At Hakkasan, traditional Chinese cuisine is reinvented in terms of taste and appearance, in a luxurious and glamorous location.
If you happen to be in Shanghai you must go to this restaurant! It is in an elegant building on the Bund 18, and this location in the historical area of the city, along the left bank of the Huangpu, provides a fantastic view of the skyline of the skyscrapers of Pudong, the financial district. The ambience is very luxurious and glamorous, with meticulous attention to detail, from the table-setting to the soft lighting. Wooden booths create a sense of intimacy for a lunchtime break, or for an elegant and totally relaxing evening.
But the real appeal of the restaurant, which is part of the international Hakkasan chain, is the menu: traditional Cantonese dishes revisited with a touch of class. These innovative dishes have been designed by the Michelin star chef Tong Chee Hwee: his creations are a celebration of typical Asian ingredients combined with ingredients from top-level western cuisine: fusion style, with sophisticated taste which is the identifying feature of the restaurant. You can try traditional shrimp dim sum vapour-cooked with foie gras, or crispy duck with black truffle, or cod fillet with champagne and Chinese honey.
Restaurant Hakkasan, at Number 18 the Bund, in Shanghai. The view toward Pudong, from the bar area of the restaurant
Open-work wooden booths mark out the space
A luxurious and glamorous setting, with soft lighting
One of the private rooms in the restaurant, for convivial business lunches