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“No.1 food and service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hakkasan

Hakkasan
Ranked #16 of 2,021 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Hakkasan Abu Dhabi opened in June 2010, bringing Hakkasan's award-winning cuisine to the landmark Emirates Palace. Comprising a restaurant, bar and lounge as well as four private dining rooms, the 16,000 sq ft space is separated by carved wooden screens and latticing that echo the rich interiors of the London flagship restaurant. Long-time design partner Gilles & Boissier designed the space with the Hakkasan ethos of the modern ethnic, interpreting it for the United Arab Emirates. Embroidered furniture and marbled Chinese forms enrich the space, and the main dining area is crafted into a wooden cage surrounded by backlit blue glass and a stainless steel frame. Signature Hakkasan dishes like Peking Duck with Caviar and Grilled Wagyu Beef with King Soy Sauce are served alongside a set of new dishes created especially for an Emirate clientele. The restaurant is headed by chef Lee Kok Hua, who was previously at Hakkasan Hanway Place where he worked under Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee for five years.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“No.1 food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Went with family for a fancy dinner and it was a good choice- service was very good & trained well. Food was lovely,although the portion is bit less but presentation is so wow.

Parents enjoyed and myself too. we thought come again soon!

Love the dimsun plate....still mouthwatering...

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Fancy W
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  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Just amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

What a wonderful experience! Our waiter was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and gave us great suggestions for food and drinks. I do not drink alcohol but they had a great varierty of lovely non-alcoholic cocktails, I ordered 2 different ones they were amazing.
The food was very nice and portions of good size. I suggest you order a few dishes to share, the best way to experience the amazing food of Hakkasan.
They have a nice sitting outside but even inside it looks great, and you are able to have a table with partitions for more privacy.
They do great set menus from 350 AED for 4 people and more.
Keep some space for the chocolate fondant, addictive. Such a shame they do not open for lunch :(

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sabrina B
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Wine-that's about it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

It really IS NOT all it's made out to be. Yes, it's the best Em Palace restaurant and has a very very good wine list. And that's about it. The interior is cool, but too loud, tables jammed in too close together, giving the whole place more of a bistro-like feel than a Michelin starred posh eatery. We were constantly being assailed with the conversations from tables either side of us. The service is also very ordinary: we did not feel the wait staff was any more attentive or knowledgable than, say, in your average PF Chang's. Funnily enough, our server was recommending the exact same menu items at all the tables in our area!
Food wise everything was decent, not mind blowing. The best thing we tried was the prawn toast starter. Our server recommended the sweet and sour chicken with pomegranate which sounded quite interesting but ended up being over powered with very the tart pomegranate, overall a very over-flavoured dish. The rice and noodles were just ordinary. We finished off with a creme brûlée and, frankly, I've better ones. The true test of a good restaurants lies in being able to turn ordinary food into something special and HK fails at that by a long shot.
So overall 3 star food but 5 star wine. (Try the sake, very nice). therefore, a 4-star experience.
And, finally, definitely not for a date night. Good for a night out with friends or business meets.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Zara A
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great looking restaurant with overpriced food and bland customer service.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

When i phoned to make the reservation, i mentioned it was a special occassion/romance thing. On the night, we were seated outside as requested but surrounded by familys with spoilt children. If i knew the birthday cake was going to be a plain tiny chocolate sponge with whatever was on the side (We didn't bother finding out) i wouldn't have ordered it. Service was very bland.

Food was great, though some was heavily sauced. Agree with another reviewer you have to know what to order.

I wouldn't go back. The Noodle Box Restaurant at The Viceroy Hotel on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island is half the price for the same quality, more generous portions, excellent customer service expected of a five star hotel, pleasant atmosphere and nice scenery overlooking the Formulae 1 Racetrack.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Globe T
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Essex UK
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

I liked the decor, make sure you get the waitress to explain the dishes, or you may be disappointed, I didn't so I was disappointed with one particular dish. The rest of it was fabulous.

Visited December 2012
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