Hakkasan is ultra swanky restaurant concept starting in London and bringing it’s upscale chinese fare in a mega gorgeous space to Beverly Hills. Right where it belongs.
Any restaurant spending millions on the decor are taking a huge risk. That being said, when it comes to Beverly Hills, just charge double for the food and you’re all set.
Let us fiscally foolish folks happily pay your ginormous rent.
What I love about my experience with high class Chinese is that it’s always delicious. I guess soy sauce, garlic and chili paste make everything taste amazing.
Between Mr. Chow, Chi-Lin and now, Hakkasan, I’ve yet to be disappointed by super high quality meats and exotic veggies that also look gosh durn perty.
Edamame Dumplings: Not only are these bright green wonders a sight to behold, but they taste incredible.
Hakka Noodles: These thin ramen-esque noodles are very simple (soy sauce is what I taste the most) but SO effective.
Crispy Duck Roll: Thick egg rolls packed to the gills (or beaks) with flavorful duck meat. These are a must order.
Stir-fried Black Pepper Rib Eye Beef with Merlot: Super duper tender peppery beef bites, SO good, best dish we had.
Char Sui Bao: Some of the tastiest little steamed bbq pork buns you’ll ever pop in your mouth. These are perfection.
Fruit Salad with Macadamia Nuts and Emperor Dressing: Fun chunks of festive fruit covered in a slight sesame dressing.
Guilin Chili Style Wok Fry Quail: While I loved the flavor and crispy coating, there wasn’t much meat to behold. Super messy to be eating in a nice restaurant.
Mabo Tofu: This dish was really good once you added rice, but a very odd, squishy texture on it’s own. I actually liked it with the rice, so maybe bump this up to a MEDLIGHT (if there is such a thing).
Chilean Seabass Daikon Roll: While I liked the idea of this and the flavors were light and fresh, it came out super hot and too large to just pop in your mouth (but I did anyway and burned my mouth) and yet not able to really cut each piece in half without making a mess.
Obviously, any chic restaurant is going to come at a chic price, but even by Beverly Hill’s standards, lunchtime at Hakkasan can turn into a pricy affair. Many of the meat dishes were in the high 30′s. I do think it’s worth the splurge, however. Go for it, cheapskates!
I’ve been twice since it opened (which I NEVER do) if that tells you anything.
233 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210