When Dubai’s most popular Chinese dining haunt Hakkasan closed its doors at Emirates Towers back in July, the Ahlan! team feared it had fallen by the wayside like many of its popular peers before it. Luckily the closure was short-lived, and the world-renowned celeb hot-spot now takes pride of place in Atlantis, The Palm, occupying the space where Yuan used to reside.
First things first – what an entrance! Boasting a huge, intricate door directly opposite the valet (extra points for handiness), as soon as you enter the newly-refurbed restaurant, the vibe screams ultra-cool New York City chic. With plenty of dark corners and rich, glamorous interiors, the expansive space is split into a vibrant bar and dining area complemented by pumping DJ beats that are relaxing rather than over-powering.
Featuring signature dishes served in a traditional sharing style, dishes look as good as they taste, with a starter of rainbow-bright supreme dim sum delivered for starters, served as eight brightly hued balls of deliciousness. We also opt for the jasmine tea-smoked Wagyu beef ribs to be enjoyed alongside our starter platter, which are sweet, smokey and utterly melt-in-the-mouth. Perfection.
We’re slightly complexed when we spot a neighboring table digging into the Hakkasan signature peking duck – a dish that’s positioned as a ‘small eat’ on the menu is actually a full-sized duck served with 16 pancakes and 30g of caviar. The option of smaller starter-sized pancakes would be a great addition for the menu for those who want the opportunity to sample more than one dish from the menu as this would be sure to fill you up.
The grilled Chilean seabass with honey is a strong contender for main dish of the evening – a deliciously plump fillet of flaky white fish, which we order alongside a piping hot bowl of edamame egg fried rice. We also try the spicy prawns which come served in a deliciously-creamy sauce with lily bulb and almond.
While we’re too full for actual dessert, a light selection of sorbets is extremely tempting to the palate, as is the lemon sesame tart, which we’re told is both nutty and crunchy with a refreshingly tart taste.
Word of warning – this is a meal that won’t come cheap, especially if you want to add a bottle of grape to the menu, which is one of the priciest lists we’ve laid our eyes on in a while. But for a special occasion, or for those looking to impress, you can rest assured that Hakkasan will do the job and do it well.
INFO: Open daily, Hakkasan Dubai, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeriah, 04 426 2626, atlantisthepalm.com