Languorously paced and fine, fresh fare emblematic of Chinese family style dining are on display at Hakkasan, the Fontainebleau’s sexiest new restaurant. The London import is the creation of Michelin-starred Alan Yau, a Hong Kong native whose restaurants are known for exquisite food and a nightclubby vibe. Overseen by corporate executive chef Lee Che Liang, chef de cuisine Wen Ten Sian treats the quality ingredients with the delicate respect they deserve. And, yes, prices are high, ameliorated somewhat by abundant sharing options, from the most basic lemon chicken at $18 to the $195 Peking duck.
Hidden away on the fourth floor of the hotel, the gorgeous dining room is actually a maze of rooms divided by delicately carved teak screens that lend a seductive privacy. A clutch of pretty hostesses in hot pink Alexander McQueen dresses will help you find your way. Moody lighting conjures welcome images of the sea in a cavelike space that doesn’t offer a glimpse of water or sand. (A terrace dining room is due to open in the fall.)
Hakkasan at Fontainebleau Miami Beach