Must try: Top Chinese restaurants in the region
The flavours of the Orient
The Chinese New Year is upon us and as we welcome the Year of the Monkey, Buro 24/7 Middle East reveals the top five restaurants serving up the best gastronomic experiences from the Far East. Think crispy duck, honey glazed back cod and Kong Po lobster from Dubai to Riyadh.
Arguably one of the premier luxury Chinese restaurant chains in the world, Hakkasan Dubai offers a Chinese New Year menu by international executive Chef Ho Chee Boon that mixes traditional with a touch of Western indulgence. Expect to be served crispy duck with caviar or wok-fried lobster in spicy truffle sauce. Central to the New Year theme at Hakkasan is the practice of guests writing their hopes for the upcoming year and then hanging them within the restaurant. As a token of the festivities, guests will bring home a Year of the Monkey commemorative coin.
Hakkasan Dubai is located in Emirates Towers Hotel. For reservations, call +971 4 384 8484.
Perfectly embodying its name, Li Jiang, which means beautiful river, is set against the canal in Abu Dhabi and offers stunning views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The menu is just as spectacular with dumplings, noodles and seafood featuring heavily. Popular dishes include the soft shell crab as well as the honey glazed black cod. With an open kitchen that showcases live cooking, experience Chinese tradition, infused with modern twists, the Li Jiang way.
Li Jiang is located at the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi. For reservations, call +971 2 818 8282.
Hong, Mandarin for red, is an exclusive restaurant that seats only 60 people. In the grand setting of the red restaurant — an auspicious colour — privileged guests are treated to very traditional culinary fare. The menu includes quintessential Chinese ingredients such as abalone and ginseng. From simple steamed dumplings to their signature Kong Po Lobster dish, the restaurant promises a smorgasbord of authentic Chinese flavours, offering the best that China has to offer.
Hong is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh. For reservations, call +966 11 802 8333.
re Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck
For a Western take on classic Chinese dishes, re Asian Cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Wolfgang Puck is the place to be. The first fine-dining Asian restaurant outside the US by Puck, discerning diners can delight in a three-course Chinese New Year menu, which includes jumbo prawns, cumin-soy marinated lamb chops and monkey bread sticky cake with tangerine ice cream. Interestingly, the dessert was chosen simply because the word 'tangerine' sounds similar to the word 'monkey' in Mandarin.
re Asian Cuisine is located at the Four Seasons Manama. For reservations, call +973 1 711 5046.
Known to be the Chinese restaurant in Kuwait, Peacock has gone through a facelift and now the décor is as mystical as the food. Amidst sculptures and paintings, indulge in the BBQ Peking duck, hammour Szechuan and chicken with black bean sauce. Coupled with traditional Chinese tea, these dishes ensure you'll have one of the most authentic Chinese dining experiences anywhere in the world.
Peacock is located at Radisson Blu Kuwait. For reservations, call +965 2567 3440