Hakkasan

Immaculate food and incredible ambience courtesy of the legendary Alan Yau Reviews

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There are people who understand lighting – Steven Spielberg springs to mind – and then there are people who really understand lighting. That would be Alan Yau.

The man behind Wagamama launched the Hakkasan brand in London in 2001, on a road so dingy that wandering down it you half wonder whether you should have come armed. In spite of this, and certainly helped by the Michelin star it received two years later, the place – a chic modern Chinese interpretation – became a bona fide smash, the Clooneys and Craigs of the world barging in, in search of peerless dim sum and delicious dark corners.

Those same dark corners, divided up by geometric, Oriental wooden screens, are just as present in our city’s iteration, as is that lighting, that sends beams down from bulbs suspended low over the tables, the rays reflecting up off their wooden surface and bathing its diners in a half-light so generous and forgiving you might want to take it home with you.

But enough about surface. Here is a restaurant that breathes in the depths. Of its flavours, of its standards, of its dedication, detail and decadence.

The menu is Chinese through a prism of the modern West, presented with a finesse the cuisine has never been readily associated with. Our most recent visit takes in a frankly fab four of grilled Chilean seabass with Chinese honey (as unctuous as it is faultless), wok-fry Wagyu beef with Sha Cha sauce (melts on impact), stir-fry duck with Shanghai bean sauce (a riot of spice) and a stir-fry lotus root and asparagus in black pepper dish so earth-shatteringly good it very nearly reversed our thoughts on vegetarianism.

Be nice to yourself. Go eat. And see you there next week.

The Bill (for two)
Chilean sea bass
QR255
Wok-fry Wagyu QR160
Stri-fry duck QR115
Lotus and asparagus QR70
Total QR600

The bottom line
With lighting that makes you look as good as the food tastes, this is award-winning, date night gold.

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: The St. Regis Doha, West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4446 0170
  • Travel: Street Westbay
  • Website
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Times: Open Sat-Thu 7pm-midnight, Fri noon-3.30pm
  • Price: QR500+
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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User reviews:

Posted by: Franck on 14 Mar ' 15 at 06:28

Edited by TimeOutDoha.com

I experience for the first time the Friday brunch, it was a nice atmosphere and a good food, I've been to many brunch in Doha and I have to say that in general it was a disappointment for me and my friends, Except the quality of the food we could not really understand what type of brunch we are going for, the staff told us that there is a buffet but they recommended us not to go there?!? WHY??? We could choose from a menu whatever we would like to eat and that's about it, The drinks were probably the most disappointed thing, in about 3 hours we could not have more that 3 drinks, the reason why is obviously the efficiency of the staff, one of my friend even waited one hours to received her drink!!!! Taking into consideration that the brunch including drinks cost you 450QR per person that was a big disappointment, it is suppose to be THE PLACE to go in Doha isn't it? That was the first and last time I've been there

Posted by: Ryan on 09 Aug ' 13 at 18:12

The environment was nice and new. The service was just okay for waiter, they did not mention their name and did not ask about allergens. I would like to say more about hostess, they are not very friendly and they even did not say bye to me. They asked me to leave or move to the bar later, because there are reservation guests are coming later. I did not feel well about this. Menu are variety and food are nice. However, it will be much better if the service people suggest some dishes positively. I would like to give only 3 star of 5 for this experience.

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