Chinese cuisine doesn’t tend to sport the in-thing brand fetishism of its Asian neighbours. While Dubai hosts a number of heavyweight Japanese nightlife concepts, new Chinese openings generally trump for traditionalism and white tablecloths over modern bar-restaurant-lounge hybrids. The exception is most definitely Hakkasan. An off-shoot of London’s Michelin-starred Mayfair original, the brand has kept its kudos despite spreading to a dozen (and counting) venues worldwide, and the Dubai take is no exception, holding a steady crowd since opening (way back) in November 2011. And rightly so – it’s the emirate’s most chic Chinese eatery by far, a believable fuse of old and new, East of West, created with a mix of Oriental furnishings, careful lighting and nightlife-y house beats. Whether it’s worth visiting for drinks alone we’d debate, which might be why this venue works best as the ideal perfect pre-club venue, the outdoor terrace ideal for light-dining and carefully concocted drinks.