Hakkasan Beverly Hills Opens: Your Table Awaits!

HKBH Restaurant ImageThe Hakkasan dining experience has arrived in one America’s toniest zip codes.  Hakkasan Beverly Hills recently opened its doors for lunch and dinner, delivering a unique combination of authentic Cantonese cuisine, impeccable service, and opulent ambience.

Michelin-starred chef Ho Chee Boon has created a menu featuring Hakkasan classics, such as roasted silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey and crispy duck salad, as well as dishes conceived especially for this new location and its clientele. Hakkasan Beverly Hills will also offer a bespoke beverage menu, with an array of Asian-inspired cocktails, wine, and sakes. General Manager Albert Charbonneau notes, “We have a universal standard of excellence across Hakkasan locations, to ensure a premier consistent experience that Hakkasan guests seek. However, Hakkasan also caters to the guests and neighbors within that new location. For this reason, there will be unique approaches blended with signature elements.”

The 10,000 square foot space was conceptualized by renowned Parisian design firm Gilles & Boissier and features an intricate and sultry Shanghai Chinois-inspired aesthetic throughout, translated into contemporary design and infused with the chic style of Beverly Hills. Charbonneau says, “Beverly Hills reflects the glamour and elegance of the Hakkasan brand.” Continue Reading

On Our Plate: Fall Restaurant Weeks in Silicon Valley, Richmond, Long Island, Minneapolis, Montreal + Newport; Charlie Awards Voting, and More

Newport RW 2013Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* OpenTable is a proud supporter of Taste of the Nation Maryland. Peep some pics from this foodie fundraiser to help end childhood hunger.

* Attend the Red Bank Flavour Food + Wine Walk in New Jersey on October 20. Taste the best of Red Bank for just $35 per person.

* Help fight hunger in Boston. Purchase tickets to the Lovin’ Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party on November 10.

* Voting for the Charlie Awards is open. Find out how to vote for your Twin Cities’ food favorites and purchase tickets to the ceremony on November 17.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Farro.

* Seattle Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Snap up three courses for $28, October 13-17 and 20-24.

* Silicon Valley Restaurant Week is almost upon us. Reserve now for special three course dinners, October 16-23.

* Richmond Restaurant Week arrives next week. Order up $25.13 three-course dinners, October 21-27.

* Long Island Restaurant Week begins November 3. Enjoy 3-course dinners for just $27.95 through November 10.

* Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Restaurant Week reservations are open. Book today for $10-$20 lunches and $30 dinners, October 20-25.

* Newport Restaurant Week comes to New England in November. Don’t miss $16 lunches and $30 dinners, November 1-10.

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Tweet of the Week: Restaurants Reach More Diners with Holiday + Seasonal Promotions

Believe it or not, the holiday season is almost here. We’ve got Thanksgiving in Canada on Monday. And, Thanksgiving comes to the states on November 28– as does Hannukah (a convergence being called Thanksgivukkah, according to The Wall Street Journal), followed by all of the fun of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you’re a planner like I am, you’re probably already giving a lot of thought to your holiday dining. At OpenTable, we try to make it easy for diners to find a terrific table for every holiday through special promotion pages. We urge our restaurant partners to share their information on their holiday and seasonal offerings early and often, just like the folks at The Russian House in Austin, Texas (aka @RussianHouseATX) have. Restaurants can easily and quickly join these free promotions and reach more holiday diners by visiting Restaurant Center.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Farro

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Scallop with black farro at The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Farro is an ancient grain, as old, at least, as ancient Rome. Long the food of peasants (who always seemed to be ahead of the curve when it comes to food that is sustainable, healthful, and tasty, if you really think about it), farro has been growing in popularity in this country for the last two decades and is fast becoming a staple on restaurant menus. There seems to be a bit of controversy as to what farro really is; however, according to The New York Times, “Farro is…a plant and grain all its own.” Known as emmer wheat in English, farro is nutty in flavor, toothy in texture, and a solid source of fiber, magnesium, and vitamin B. A word of caution: farro is not suitable for those who suffer from celiac disease or gluten/wheat sensitivities. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this great-for-you grain.

AOC, Los Angeles, California: “We tried multiple dishes — the black rice with farro and Spanish fried chicken were standouts, but everything we tried was top notch. ”

* Camino, Oakland, California: “Every accompanying side was incredible! The sausage was also very good, and the farro was so crunchy and flavorful; we were amazed.”

DIG, Delray Beach, Florida: “ I had one of the specials — a trout dish that came with farro and grilled vegetables. The fish, a generous portion, was cooked en cartoccio (in paper), and was very moist. The vegetables were crisp tender, and the farro was seasoned beautifully.”

Fishing With Dynamite, Manhattan Beach, California: “The beet and farro salad was lightly dressed and balanced with creamy feta, pistachios, orange, beet chip, and arugula.”

* Flora, Oakland, California: “At my last visit, I enjoyed the farro with wild mushrooms and eggs, and ended brunch with a delicious apple cake.”

Gilt Bar, Chicago, Illinois: “The grape and farro salad was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.”

Levant, Portland, Oregon: “The special of farro and chanterelles was beautiful.”

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