Had the opportunity to try out the much-hyped Hakkasan recently with a few friends, and found myself entering a sophisticated dim, blue-lit entryway after the customary ride in a Bandra building elevator. The decor was modern and classy, and I really liked the ambiance of the place, especially the bar area. I always check out the bathroom of a place to see if the attention to detail is uniform (insert wisecrack here), and this place is solidly upper-crust.
Our group ordered a number of appetizers to sample the food, and were especially enamored by the crispy duck rolls (I think we re-ordered them after devouring the first batch) and the dim sum platter (the bok choy dumplings especially were fabulous). I tried the mock chicken for dinner, and husband had the braised pork belly. The food was expensive for Mumbai, but not unreal by U.S. standards, and frankly, was delicious. The drinks we ordered were also crowd pleasers. The service was pleasant and attentive.
So why, Dear Readers, shall I never return? Upon request for a takeaway for some pork belly and other leftovers not consumed but perfect for tomorrow's breakfast with sunny-side up eggs, we were informed the restaurant does not "do takeaway." Aghast, I asked why, and the servers politely, if sheepishly, repeated the same response, that they "just" don't do it. The food we paid for would be thrown away rather than given to us for later consumption (or even passed on to the beggars on Linking Road on the walk home which we also do often). Preposterous and ostentatious, in a city where countless people go hungry each night, this was beyond disgusting to me. I have never eaten anywhere with such a policy back home, and I could never suffer this foolishness gladly here. It ended the night awkwardly for us, and we won't be back unless this is changed. For those who don't mind the inexplicable waste, enjoy!