It’s already found in The Shard in London, and has outlets in New York, Miami and Hong Kong…

DIFC’s dining scene is thriving. As well as being home to long-standing success stories like Zuma, Le Petit Maison and Roberto’s, it’s recently welcomed an influx of new concepts including Madrid’s Amazonico, Marea from New York, Shanghai Me and Saltbae Burger.

But, it’s set to welcome one more, as famed upscale Chinese restaurant, Hutong, is opening soon in the city’s financial centre. Hoarding has gone up on the edge of Gate Village, just off the roundabout where DIFC Gate 1 entrance is, advertising that the “occasionally firey” restaurant is coming soon.

While we don’t know exactly when the new concept will open, it’s likely to be sometime early next year.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Hutong is an upscale Chinese restaurant that focuses on Northern Chinese cuisine. Taking inspiration from the dishes served in the imperial palaces of what was then Peking, the menu covers all the bases of core Chinese cuisine; dumplings, dim sum, barbecue, plus a range of seafood, meat, vegetarian and tofu dishes.


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In London, the restaurant opens for lunch and dinner, while the bar is open daily from noon for afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and beverages by the bar, while the original in Hong Kong also serves up an 18-course brunch. We hope they’ll be bringing both to their Dubai outpost.

Part of the aqua restaurant group, Hutong was founded in Hong Kong in 2003, with the London branch opening in The Shard in 2013. Hutong New York opened in the summer of 2019, while Hutong Miami opened only a couple of weeks ago, at the start of November.

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