Hakkasan’s Executive Chef Andy Toh Set To Wow With An Exciting New Menu And An Unmissable Four Hands Culinary Experience With World-renowned Chef Vicky Cheng
On the heels of its one-star Michelin status, the award-winning Hakkasan Dubai is expanding its exquisite offerings with a range of new dishes from Executive Chef Andy Toh. Celebrating traditional techniques and the finest ingredients, Chef Andy has curated a menu filled with rich flavours and a nod to his roots. Highlights include the golden abalone pockets with caviar, a decadent grilled Japanese A5 striploin with local honey and xo sauce, and a wok-fry Galician wild seabass with a sour plum broth that was inspired by a hawker stall dish that was a favourite of Chef Andy’s father.
The distinct new dishes come at an exciting time for Hakkasan, with an incredible four hands culinary collaboration taking place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October with one Michelin star Chef Vicky Cheng of Hong Kong’s acclaimed VEA Restaurant. Renowned for Chef Cheng’s bi-weekly changing degustation menu and use of rare Chinese ingredients, VEA has been a mainstay on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. This will be the first time Chef Cheng has cooked for the diners of Dubai.
Taking place for two nights only, the two leading culinary talents will unite to serve an unforgettable eight-dish menu. Combining Chef Cheng’s contemporary Chinese gastronomy with Chef Toh’s modern approach to Cantonese cuisine, featuring the most exceptional ingredients, the four hands dinner promises to be a memorable experience.
Each evening, diners are invited to embark on a culinary journey, featuring specially crafted dishes delivered through the lens of each chef. Diners can expect a mix of signature and unexpected dishes from Chef Toh, including the popular Peking duck, as well as wok-fried wild carabineros with green asparagus, lily bulb and kam heong sauce. Chef Cheng’s creations include a seasonal fish with Sichuan chili oil and fermented cabbage, as well as fish maw with osetra caviar and quinoa. Both chefs will all present a special collaboration dish of beef “char siu”.
Born in Hong Kong and raised under Western influences, Vicky Cheng started off as a young chef classically trained under some of the most highly revered and respected French chefs, including Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud from New York. He acquired knowledge and principles that laid the foundation for the culinary excellence he displays at VEA Restaurant today.
In an inventive approach, Chef Cheng combines French gastronomic techniques of great precision and finesse, with an emphasis on the use of fresh, authentic and seasonal products from in and around Hong Kong, embracing his Asian roots and heritage. At VEA Restaurant, the meticulously crafted tasting menu centers around a unique culinary philosophy of “Chinese x French”. Behind each dish are Chef Cheng’s life stories that he hopes will deliver an experience that touches diners’ hearts.
After years of working and refining his culinary techniques at various kitchens overseas, Chef Cheng came back to settle in in Hong Kong in 2011. His culinary philosophy has led to great recognition, with many accolades in Asia and abroad. VEA Restaurant has held one Michelin star since 2017 and is currently #63 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. In addition, another of Chef Cheng’s restaurants, WING, also makes the list at #34 and is currently #100 on the coveted World’s 50 Best list.
Chef Andy Toh has worked with Tao Group Hospitality for the last 10 years, achieving the status of Executive Chef of Hakkasan Dubai in September 2016. Celebrated for his use of traditional techniques with very contemporary results, Chef Toh’s food celebrates the very best ingredients to highlight Hakkasan’s authentic yet modern philosophy. Guests are invited to savour delectable cuisine and try Chef Toh’s newest creations in a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.
The Four Hands Dinner with Chef Andy Toh and Chef Vicky Cheng will take place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October from 6:00pm-11:30pm at Hakkasan Dubai. The menu is priced at AED 998 per person. Seating is limited, and early reservations are highly recommended.