Hakkasan Abu Dhabi opened in June 2010, bringing Hakkasan’s award-winning cuisine and décor to the landmark Emirates Palace. Comprising a restaurant, bar and lounge as well as four private dining rooms, the 16,000 sq ft space is separated by carved wooden screens and latticing that echo the luxurious interior of the London flagship restaurant.
Long-time design partner Gilles & Boissier, based in Paris, designed the space with the Hakkasan ethos of the modern ethnic, interpreting it for the United Arab Emirates. Embroidered-finished furniture and marbled Chinese forms enrich the space, and the main dining area is crafted into a wooden, cage-like structure surrounded by stunning blue glass and back-lit by a stainless steel frame.
Hakkasan’s signature dishes like Peking duck with caviar and grilled Wagyu beef with king soy sauce are served alongside a set of new dishes created especially for an Emirate clientele. The restaurant is headed by chef Lee Kok Hua, who hails from the London flagship where he worked under head chef Tong Chee Hwee for five years.
Launch of Hakkasan Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Best Newcomer Award 2010
Abu Dhabi, Caterer Middle East’s Top Outlet Opening of the Year 2010
What’s On Awards, UAE, Best Newcomer and Best Far Eastern Restaurant and Chef of the Year for Lee Kok Hua
Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Best Chinese Award
The Black Hat Guide 2012 – awarded Three Black Hats
What’s On 2012; Best Far East Restaurant of the Year
What’s On 2012; Best Restaurant of the Year