First look: Hakkasan to open in Atlantis The Palm

Time Out Dubai checked out the new location

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Hakkasan Dubai is throwing open its doors next week on Tuesday October 23, in its brand-new location at Atlantis The Palm, and Time Out Dubai has been along to check it out.

The Dubai branch of the world-famous chain, which is our Best Chinese Restaurant 2018, closed its doors in Jumeirah Emirates Towers earlier this year (July 1), with a promise to relocate soon. And it didn’t let us down, as it’s now ready to welcome diners in the space that previously held Yuan.

Hakkasan will open to the public in The Avenues of Atlantis The Palm next Tuesday (October 23) before moving to The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences, when the hotel is finished in 2019.

The setup, as you can see from the photos, will be familiar to regulars of the Hakkasan brand, with latticing, wooden screens and dark, moody lighting. The room is spilt into several areas, for intimate dining, larger groups and parties as well a bar area, with its familiar blue décor. The space itself is a lot smaller and cosier than the previous location, with space for around 100 diners, with the aim of creating a warm, buzzing vibe.

And the menu looks set to thrill, too. Signature dishes will include Peking duck served with royal beluga caviar, grilled Chilean sea bass cooked in honey and the famous stir-fried black pepper rib-eye beef.

New and exclusive Dubai dishes will include crispy roasted chicken with garlic and sesame, wagyu beef rib-eye and wok-fried Australian rack lamb with black garlic.

“Hakkasan has strong roots that we’d like to continue to maintain, however it needs to modernise,” Michelle Hunt, vice president of the Hakkasan brand, told Time Out Dubai. “From an experience standpoint it’s very immersive.

“Our top 20 dishes make up 80 percent of our revenue. They are the dishes that everyone loves and ones that can’t be removed so we’ve together with the chefs gone back to basics and explored what works.

“We’ve kept the core recipes, but we’ve elevated the presentation and produce to really showcase what Hakkasan is about. It’s important to think about seasonality. A lot of the base products remain the same – they’re still modern Cantonese – but they’re much cleaner, more confident and more elegant in terms of feel”.

Hunt added the dishes are now lighters, to encourage more frequent visits to the restaurant.

“For example the roasted silver cod is still on the menu, but the sauce is more refined,” she said. “Less is more. And with the honey sea bass that everyone loves, the deep fried mushrooms have been removed and there’s now Chinese broccoli on the side to enhance it.”

Another aspect is to make more on the plate edible – such as the baskets that contain the osmanthus wagyu beef rib-eye (pictured).

The dim sum has also been adapted and modified. “They’re now small, precious little parcels that can be eaten in one bite-sized mouthful,” Hunt explained. “They now contain supreme products too – lobster, abalone, caviar.”

For those that want a set menu, there’s the Taste of Hakkasan menu, starting at Dhs318, which is served daily from 6pm until 7.30pm. This includes dishes such as the supreme dim sum platter, roasted truffle duck with mushroom tea tree and a decadent dessert selection handpicked by the chef.

Watch out for a brunch to launch later this year, too, which will start from Dhs328 and feature signature dishes and a live DJ.

“We have big expectations for Hakkasan, as one of the world’s most renowned restaurant brands joins our extensive culinary offering at Atlantis,” said Timothy Kelly, general manager and SVP operations for Atlantis The Palm added. “We’ve already seen great chemistry between both brands and are extremely excited for what’s to come.”

The menu will include all of the restaurant’s signature dishes including the world-famous Peking duck and tasty dim sum. There will also be a “selection of innovative dishes”, unique to Hakkasan at Atlantis.

The global restaurant brand opened in London in 2001 and has since made a massive name for itself across the world.

Hakkasan has been led by executive chef Tong Chee Hwee since it opened in London 17 years ago. Around the world it’s headed up by chef Ho Chee Boon, International Executive Chef for the Hakkasan chain.

Chef Ho moved to the US to launch Hakkasan in 2012, and the restaurant secured a Michelin star within eight months of opening. Since then he’s headed up all the openings of other branches in the US including San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as well as the restaurants in Mumbai, Dubai and Abu Dubai.

This means there will be an exciting line-up of restaurants in The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Jaleo, from Michelin-starred chef José Andrés.

Atlantis The Palm, already has restaurants from famous names including Nobu, Bread Street Kitchen from Gordon Ramsay and Ronda Locatelli by Giorgio Locatelli, and these new additions make it an even more exciting dining destination.
Opening Tuesday October 23. Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

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