Hakkasan Restaurant San Francisco California
It’s not every day I get to have a “power lunch” during the work week so when Rachel invited me to join her at San Francisco’s Hakkasan Restaurant I was thrilled. You may have seen London’s Hakkasan (the original location) on my blog so getting to experience San Francisco’s location was a special treat.
Upon arriving I quickly realized this is a hot spot for lunch. Literally super hot! There wasn’t an empty seat in the restaurant. Awesome, not only was I going to enjoy some delicious Chinese food, I’d also get some great people watching in. What fun!
Rachel and I decided to order The Taste of Hakkasan lunch special ($29 per person) starting with two different dumplings: the Fried & the Steamed. Rachel had been before and said they are both must try’s. I was sold! She was right, between the 6 dumplings they were all very different. Within the Steamed Dumplings (my order) I enjoyed a Scallop Shumai, Har Gau & Prawn and Chinese chive dumpling. They were all delicious!! Within the Fried Dumplings, since Rachel generously shared her dish I loved the Roasted Duck and Pumpkin Puff. This was unexpected as I typically don’t care for Duck. This goes to show when dining somewhere as fabulous as Hakkasan with the best of the best Chinese Chef’s give anything a try.
For our mains we shared:
- The Chiu chow-style Sea Bass in a claypot with Chinese Celery and salted plum
- Four style vegetable stir-fry in Szechuan Sauce
- White & Fried Rice
- Bok Chow (which comes with each entrée).
Enjoying the Taste Of Hakkasan for two was the perfect amount of food (possibly a bit too much). I always prefer leftovers vs. not having enough to eat so no complaints from me! The Sea Bass Claypot was my favorite dish. It was so tasty and flavorful and was such delicious comfort food. The Vegetable Stir-fry and Bok Chow were also tasty.
An interesting fact that I learned from Rachel (who does the publicity for Hakkasan San Francisco) was that all of the Chefs are from China and most of them don’t speak English. So, when a new dish is created the translator will work with the Chef’s confirming the ingredients before adding it to the menu. Talk about authentic Chinese Food. I had assumed a Chinese Restaurant in America may have American Chefs, incorrect in this case.
To conclude our lovely lunch we enjoyed two Green Tea macaroons. Both of us had meetings after lunch so we took ours to go which was a delicious treat for later in the evening! Thanks again Hakkasan for the amazing ladies power lunch. It was such a delicious meal and quite the hot spot. I can’t wait to return soon! 1 Kearny Street. San Francisco, CA. 415-829-8148.
The Steamed Dumplings including: Scallop Shumai, Har Gau & Prawn and Chinese chive dumpling
The delicious Four style vegetable stir-fry in Szechuan Sauce
One of the smaller private dining rooms
The larger private dining room
Even the bathroom is gorgeous with my favorite Molton Brown products
DISCLOSURE: Emily, The JetSetting Fashionista enjoyed a complimentary meal during this visit. However, Emily was not paid to write this post and only write posts or features about food, hotels, products or destinations that she personally enjoys and proudly endorses and wants to share with her readers. All opinions expressed are her own.
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