Dim sum aficionados will be quick to point out that the weekend tradition of early afternoon dim sum – or yum cha as it’s known – has been about for ages. In fact, Alan Yau, the man who created Hakkasan, made yum cha a popular pastime in London. In this respect, it’s no surprise that the format of Hakkasan Dubai’s Friday and Saturday meal deal is closer to Yum Cha than what we Dubaians recognise as brunch (four hours of excessive consumption). Atmosphere and setting:
The dark, sleekly appointed restaurant offers a cool respite from the Dubai heat, while in cooler months, we would recommend eating out on the fantastic terrace. Make sure you try:
Each of the ten dim sum offerings on this à la carte menu is fantastic, but, at a push, we would recommend the crispy duck roll – effectively a chunky, compact and filling variation of a Peking duck roll (which is equally hearty, the flavour of the meat offset wonderfully by the sweet, sticky plum sauce). The scallop shumai, meanwhile, provides a lighter dynamic to the course, though is excellent in every respect. What needs fine-tuning?
Though you’ll be left satiated by the dim sum, the number of dishes served doesn’t really work in the context of a ‘Dubai’ brunch, which is effectively all-you-can-eat for a limited amount of time. Those who pay for the bubbly option will have finished all the food on offer by around 1.30pm, meaning that they’re left with two hours to drink bubbly and the signature mixed drinks. While this is no bad thing, you’ll perhaps feel that your Dhs500 would have been better spent at the nearby Zuma brunch, which offers quality drinks and limitless amounts of its award-winning Japanese fare.
What should you wear?
Hakkasan, being Hakkasan, is a smart brunch for smartly dressed people. Why you’ll return?
We’ll go back for the delectable dim sum, but we’ll probably avoid the bubbly option (and save over Dhs300 in the process). Dhs199 with dim sum and puer ya jian tea; Dhs500 with bubbly. Fridays and Saturdays noon-3.30pm. The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 384 8484). Click here for Time Out’s review of Hakkasan.