Hakkasan, Dubai

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Hakkasan Dubai is one of those rare restaurants that wows you from the moment you arrive. Situated in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers area of Dubai, it is a gorgeous and glamorous restaurant and bar with a whole host of celebrity regulars.

The dining room is sleek, stylish and beautifully designed and lit and feels a very private and intimate place to dine. The bar is stunning and is a great place to meet for cocktails. The private dining room is a favourite with A-list gusts and regulars alike.

Although the experience of visiting Hakkasan is quite wonderful in itself, the stunning interior and exterior pale into insignificance when it comes to the food and drinks, which are just sublime.

Hakkasan prides itself on its cocktails which are exquisitely delicious. The lychee martini was an absolute favourite, with the strawberry basil concoction coming a close second.  The wine list is extensive and impressive, as much of the wines on offer are specially imported into the UAE by the restaurant.  What is on the list is very carefully chosen, too. Olivier Gasselin, Head Sommelier explained to me that he works with his wine team every week, and conducts a dedicated tasting session, trying out new wines with at least four different dishes from the menu: if a wine does not work with one dish – even if it is great with the others – it does not make the list.

The food here is divine, too. Staff are very caring and sensitive towards any intolerances and are happy to tailor your choices accordingly.

To start, I went for the Hakka steamed dim sum platter, which included a generous portion of exquisitely prepared and flavoured dim sum, which was the perfect way to start the meal.

To follow, we shared a selection of small dishes. The absolute standout without question was the Jasmine tea smoked Wagyu beef ribs. Meltingly tender beef ribs, marbled with chunks of sweet fat, cooked in a gorgeously sweet, sticky and smoky sauce were without question one of the best things I’ve ever, ever eaten. I’m salivating now, just even thinking about them again.  We also tried the delicious Steamed red snapper with assam sauce, which was lovely. Super fresh, perfectly cooked fish with a punchy sauce.  The Sweet and sour chicken with pomegranate was a fantastic take on this classic dish, with a wonderfully fruity sauce and delicious, crunchy vegetables.

We didn’t see the dessert menu after this, we just sat and finished off our delicious cocktails and soaked up the atmosphere.  If you’re in Dubai, a meal at Hakkasan is an absolute must. – a truly unforgettable experience.

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