Behind decorative white lattice, in a space next door to the MGM building on North Beverly Drive, lies Hakkasan. For the uninitiated, the company—which opened its first location in London in 2001—brands itself as modern Cantonese, but food is often not the sole focus at Hakkasan. Through its design and layout, the restaurant offers something many guests want these days: a sense of exclusivity. Hakkasan Beverly Hills marks the brand’s eleventh location, and it’s opening right on schedule: lunch and dinner service will commence on Thursday, September 19.
COO of Hakkasan Limited Nick McCabe says that as Hakkasan has entered each new market, the brand has sought to replicate the scene found at its original location. “Our London location is subterranean, which is a big part of the Hakkasan experience. We want diners to feel as though they are stepping away from their world and into ours. Of course, not every piece of real estate allows for us to build below ground. But I think our designers, Gilles & Boissier, were able to capture that feeling in Beverly Hills.”