Restaurant Review: Hakkasan
Avg. Cost per Person:598 Dhs
Location:Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Shaikh Zayed Road , Dubai
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Sun-Wed noon-4pm, 7pm-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-4pm, 7pm-1am; Sat 7pm-midnight
04 448 9588
It’s believed that eating certain sumptuous delicacies such as poultry, rice dishes or citrus fruits during the Chinese New Year, the annual harvest spring festival, is symbol of ushering in prosperity, wealth and harmony into our lives.
In the trying times we live in, a bit of lady luck smiling upon us beatifically wouldn’t be too shabby. And the best part? There’s no catch to this time-tested tradition. All you have to be is that catalyst to usher in luck by breaking the proverbial bread or should we say rice with your loved ones during this time.
As the Year Of The Dog shines upon us, we took the onus seriously by heading to one of the swish Cantonese restaurants in the UAE — Hakkasan at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
We sampled their specially-curated Chinese dinner menu, which was a potent combination of the restaurant’s signature dishes.
Hakkkasan, which serves modern South Asian fare, is a perfect restaurant for that celebratory/you-have-just-been-paid meal.
With purposeful strides, my dining companion and I marched down the dark-panelled interiors and got down to the task of tempting luck into our lives.
We began our meal with a platter of small eats. First up was braised beef with caramelised walnuts served on a bed of asparagus. The delectable beef shavings were tender and flavourful and the sesame-kissed walnuts gave it a crunch. As far as beginnings go, they had begun with a proverbial bang.
Oysters — which symbolise good fortune — also made it to our table. The sumptuous seafood with lotus root along with crispy rice in mantau (mini Chinese buns) were like little drops of heaven.
The presentation of food had so much flair, that its overall prettiness made you feel slightly guilty for scooping it off the plate. Another stand-out was the crispy scallop in sweet plum sauce that was served in mini crispy cups and garnished with pine nuts and tiny mango pieces. We went nuts for this dish, which reminded us of street food served with delicate flair.
From the mains, our favourite was wok-fried native lobster in stock with edamame and caviar. As I spooned the warm broth with perfectly cooked lobster chunks, it felt as if I had discovered food nirvana. There was very little talking as we enjoyed this seafood concoction. It was a dish that could be an antidote to a tough day. Warm and comforting, this was packed with flavours.
But what’s a meal without some rice? Their abalone fried rice in bean curd wrap with mushroom and sausages was a perfect accompaniment. The baked Chilean sea bass with kumquat glaze didn’t disappoint either. One of the stand-outs of Hakkasan is their unconditional consistency in delivering quality food over the years.
To round off the meal, our dessert was the aptly titled ‘golden fortune’ — golden discs sandwiching a layer of crumbly macadamia. It was crunchy and the ginger caramel sauce that encircled the dessert gave it a sweet and spicy kick. After this meal, we were convinced that our luck when it came to eating lush food was ticked. Here’s a meal that has ample room for taste and warmth — which in a way reflects the ideal life we all aspire for.