Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dinner at Hakkasan in NYC

Dan and I went to Michelin-star restaurant Hakkasan in NYC for Restaurant Week.  It was AMAZING and def worth coming back to during non RW.  I don't think I've ever been to a really expensive Chinese restaurant but I def think this was worth it.  Everything had so much complex flavor and the portions were well-sized.   The drinks were also very unique and tasty.  At one point our drink order was severely delayed, I guess because it was super busy.  The waitress apologized multiple times, which was nice but not so helpful.  Right before our bill came the manager came over and apologized for the delay and said he was going to comp those drinks, which was awesome bc that was approx. $30.  They have a couple of other prix-fixe menu options throughout the year, which could def be worth it, or just come back and order a la carte. 
Chinese Mule - Spring 44 vodka, Hatsumago junmai sake, cilantro, ginger, lime and Fever-Tree ginger beer.  Very refreshing and strong

Blood and Sand - Hakushu 12 yr Japenese whisky, Martini Gran Lusso vermouth, Cherry Herring, Satsuma Godai umeshu, orange juice and orange wood smoke infusion.  Also looked crazy because it was still smoking and smelled so strong.  But it was super cold. which was crazy

Fried soft shell crab with curry leaf and chilli - the crab was so meaty and delicous.  The crunchy thing on top was apparently egg yolk threads.  This was a giant portion for an appetizer. Def the best thing we ate all night. 

har gau shrimp shumai, crab dumpling, prawn andchive dumpling. def quality ingredients.  Not the best dim sum I've eaten but you could tell this was carefully made

Jasmine tea smoked pork ribs - not part of RW but totally worth it.  Fall of the bone and great smoky flavor

Spicy prawn with lily bulb and almond - Dan got this and thought it was great spice-wise.  It was a little spicy for me but the curry flavors were excellent.  I also thought it wouldn't be enough food but the prawn were in fact prawn and giantic

Stir-fry black pepper rib-eye beef with merlot - so delicious.  Tender beef with great flavor.  Only negative was it wasn't super hot when it came out.  I also loved the roasted garlic cloves

Spring onion and egg fried rice-  as the yelp reviews instructed, def choose this over regular white rice.  So much flavor and also a large portion

(L) some drink with Cachaça and blueberries that Dan enjoyed.  (R) Fernet Julep - Spring 44 bourbon, Fernet Branca amaro, ginger juice, mint and spiced port syrup

Vanila parfait with sorbet, strawberries, and what tasted/felt like space ice cream on top haha.  Very delicious.  Great textures and the right amount of sweetness

I took my macarons to-go.  Top was raspberry and bottom mocha.  The next day confirmed that I don't like french-style macarons.  Only coconut macaroons.  This was the only thing I didn't love

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