Hakkasan, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Best Chinese Winner
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While Dubai hosts a number of Japanese names equally renowned as nightlife hotspots as they are eateries, new Chinese openings generally trump for traditionalism and white table cloths over modern bar-restaurant-lounge hybrids. The exception is most definitely Hakkasan (although Atlantis’ new arrival Yuan looks to be sneaking into the slipstream). Since its opening in November 2011, Hakkasan has held a steady crowd, and rightly so – it’s the emirate’s chicest Chinese eatery by far, a believable fusion of old and new, East and West, created with a mix of Oriental furnishings, careful lighting and nightlife-y house beats. As you’d expect, you’ll find the same cultural fusions in the food and presentation, but with more than a decade of menu-tuning behind them, the results are largely satisfying and never disappointing. For a strictly authentic meal in quiet surroundings look elsewhere, but if you find style just as important as substance, then this is the lounge-restaurant for you.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-1am (bar open until 2am). Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.hakkasan.com/dubai (0 4 384 8484).

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