If you're in the mood for some good upscale takes on cantonese cuisine, Hakkasan has you covered. The award winning restaurant located in the classic Manhanttenesque corner of Kearny and Market street contains flavorful but not too foreign dishes (to a Cantonese person) that would make your mouth water.
Among the trays of Xiao Long Bao and Siu Mai that you should definitely order, executive Chef Andrew Yeo and Chen-Wei Chan have brought some interesting new items to the menu such as the black pepper duck dumpling, stir fry mushroom wrap, and crispy duck roll. All delicious to varying degrees. The standard faire of items such as the Cha Siu Bao bring their own kick as well; pretty garlicy if you like that kind of thing as I do.
I’ve actually visited this restaurant two times and was neither disappointed by either experience, the staff is all kind and courteous and ready to serve. The restaurant is often crowded and tables are usually reserved in advanced, but you can walk in most days and be able to get a seat at the full service bar. The restaurant is two floors tall, the first floor just being a lobby where you can check your coat. Though I think it would be nice if you could be checked in on the first floor, just so you don’t have to go up a floor to see everything is booked.
Hakkasan is probably some of the nicest cantonese food you can get in San Francisco when you have a big budget. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to try some unique dishes for cantonese food.