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Hakkasan's Wednesday Hakkatini Night

May 11, 2016 | 12:07 Wed
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Unlike their Las Vegas chapter, the Shanghai outpost of upscale Cantonese chain Hakkasan does not have Tiësto, Aoki, Fergie, Hardwell, or Calvin Harris on DJ duty this month. What they do have is a selection of "Hakkatini" cocktails for 48rmb +10% every Wednesday night.

And complimentary snacks.

Last Wednesday around 9pm, the Bund 18 spot was still busy with diners taking their time on birds nests and abalone. The smoking bar in the back of the restaurant was completely full, as a blonde DJ played some Drake. The only place to get a drink was the long bar near the entrance.

And that's fine. The Views are nice there. Those who order a "Hakkatini" -- really just cocktails that are sometimes served in a martini glass and sometimes not -- get a bowl of olives and cashews, a shelf of desserts (including house-made Macarons), and possibly, some dim sum canapes from the kitchen. According to the staff, canapes usually come out a few times between 7-8.30pm. Having arrived after this window, I waited about an hour but none came out. Then one of the friendly bartenders brought me an entire plate of fried vegetable taro balls. Nice -- that's service worth paying 10% for.

So the Hakkatini Night menu has eight cocktails, all 48rmb +10%. The eponymous cocktail made of Absolut, Campari, Grand Mariner, apple juice, and grapefruit bitters isn't strong, but the Vermillion Rock made with Havana, Kamm & Sons, Punt e Mes, honey, and clove bitters will clear up any complaints about weak drinks.

If you're looking to have a Bund night on a Wednesday -- on the cheap -- Hakkasan is a strong look.

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