Hakkasan Dubai closes its doors at Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Plans are set to relocate Time Out Dubai’s Best Chinese Restaurant

Hakkasan Dubai, Time Out Dubai’s Best Chinese Restaurant 2018, has closed its doors at Jumeirah Emirates Towers - but fear not, foodies, it’s not all bad news.

The popular restaurant shut over the weekend, but the team behind it says it will be relocating at a new spot soon, which will be a relief for fans of the chain’s excellent dim sum.

A spokesman for Hakkasan said: “Hakkasan Dubai has decided to close its current operation at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel as of Sunday July 1, 2018.

“Please stay tuned as we announce our new location very soon. We’d like to thank our loyal customers who have made our time in Dubai a tremendous success. We look forward to remaining part of the community.”

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, Abu Dhabi and here in Dubai, where he visited earlier this year.

The original Dubai restaurant boasted stylish Chinese lattice, low mood lighting, sleek wooden furniture and a buzzing, classy vibe. It offered top-notch Chinese food, and we couldn’t get enough of the roast chicken in satay sauce, Peking duck salad and the super-tasty dim sum.

Though pricey, it was the perfect place for a special occasion, and we can’t wait to see where it relocates to. The Abu Dhabi branch remains open.

This follows the news of other popular award-winning restaurants closing this year, including Catch Dubai at Fairmont Dubai.

However, there’s a whole host of new restaurants to check out, including STK Downtown Dubai, which opens its doors today (Tuesday July 3).

Watch this space.

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