Welcoming the Year of the Rooster

Following the chaotic Year of the Monkey, the Year of the Rooster is predicted to bring fresh and exciting challenges requiring practical solutions and good old-fashioned hard work. From 2016, the Year of the Red Monkey… The Year of the Monkey – the monkey being a typically quick-tempered and hyperactive character – brought with it […]

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Innovation within the Only At menus

The food industry is constantly evolving. It is fast paced, with new innovations surfacing every day. For the past fifteen years, the people behind the scenes at Hakkasan have focused their attentions on these developments, embracing the furious changes within the industry while continuing to carve out a unique space for contemporary Chinese cuisine. The […]

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The Only At collections around the world

Hakkasan restaurants around the world, from London and the United States to India, Shanghai and the Middle East, have recently launched the Only At collections, a selection of dishes, desserts and cocktails showcasing the local cuisine and culture, using ingredients and flavours synonymous with the locations. The Only At collections in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and […]

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Only at Hakkasan

With a unique wine philosophy, dishes inspired by centuries-old recipes, innovative cocktail creations and artistic patisserie, there are many stories of the people that exist behind the scenes… only at Hakkasan. In the fifteen years since the first Hakkasan opened in Hanway Place, London, eleven restaurants have followed: in the Indian city of Mumbai; in […]

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The Evolution of Ling Ling

Ling Ling, a new experience by Hakkasan, launched on the idyllic whitewashed Greek island of Mykonos last year. This year Ling Ling will open in Marrakech, in the opulent surroundings of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. To celebrate this opening, Hakkasan is featuring a cocktail flight illustrating the Evolution of Ling Ling. Eder Neto, Head of […]

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The history of tea

Tea plays an integral role in Chinese society, and has done for thousands of years. It is believed that China introduced the rest of the world to tea via the renowned Silk Road trade route that connected the huge country to Russia and the Middle East (and from there to Europe). In fact, its production […]

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The number eight in Chinese culture

Many cultures associate with numerology, but none more so than the Chinese, where certain numbers hold a special meaning as they are believed to be auspicious (吉利). Some numbers hold more significance than others because of their double meaning, believed to bring good fortune and luck. Like much of Chinese culture, numbers are associated with […]

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Creativity in the cocktail industry

In order to become a successful bartender at Hakkasan, it is essential to have an exceptionally creative imagination and a tenacious passion to succeed. Drew Mallins, Bars Manager in the Middle East, honed his skills at the original, Hakkasan Hanway Place in London, where many of Hakkasan’s bartenders begin their journey, before moving to Qatar […]

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The culinary influence of Chef Tong’s mother

Chinese cuisine is sometimes described as the “Mother of Asian Cuisine”: it’s one of the world’s most ancient gastronomies, and its influence has spread across mountains and jungle, rivers and cities to impress upon the rest of the world with its complex flavours and diverse ingredients. Its cultural authenticity is recognised even today, with many […]

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The symbolism inherent in Chinese New Year cuisine

The many celebrations during Chinese New Year focus on family reunion, with people travelling across the country to visit the provinces they grew up in and the families they grew up with. Many of these festivities centre on food, from the symbolism of each ingredient used in the celebratory dishes to the culinary rituals associated […]

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