Hakkasan, Hanway Place, has got to be the next whistestop for everyone and anyone in London looking for a Sunday lunch spot to take someone they love. From 12 midday until 6:45 pm, the renowned hub of Cantonese cuisine offers a range of dim sum winter menus to offer you bitesized samples of the restaurant's most popular dishes whilst accommodating all of your personal preferences. One November Sunday, my sister and I embarked on the magnificent journey that was the Signature Sunday menu: a 6 course dim sum menu including pre- and post- meal cocktail, as well as a bottle of Louis Roederer Premium NV Champagne at an astonishing £58 pp. Translated as "touching the heart", dim sum embodies the classic Chinese ritual of eating miniature dishes that have been meticulously prepared. Steamed, fried, grilled or baked, the dim sum featuring on Hakkasan's menu really do span all Westernised Cantonese cuisine. What is more, the restaurant embraces the darker days of winter and the crisp weather with a new seasonal food and cocktail menu; chef Ho Hip Wah celebrates Autumnal ingredients and recommends wintery drinks to accompany what is on your plate. The ambience is sleek and elegant, and the clientele includes glamorous trendies about to sample the menus and listen to the background music of the resident live DJ. Fun, fine dining at its best.
West London residents have been remarking on the appearance of Eelbrook for the very few months that it has been open. The sleek, glass and white wood paneled restaurant brings glamour to the previously dreary and desolate Eel Brook Common, more closely resembling the sort of thing you might expect to find in the South of France than SW6. The spacious conservatory is filled with light, the décor is minimalist and chic, there is seating on a heated terrace that facilitates all year round al fresco dining, and the location is prime. The only question on everybody’s lips – is the food any good? The plus one and I went for a three-courser on a Tuesday evening last week to decide for ourselves. Our answer is a resounding yes. From the quality of the food and its unique and innovative preparation to the affordability of the menu, Eelbrook offers you the ideal resolution to your weekday frustration at finding a new local feeding pond that is informal, relaxed and a reliable source of something delicious.