of fried silken tofu, pickled water chestnut, and shimeji mushroom tied with a translucent strip of Iberico ham. The next course, a trilogy of dim sum, was among the best of we’ve had. As was the peking duck, ceremoniously carved in front of diners. The perfectly crisped skin is served with both hoisin sauce and a pinch of sugar, just like in Beijing’s top roast-duck restaurants.

Each subsequent dish was equally flawless, but few elicited the ‘wow’ we hoped for. Despite the innovative use of ingredients, the flavours were resolutely familiar – but that’s hardly a fault if you’re seeking authenticity.

HKK is testament to the potential of Cantonese cooking, the finest of China’s regional cuisines (when executed properly). Just don’t go with an empty stomach or wallet. The portions are tiny; the bill

is not.


Venue name: HKK - CLOSED
Address: 88 Worship Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-9.45pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Old Street tube
Price: Main courses £16-£38. Set lunch £28-£95. Set dinner £48-£95
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Hkk simply awesome, every plate perfectly presented. from the truffle dumpling, spiny lobster and pumpkin soup to the roasted cherry Wood Peking duck with its unique flavouring and 1st class crunchiness left you wanting more. We started our evening with cocktails at the bar before entering the understated dining space. We opted to go for the £88 tasting menu with paired wines for £48. Our amuse bouche was a rather elegant crab jelly. Course 1, a pan grilled dumpling with black truffle vinegar paired with sake , we quickly progressed to the fantastic 2014 Neil Ellis Chardonnay from South Africa a perfect a compliment to our spiny lobster and pumpkin soup. Course 3 saw us experience Dim sum heaven in the form of the trilogy, Monkfish, lobster and caviar, Label Rouge chicken and foie gras accompanied by a gin cocktail. Course 4, the roasted cherrywood duck perfectly paired with a Pinot Noir. Course 5, Char grilled Black Cod in royal shacha sauce accompanied by a 2014 Soave-Pieropan La Rocca with its fresh nose, with citrus aromas, peach, and hints of exotic fruits. after sampling 5 amazing plates of moorishness, Course 6 was extremely disappointing "the slow cooked veal with brown jasmine rice was lacking in flavour and cooked to death. The accompanying American Pinot noir failed to rescue it. The dessert courses were heaven on a plate, Lemon peel brûlée with smoked apricot followed by chocolate strawberry and soya mousse. Paired with a rather nice Moscato. The also have a vegetarian tasting option, which equally looked and tasted great. Dinner for 4, including cocktails, 2 wine pairings, water and service £545,94. If you looking for London's finest duck, I would head to HKK"Duck will never be the same again"

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I went here for birthday meal (a treat from the fiancée) last year September, On the night I got a migraine- anyone that suffers from these would know it is no joke, so much pain. I tried to not let it get in the way of the experience and enjoyment of the delirious food. 

A little while into the evening I stepped outside for some fresh air, the matradee spotted me and asked if I was okay, I explained that I had a very bad migraine. When back at my seat, a few moments later the matradee came over and asked if me and my fiancée would like to go into the private dinning room so that there is less noise and light. We were brought to the private room with space for about 10/15 people to sit around the table. We were both so grateful of this kindness. It was very kind of them to allow us into this area, which also gave us a view into the kitchen. 

The food was delirious, the best aromatic duck I have ever had! 

A couple of months later we decided to go again, this time I had no migraine. Again the service was brilliant and the food delirious. The night can be quite expensive but is completely worth every penny.