Hakkasan makes stateside debut at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

(Miami Beach, FL)  Credited with single-handedly changing the face of Chinese cuisine within the United Kingdom, Hakkasan opened the first U.S. restaurant at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in April 2009.  Hakkasan, a Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant with locations in London, Abu Dhabi, and Mumbai, was the final jewel in Fontainebleau’s crown of world-class signature restaurants.  

Heading up Hakkasan’s kitchen is Fontainebleau’s Executive Chef Ooi Soon Lok, a new generation chef that uses his creativity and open mind to innovate the traditional Chinese cuisine. At Hakkasan, Chef Lok is responsible for all operations including menu design, which features modern Cantonese cuisine, as well as all staff training and food production. Dinner menu highlights include Charcoal Grilled Silver Cod with Chinese Honey and Champagne; a Black Pepper Beef Tenderloin; Crispy Duck Salad and Jasmine Tea-Smoked Ribs. The AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant is also open for traditional Dim Sum lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, serving a variety of dumplings ranging from tender to crispy, Congees with meats, poultry and vegetables, Stir Fried rice and noodles dishes, soups and vegetable sides.

Hakkasan’s award-winning wine list is unique in both structure and substance: wines are sourced from all over the world and arranged into themes, such as ‘Purity,’ ‘Terroir’ and ‘Curious Vines,’ designed to encourage diners to explore. At Hakkasan, each wine is meticulously tasted with dishes from the menu to ensure several pairing options, and both menus are designed to help customers make informed and adventurous decisions.  The famous cocktail list features freshly prepared libations made with a range of exotic fruits and Asian spices such as the house signature drink, The Hakka - a blend of vodka, Kubota sake, lychee juice, lime, coconut and fresh passion fruit.

“We were thrilled to unveil Hakkasan to the U.S. and feel the brand is the perfect addition to the new Fontainebleau,” states Thomas Connell, Executive Chef, and Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “Hakkasan’s innovative cuisine and stunning décor have helped to firmly establish Miami as a world-class dining destination.”

Famed French interior design firm Gilles & Boissier, credited with such inspired projects as Maison Boulud in Beijing, W Hotel in Shanghai and the Moncler shops, created the restaurant’s contemporary interior.  Traditional Chinese motifs such as lanterns and moucharabieh (screens) have been reinterpreted with a modern aesthetic through the use of ebony-tinted walnut, intricate lacquered latticework and hand-carved decorative teak panels. Handmade silk pendant lampshades and embroidered leather upholstery reflect the decadence associated with the Chinoiserie style.  Integral to the interior design is its adherence to the principals of feng shui, through which the energy and ambience of the space is balanced to deliver the quintessential Hakkasan experience. The result is a seductive enclave of rich textures and hues surrounded by views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hakkasan is open daily for dinner beginning at 6:00 pm. Traditional Dim Sum is served on Saturdays and Sunday from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. For more information or reservations please visit  www.fontainebleau.com or call 786.276.1388.

About Fontainebleau Miami Beach
A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than 50 years set on 22 oceanfront acres, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 new guestrooms and suites outfitted with iMacs® 12 restaurants and lounges, most notably Gotham Steak, Scarpettaand™ Hakkasan® two dynamic nightlife venues; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and co-ed swimming pools; and a dramatic oceanfront pool-scape.