Hakkasan - Abu Dhabi

This high-end Chinese is still going strong after seven years
$$$$
  • +2
    6

Time Out Says

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  | 28 Jun 2017

Be the first to get all the latest Abu Dhabi news, reviews and deals into your inbox by signing up to our free newsletter, click here to sign up.

Details

FacilitiesDine In
Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesChinese
Dress CodeCasuals
Show number +971 2 690 7730
Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Emirates Palace, W Corniche Road

Recommended for you in Restaurants

UAE’s Black Tap reveals Fourth of July CrazyShake

Celebrate American Independence Day with this limited-edition milkshake

Get afternoon tea for two for Dhs99 at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

Hot drinks, savoury and sweet treats at The Lounge

UAE’s Jones the Grocer to launch cheese toastie menu

The dedicated menu will feature 12 different cheese toastie combinations

Get a pint for Dhs1 with any main meal at Abu Dhabi’s The Scene

Plus all-day happy hour and kids eat free

Mr Miyagi’s on Yas Island Abu Dhabi relaunches with drink deals and brunch

The party venue is back with happy hours, brunch and more