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Hakkasan, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Nominated for Best Business Lunch
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This modern Cantonese high-end eatery offers a three-course business lunch with one thing missing – dessert. Instead diners choose from dishes such as chicken dumplings, Mongolian prawns, Chinese wild mushroom soup, sweet and sour chicken with pomegranate and mains such as rib-eye beef. The sleek dark-walled panelling gives it an air of sophistication and the al fresco area is a decent place to sit, although the lack of a view (apart from the back wall of what looks like a car park) makes it a slightly flat outdoor option. Service is also polished, and while the overall experience is positive, many of the dishes lack pizzazz and greater strides need to be made to raise the food.
Dhs120 for three courses, Dhs140 for three courses (with selected glass of grape). Served Sat-Thu noon-2.30pm, Fri noon-3.30pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, hakkasan.com/dubai (04 384 8484).


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