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“Great atmosphere”
Review of Hakkasan

Ranked #17 of 2,055 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Scenic view, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Best Chinese in AD! The duck salad is one of the best I have ever tried. The outside terrace is amazing in the cooler weather.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Fatima T
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  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Serbian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant, fasntastic bar, but not fine dining”
Reviewed August 21, 2014

We visited Hakkasan whilst staying at the Emirates Palace for my 40th birthday.

Considering the disappointment that was the Emirates Palace, Hakkasan came as a welcome relief (it's situated within the hotel). Beautiful décor, excellent bar (I write this knowing I'm going tonight after work as we live in the UAE), good staff, great food, decent wine selection.

So why not five stars?

It's a lovely, lovely restaurant, but it's still 'just' Chinese. The dim sum were lovely, my sea bass very tasty, a bowl of beef ribs superb.. but all too familiar to any other 'good' Chinese meal that I've had before. There's not really anything innovative in the food - there's nothing to dislike but I just expected more.

Our total bill (including a cocktail each at the bar - my lemongrass Martini was great!), a bottle of Italian Gewurztraminer (a great pairing with Chinese!), starters and mains (we were too full for desert) came to 1200 AED including service and tax - which is somewhere around £100 a head. Given the reputation of the hotel in which the restaurant is based, the cost of wine in the region and the restaurant's reputation I was expecting to perhaps pay 50-100% more than this, so not horrendous but hardly a cheap night out.

Would we return? We probably will for special occasions - it was good, just not superb.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank foggy74
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Special Occasion Bliss”
Reviewed August 18, 2014

I joined friends here for a birthday celebration. The cocktails are terrific and food delicious. I would recommend this restaurant as one of the Top 10 in Abu Dhabi.

Visited October 2013
3 Thank Pats_Dubai
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Milan, Italy
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

We went for dinner to Hakkasan, at the Emirates Palace Hotel. Even before we went there, we were impressed on the way from the splendor of that Hotel.
We really liked the interior of the restaurante, all was a bit dark,...a bit too dark...but still very nice and we liked it that way.
The service staff brought us to the table. One lady also suggested us some dishes, while we had no specific idea, how the food would be like. And of course we were excited to see it and to enjoy. The plating was simple in my point of view but it was all in all matching very well. The food was tasty, the service was good, nothing to complain. Maybe we lost a bit more money than expected, but it was worth it and we might come back.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Andrea S
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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121 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Best Asian Restaurant Ever”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

LOVED the fired Dim Sum platter!

We had a couple of cocktails at the bar and then shown to the table. Amazing selection of food without being a very extensive menu. Waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. He made an excellent suggestion of ordering different meats around the table so we can share and enjoy different dishes.

Would definitely go back and recommend to anyone interested in some quality Asian spicy food.

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank JoJo_1310
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