Ever since Hakkasan opened its doors at MGM Grand two years ago, the Michelin-starred restaurant has morphed into one of the most well-known names for nightlife in town. While some will be stoked that Tiësto, Hardwell and Steve Aoki each play a night in the club to honor the second anniversary April 16-19, the real celebration starts down in the restaurant where it all began with a limited-edition, three-course prix fixe menu ($108).
Chef Ho Chee Boon’s modern Cantonese fare begins with shareable bites from a platter of dim sum, crispy tiger prawns and a spicy lamb wrap. The entire menu is served family-style; even though entrées that include steamed Dover sole with dried turnip and house made soy sauce, grilled fresh water prawns, beef tenderloin with shishito peppers and bean curd and stir-fried duck breast in a clay pot sounds like a lot, you’re sharing it with your dining companions. Dessert leads diners into more French territory with raspberry mousse with milk chocolate crémeux, hazelnut dacquoise and chocolate gelato and frozen green tea parfait with jasmine tea custard, matcha chiffon and Tahitian vanilla ice cream.
Revelers also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to toast the anniversary, or can splurge for the extravagant anniversary cocktail, a combination of muddled cucumber and shiso, hibiscus-infused Casa Dragones Blanco, Umeshu Aragoshi plum liqueur, vanilla syrup and lime juice, topped with Louis Roederer Brut Premier and sprinkled with gold flakes.
And here I thought cotton was the appropriate second anniversary gift.