This high-end Chinese is still going strong after seven years Reviews

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Friday brunch

For a sophisticated brunch experience, Hakkasan delivers. Tuck into dim sum before hitting the live stations, where you can try traditional Peking duck. End your meal with a couple of the mini desserts. Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). Emirates Palace Hotel, Al Ras Al Akhdar (02 690 7999). Timings: Noon-4pm (Friday)

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When it comes to Hakkasan, forget everything you think you know about Chinese restaurants. It serves traditionally-made food to a contemporary audience using local ingredients in a super-chic environment.

The upmarket chain has been in the capital since 2010 and is still going strong.

The swanky setting of Emirates Palace is the perfect place for the restaurant. As you navigate the gold-strewn corridors there is no mistaking that this is a classy way to enjoy Chinese food. It’s about as far away from instant noodles as you can get.

Everything about the restaurant feels exclusive, from the dim lighting to the attentive staff. And the prices reflect that, with a half Peking duck costing Dhs480.

To start, try the stir fry mixed nut lettuce wrap – crunchy, sticky and umami-heavy – and the roasted mango duck. They’re as unusual as they are tasty.

For mains, check out the senpei chicken claypot. It’s robust and full of flavour. The spicy prawn curry is best avoided, though. It lacks texture, flavour and overall pizazz. A light vanilla crème brûlée with tart quenelles of apple sorbet is the perfect refreshing dessert.

Hakkasan, then, a restaurant that’s still evolving, still innovating and still brilliant.

The bottom line

More than your average Chinese joint.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • 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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