Excellent Chinese cuisine in the Emirates Palace hotel Reviews

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We venture through the corridors of Emirates Palace and arrive at what looks like the gateway to another world. Entering Hakkasan, the opulent traditionalism of the palace transforms into a rich, dark, almost mysterious, Asian-inspired setting.

We’re led around the maze of screens and walls to our comfortable, roomy table. Our waiter is over within minutes to explain the menu – which is fairly straightforward, although the variety could easily be overwhelming. He suggests an assortment of appetisers and some of their popular entrees, and advises that we order rice with one and noodles with the other.

Looking at the menu, we decide to take his advice and try several different dishes. For appetisers, it seems we must try the fried dim sum as it’s apparently the most popular of the starters. We also go for the foie gras prawn, because it sounds irresistible.

In the meantime we enjoy our beverages – well taken care of by our (now two) attentive servers. What’s great about the layout of Hakkasan is that the tables are private without being too secluded. We can enjoy
and appreciate the excitement of a restaurant without being able to hear anyone on the other tables.

The appetisers arrive within a few minutes. The fried dim sum is just as delicious as we expected, but the highlight is the foie gras prawn. Our waiter warns us to be careful – and rightfully so. As we bite into this
work of art, the perfectly cooked prawn explodes and a delicious hot oil spills out. It’s flavourful and unusual, and has quite a kick.

For our mains, we choose the Szechuan-style braised wagyu beef cheek and the spicy wild prawn curry, with hand-pulled noodles and jasmine rice on the side. The plates arrive quickly and are piping hot. They are smaller than we expected, although we soon realise that their richness would make them more than filling.

Each bite is better than the next. The curry is perfectly spicy and clearly flavoured with spices and natural ingredients as it isn’t heavy or greasy. The beef, however, is the real star: it’s so tender it almost melts in the mouth. The sauce is sweet but not overpowering and, paired with the chewy, fresh noodles, it’s a dream.

We’re feeling so full and happy we can’t even look at the dessert menu, so we ask for the bill. It’s delivered quickly and, as anticipated, it’s steep – but worth it for the quality of the food, the sophistication of the venue and the superb service.

Overall, the experience was nothing short of delightful. We would come back here in an instant – when we can afford it, of course.

The bill (for two)
Fried dim sum Dhs95
Foie gras prawn Dhs75
Hand-pulled noodles Dhs65
Jasmine rice Dhs15
Spicy wild prawn curry Dhs120
Braised wagyu beef cheek
Szechuan-style Dhs160
Total (excl. service) Dhs530

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Emirates Palace, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 690 7999
  • Travel: Corniche Street
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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Hongkers on 15 Dec ' 12 at 09:18

I thought that the ambience & service was first rate. The quality of the ingredients was high. As someone who has lived in China, Hong Kong & SE Asia for many years, I thought that the food was only reasonable not exceptional..

Posted by: Christian on 15 Dec ' 12 at 05:21
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I'm so glad I found this place, finally a place in Emirates Palace where you get a great package for your money!

Service: Very attentive, friendly, quick and knowledgeable about the food and the preparation. The sommelier is helpful in selecting fitting wines.
Location: Great view, the balcony terrace is facing the Etihad towers.
Music: Loungy music, inside a little bit too loud for my taste.
Food, wine and cocktails: Excellent!

I will come again and will recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Price for a dinner for two persons:
2 main dishes
3 sides
2 desserts
4 glasses of wine
1 cocktail
1 porter wine
1 big bottle of water
Price about 1100 AED including service fees and tourist tax.

Posted by: Gurdeep on 06 Oct ' 10 at 09:16
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Awesome atmosphere, Hot hostesses, Fabulous Food, Great sound system, Electric ambience - this is the place to be seen, to dine to drink. I've been to restaurants all over the world but this is one of the few that I can't wait to go back to!! Bring it on Hakkasan!

Posted by: K on 02 Oct ' 10 at 00:36
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I just have been to restaurant once. I usually dont like chinese food that much for some bad expirence I had in some bad restaurant. But this restaurant made a change. I liked this restaurant. every thing was good but I think its little bit pricy! I would recomend this restaurant for nice event or inviting people.

PS: its very nice for inviting many people or family or co-workers.

Posted by: iNco on 23 Aug ' 10 at 16:44
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This was our first time visiting Hakkasan and we were thoroughly impressed with the whole dining experience. The stylish bar is very well stocked, the decor and atmosphere is top notch. The service we received was friendly and attentive with the food being some of the best we have tasted.

The two of us ordered;
Duck with mango along with the Hakka dim sum platter for starters
For the main course we had Scallops wrapped in prawns and then the Smoked wagyu beef.

The food was fresh, vibrant and surprisingly plentiful.
The menu had so much more we really wanted to try but will have to leave for our next visit.

The cocktail menu is also worthy of note with the Hakka and Chinese Mule being amongst our favourites.

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, fantastic!

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