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Highly Commended Best Chinese
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Diners at this contemporary Chinese restaurant and London import should expect a premium-priced experience. With its dimly lit ambience and privacy-affording booth seating, it’s ideal for a date or special occasions. Nothing should stop you tucking into delicacies such as Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar and braised Japanese abalone. For those with a more moderate cash flow, the Hakka dim sum platter features pristinely fresh dumplings of scallop, prawn and chive and seabass. Likewise, the crispy duck salad with pomelo, pine nut and shallots is crunchy and moreish, the citrus perfectly offsetting the fat from the duck. There are novel takes on standard Chinese dishes, including sesame prawn toast with foiegras, as well as a wok fried chilli mud crab, which arrives with the meat completely extracted from the crab and stewing in a plenitude of chilli sauce.
Open daily noon-4pm, 7pm-1am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484). Brunch: Dhs199 (with soft drinks), Dhs398 (with mixed beverages, grape and hops), Dhs558 (with bubbly). Fri noon-3.45pm. Taste of Hakkasan: Dhs188 person (set menu with glass of grape or hops). Daily 6.30pm-8pm.

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