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Apr 28, 2009 07:38 PM

Hakkasan Miami Beach

Obscenely expensive but some great dishes. Keep in mind that chinese food is not my specialty (I love it but I have been living here for a long time and where I have traveled I have not gone to places where chinese food is exceptional so keep my lack of experience in mind). I would love to compare the food here to the best in SF and one day when I have the time, I will.

Peking Duck - by far the most obscenely expensive dish I had (they do serve it with osteria caviar though), unfortunately it was easily the best PKD I ever had. The pancakes were awesome and the caviar (which I don't like in general) added value to the dish in both taste and texture. The duck itself was cooked to perfection. It takes an hour to prepare this dish btw so be warned. This dish is only for those that must know what the very best is no matter what price so they can compare it to other great ones. That being said, you may want others opinions first who have been around the peking duck block much more than I have before you drop 2 franklins on a dish.

Dim sum platter - again, at least twice as expensive as it should be, but they were heaven on earth. Best dim sum I ever had. Har Gau, Scallop, Veggie and possibly one other (either 6 or 8 dumplings total -2 of each) All were amazing, better than mr chu when mr chu was great and better than tropical.

Crab corn soup- really great but not worth the price to me.

Shrimp Toast - excellent, but overpriced but not as terribly so as the above dishes. I would recommend this dish as it was a lot of food relatively for the money and it was a favorite.

Shanghai Chicken Dumplings - good but nothing special, however, 6 dumplings for $8 makes it the the value champ on the menu.

Wyagu beef pot - not recommended, good but overpriced nothing special, you can do much, much better than this dish here.

Bean curd pot - mushrooms and eggplant in black bean sauce. Obscenely expensive for what we got but I would order it again it was so good. Easily the best beancurd dish I ever had. Awesome job.

Desserts - don't bother - not bad and not terribly overpriced but nothing amazing. I would skip it. I did like their molten chocolate cake more than the one at scarpetta but neither wowed me.

Bottom line. I would eat here again even though it is terribly expensive because some of the dishes are that good. I would have to say I enjoyed my meal here overall moreso than at Scarpetta which I also thought was great and possibly the top italian in miami right now.

BTW service is excellent which was a pleasant surprise given the place has been open only about a week.

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  1. I don't care how good it is, I'd rather spend money on a plane ticket to NYC or San Fran's Chinatown than give in to these unheard of, outrageous prices. What nerve!

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    1. re: HabaneroJane

      Though hakkasan is outrageously expensive in general, the peking duck is much more expensive than other menu items.

    2. 2 Bills for a Peking Duck? SERIOUS!? I just had the duck at Tropical for like $39. No caviar but...

      Did they have soup dumplings?

      Anyone found a menu online yet?

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        1. Went to the original in London last week. Also extremely expensive, even by London standards. Very good, but far from the best in London. Style and design was top notch though. Dumplings were excellent - so was the mongolian venison.

            1. re: Icantread

              Peking Duck with Caviar sounds pretty damn good.

              1. re: Icantread

                Good job herald, they highlighted the worst dish I had on the menu.

                1. re: tpigeon

                  I noticed that as well.

                  When you said the place was obscenely expensive, does that mean portions were small for what you pay? At least in the poultry $20 is annoying but not so bad, though $30++ gets steep for scallops and prawns.

                  1. re: Icantread

                    the person who wrote that review in the herald is far from a food reviewer....TPigeon, you should have that job!

                    1. re: Icantread

                      Portions are small for the most part. That's why...

                      1. re: tpigeon

                        Just looking at the price, it's not terrible. The Duck is outrageous just because of the osetra, which at retail is over $100 for an ounce.

                        I mean, the prices are expensive compare to your average American Chinese joints, but that's not the basis. If you go to an upscale Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong or Shanghai, one situated in a hotel, the price would be very comparable, and the dishes are similar to what you may see on those menus too. It's very authentic, and many are not dishes you will find in Miami, though you may see them in bigger U.S. cities.

                        Reading the menu, doesn't look like they will bring a big bowl of rice for free? Yikes!

                        1. re: tarepanda

                          I think rice is free, they ask you what kind. Not a big bowl though but you can probably get as much as you want.

                          Portion sizes are small (peking duck is not small btw), which is what makes it very expensive.

                          1. re: tpigeon

                            When I went last week the rice was an additional surcharge. not a lot, but still another $2.50 or $3.50. I forget now.

                            Portions are somewhat small, though it definitely felt quality.

                            1. re: Icantread

                              what kind of chinese restaurant charges extra for rice? That's an outrage!

                              1. re: HabaneroJane

                                The same kind that puts caviar on Peking duck and charges $195 for it.

                                1. re: HabaneroJane

                                  Outrage yes, but the Indians have been doing it for decades. To marginally justify it, the rice was really really good.

                                  1. re: Icantread

                                    Look, it is certainly not the best value on earth but the food happens to be great and you can't get chinese food as good anywhere that I know of so to me that gives it raison d'etre.

                                    1. re: tpigeon

                                      In my opinion, it's the best Chinese food I have eaten in Miami, though I have not eaten my way through 163rd street. Additionally, as full as I was when I left, I felt perfectly fine about 30 minutes afterwards. It's definitely odd to pay so much for dishes you typically pay $12, but execution-wise they did great.

                            2. re: tarepanda

                              Those prices at Hakkasan seem high even for many of the upscale hotel restaurants in Hong Kong.

                    2. TP...I went to Hakkasan this past weekend. Based on your review we ordered the Dim Sum platter and the Peking duck. Expensive , but delicious ! After reading your post about an hour wait for the duck I ordered it when I made the reservaton. This cut the wait time in half. For desert we shared a pandan souffle which was lighter than air ! Overall we had a great meal and will definately be going back. The menu seems to offer lots of interesting dishes. Thanks for your review.

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                      1. re: ripano

                        Glad you liked it. The menu is large so I can imagine besides the wagyu beef there may be other items on the menu which are not amazing. I did not do the pandan souflle unfortunately and I was not wowed by my desserts, so I will try that next time. The key to this place is picking out the gems as the menu is very large.

                        I really think they should serve coconut buns for dessert btw. I bet they would do an amazing job (perhaps they have no way to bake them though.,..).

                        1. re: tpigeon

                          said one Chinese person regarding Hakkasan, "Chinese people wouldn't pay this much for Chinese food."