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Sep 19, 2013 12:45 PM

Peking Duck For $288 at Hakkasan

Just checked out the menu for this new, glam restaurant opening today in Beverly Hills. Prices are in the stratosphere (with exception of $3.00 rice. )It will be interesting to see if this restaurant draws Urusawa customer base. I doubt it

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  1. Went to the one in Miami 2 weeks ago. Everything is about 3-6x markup. Not many choices for Chinese food in Miami so they can get away with that in Miami. Not sure you could justify that kind of markup here.

    The one surprise was the congee with preserved eggs and pork. At $8, I expected a shot sized amuse bouche portion. It was a massive bowl. The texture on the congee was actually pretty good. Too much sesame oil though for my tastes.

    My Miami writeup:

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    1. re: Porthos

      Thanks for your review. I don't think I would be able to ignore the prices. I am glad you enjoyed your meal.

      1. re: Porthos

        similarly, i've had the mapo tofu at the san francisco branch. ~$13 for a decent size, very filling, very good version of it.

        1. re: Porthos

          off topic, but lung gong in miami is pretty great even by LA standards - use the chinese menu. not too far from the airport.

        2. I enjoyed the one in Las Vegas. The pipa duck was fantastic. Prices are steep though.

          1. Not comparing taste (I have tried none of them) but the Peking Duck at Chi-Lin and at Mr. Chow both are $68. I dont see these price points flying. Plus, at least from the outside, Hakkasan appears to be much larger than Urusawa. Beverly Hills desperately needs a good Chinese since the demise of The Mandarin, but not at those prices.

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              1. re: Thor123

                Comparing locations, BH vs SGV, $68 for Peking Duck at Chi-Lin or Mr. Chow is reasonable. As both Ji Rong and Duckhouse charges $35+ for their basic Peking Duck dish with a one hour pre-order. Perhaps one can order Peking Duck without fish eggs for much less at H.

                1. re: FallingLeaves

                  Speaking of Chi Lin, after only 2 months, Yujean Kang left, and no one representing the restaurant wants to talk about it..


                  1. re: FallingLeaves

                    So I had the misfortune of having to dine at Mr. Chow and then Hakkasan within a week.

                    Food at Hakkasan is superior by far.

                    Regarding the duck at Mr. Chow. It's $68 per person, 3 person minimum so that makes it $204. Sans caviar.

                    Hakkasan does have a roasted duck (about 1/3-1/2 portion of whole duck) with truffles at $68. Duck was very well done with crispy lacquered skin, pretty much devoid of fat. Very much like good Peking duck. Strong truffle flavor with a few slices of fresh black summer truffles. Clear step up from Sam Woo. 3-4 times better? Obviously not.

                    "Sanpai" seabass was also very good. Very spot on sanbei flavors.

                    Vegetarian dim sum platter also impressive. Good flavors from the mushroom dumplings and the truffle tofu wrapped in beancurd should be on every menu in SGV (minus the truffle oil).

                    Wine list also much better than Mr. Chow's. There were a couple of Chinese tourists in the dining room last night. Food is very good here. Just 2-4x overpriced.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      thanx for the report back Porthos! :>

                      so you "only" had to pay $68 for a 1/3 or 1/2 portion of roast duck (yikes)... so what was the original poster's topic about? Did Hakkasan remove the $288 version of a whole Peking Duck?

                      1. re: chowseeker1999

                        The $288 version was doused in caviar.

                        1. re: Thor123

                          Exactly. The $288 version is still there. But it comes with caviar.

                          1. re: Thor123

                            doused in caviar sounds pretty disgusting.

                            damn, for 288 bones i'd rather hit up Yamakase or Shunji in the height of fugu season.

                              1. re: ns1

                                That is definitely gilding the lilly.

                                I want nothing and I really mean nothing to detract from that ultra crisp skin.

                                Nuff said.

                  2. Kind of obvious, but I am confused - this is not the Beijing place that is supposed to open in Century City Mall, correct?

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                    1. My understanding of Hakkasan is it's more of a lounge than a restaurant. So $288 for that peking duck might not be so bad if you're about to open up an Ace of Spades magnum with your agent.

                      Is this not correct?

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                      1. re: ns1

                        Vegas branch aside, they are first and foremost a restaurant.

                        1. re: Porthos

                          maybe that's why; I only know the Vegas branch.

                        2. re: ns1

                          I guess this is where the saying "Adding insult to injury" comes from..


                          1. re: Servorg

                            Keeping in mind Ace of Spades is a $40 champagne, other sayings like "one born every minute" and "...and his money are soon parted" also come to mind.

                            1. re: Porthos

                              Although, if you are waiting tables, and get a $22,000 plus tip on just one check you are probably going to be quite glad about the foolishness that abounds when you are handed more money than brains...

                              1. re: Servorg

                                I think I may just have a new jobey job.

                              2. re: Porthos

                                Are you saying its a $40 value in a $200 package ?

                              3. re: Servorg

                                Unless Chicago is a duty free zone, the receipt is bogus.

                              4. re: ns1

                                Think what you will. Chef Ho Chee Boon is the real deal.

                                His tasting menu at the Las Vegas branch of Hakkasan at the MGM was one of the best meals I've had in 2013.

                                ... As long as he's cooking. (You hear that, Sergio?!)