After a lovely long holiday in Cape Town, I was glad to be splitting up the week by taking a trip to Qatar to honour the forthcoming Chinese New Year holiday with Hakkasan Doha, a celebration which has long been a tradition of the brand.
This Chinese New Year, Hakkasan restaurants around the world celebrated the Year of the Rooster with a limited edition menu, exclusive cocktail and dessert. All 11 Hakkasan restaurants continued to honour the Chinese wishing tree tradition inspired by the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees in Hong Kong, where with every menu, you get to write you own wish for the new year and tie it onto the Hakkasan lattice cages for the world to see (fingers crossed mine comes true!).
Available until 11th February, the menu began with a delicious Waltzing Collins cocktail featuring Peruvian pisco and sake, as well as Chinese New Year fruits like mandarin, which symbolised luck for the new year. The cocktail was decorated with a striking golden rooster money pin to celebrate the Chinese zodiac, inspired by the ‘waltz’ that the rooster performs whilst trying to attract a female – a classy touch!
From there, we moved onto the Fortune tale which initiated the start of the Chinese New Year feast, a traditional Chinese prosperity salad that is tossed together at the table featuring roasted chicken, jellyfish and mooli. The dish is commonly eaten during Chinese New Year to begin the festive meal to bring prosperity and fortune.
In Doha, this was then followed by the signature Hakka steamed dim sum platter. The main dishes followed and included a delicious Steam Dover sole with pumpkin, shiitake mushroom in soya fish sauce, Wok-fry tiger prawn with lemongrass and chilli, Braised abalone with fat choy and dried oyster and Braised Chinese vegetable in bean curd skin.
The menu ended with a bang, arriving in the form of a golden speckled egg (sweet, not the protein one!), also known as the Golden feather, an innovative dessert featuring a ginger panna cotta with a gooey mandarin centre covered in caramelised white chocolate – the cracking experience alone is worth the visit!
The Chinese New Year menu is priced at QAR 448.
The St. Regis Doha
Photo credit: FlyingFoodNinja