World-renowned Hakkasan Restaurant opened at Emirates Palace Featured

The London Michelin-starred, modern Chinese restaurant opened in Abu Dhabi on 1st June 2010
by 05 May 2010

Hakkasan, the London Michelin-starred, modern Chinese restaurant, opened in Abu Dhabi at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, on June 1st, 2010. Hakkasan is the Emirates Palace’s newest restaurant, bringing a new level of luxury dining to Abu Dhabi. The 165-cover restaurant, which features a unique take on modern Chinese, has four private dining rooms with stunning luxurious architecture, seating from six to twelve guests. The restaurant is situated on the main entrance level of the hotel, and has its own private entrance in the east wing with valet parking.

An instant hit when it opened in London in 2001, Hakkasan arrived as a Chinese restaurant like no other. With its instant glamour, it immediately broke the mould with a modernity that combined opulent design and nightclub ambience with ambitious Cantonese cooking and accomplished service.

“Hakkasan’s anticipative sense of design, mysteriously elegant atmosphere and distinguished menu will without a doubt enrapture the taste buds of the socially chic. Hakkasan is a major part of London and Miami’s elite restaurant scene and we are proud to embark on a new era with the opening of Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, June 1st at the Emirates Palace,” said Hakkasan’s spokesperson.
Mr. Hans Olbertz, Emirates Palace General Manager, said: “The Hakkasan restaurant will be an extraordinary experience for our hotel guests and visitors. We are very much looking forward to the grand opening and to welcoming food-lovers and pleasure-seekers alike to come and enjoy the Hakkasan experience.”

Anchoring the kitchen is Lee Kok Hua, from Hakkasan London, who has worked underneath Head chef Tong Chee Hwee for five years. He brings his own flair to the menu with new dishes that have been specifically designed for the UAE market, alongside Hakkasan classics such as Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar; steamed dim sum platters; and grilled Wagyu beef with King soya sauce.

The extensive beverage offerings include a wide array of teas from the best producers in Taiwan. Dragon Well green tea and High Mountain Oolong’s will be available, along with the finest 50-year-old teas. All are brewed and served to precise instructions while observing detailed etiquette to deliver the best flavour.

In 2004, Hakkasan was the first Chinese restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star and it retained the title for four consecutive years.

Hakkasan is open daily from 6pm-2am for dinner, drinks and bar snacks, with last dinner orders taken at 12am.

The Hakkasan is a Michelin-starred oriental restaurant in London's West End, and it has a sister Hakkasan restaurant at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. This new opening at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi in spring 2010 will be followed by an opening later this year in Mayfair, London. The Hakkasan group is owned by Abu Dhabi’s property investment company Tasameem which also owns Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant Yauatcha in London. Hakkasan opened to critical acclaim, gaining a Michelin star in 2003, and it was the only Chinese restaurant in Europe to receive such an accolade that year. Hakkasan has since established itself as a world class luxury brand with an association to a first class dining experience. For further details, please contact +44 (0)207 297 8999.

Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, run by Kempinski, was built as an iconic landmark showcasing Arabian culture and hospitality at its finest. It has created an enviable niche in luxury hospitality, welcoming world leaders, celebrities, global business travelers and leisure guests with a truly memorable and unique experience, luxurious contemporary facilities and amenities in comfortable and traditional Arabian surroundings with personalized world class service. Situated on a 1.3 km stretch of private white pristine beach and on 100 hectares of manicured lawns and lush landscaped gardens, the Emirates Palace comprises 394 luxury rooms and suites, and a variety of award-winning dining options. The resort’s leisure facilities include two intricately landscaped swimming pools, an Anantara spa, tennis courts, and a state of the art fitness centre.

The Emirates Palace houses the most luxurious and technologically advanced meeting facilities in the region, which include an auditorium with up to 1,100 seats, the ballroom for up to 2,400 guests, over 40 meeting rooms, a Media Centre and a Business Centre, and outdoor venue capacity for up to 20,000 guests. As a world-class leader in the Meetings, Incentive, Conference and Events market, Emirates Palace plays host to a spectacular cultural calendar, including the Middle East International Film Festival, the largest Hotel Art Gallery with regular exhibitions, and a popular and classical music concert programme. With a FIFA standard football pitch and home to Manchester City’s winter training ground, Emirates Palace offers the best in world sports action including the annual Lashings Cricket Festival. For further details, please visit; For reservations please call: +971 2 690 7999.