[Beverly Hills]

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Opening in L.A. was not a stretch for Hakkasan, which has branches in Dubai and Las Vegas. Though the over-the-top (albeit sexy) Asian nightclub design would feel more at home in West Hollywood than Beverly Hills, locals who trade their La Scala chopped salad for Hakkasan’s crispy duck version will be pleased. This is not a place for Chinese authenticity—but when has that stood in the way of deliciousness? Lobster stir-fry in XO sauce doesn’t skimp on crustaceans (nor should it at $58). What the truffle-roasted duck lacks in fungi musk it makes up for with golden skin. Cocktails deliver more surprises (and flavor) than much of the menu, so drink up. » 233 N. Beverly Dr., 310-888-8661.