A favourite on the UAE food scene, does Hakkasan continue to impress amidst fresh competition?
The upmarket restaurant in Dubai’s Emirates Towers – Hakkasan now has ten other outposts across the world – is renowned for its authentic yet modern Chinese cuisine.
The restaurant exudes it’s a relaxed opulence, with low lighting a calm vibe and Asian décor highlights. For those who have never been to Hakkasan, its seating booths are worth asking for, with tables secluded from other diners with skilfully carved wooden screens.
A fresh blue-lit bar runs down the entire length of the restaurant space with access to a stunning Asian-style garden, sadly closed to guests during the summer months.
Expect a range of traditional and contemporary starters and mains. A traditional Chinese soup: smooth and salty and with a melt-in-the-mouth portion of white seabass resting on top. Crispy duck salad – rough-torn pieces of slow-cooked duck tossed in a piqant green salad with pine nuts and pomegranate seeds.
The ‘Hakka’ steamed dim sum platter is a must order a mouth-watering selection of the chef’s most famous dim sum: scallop, prawn, duck and black pepper.
Mains include tiger prawns – in a succulent, rich coconut and chilli broth – and chicken, marinated in Asian spices (and cooked to perfection).