It’s been a hit in London for years, making its inaugural debut at Miami’s Fontainebleau with an even showier dining room that’s yet to garner the Michelin stars but has definitely caught the attention of starry locals and even the NY Times. Think of it as Mr. Chow but a lot better in the kitchen and in an even catchier dining room that invests as much in the menu as it does in the guest list. The decor marries futuristic Matrix with tumbled-stone sushi dining room for a flashy Asian eatery with hand carved woods and lofty design elements that doesn’t look perhaps as high-end as it tastes. A galley-style bar is also available for solo dinners along a long illuminated front and mahogany surface with preening staff and flirty singles scene through the late-evening.
A lengthy dinner menu of well-priced dim-sum style specialties begins with an impressive presentation of Peking duck with 30g dollop of golden Osetra caviar plopped on each portion. Salt and pepper squid and fried soft-shell crab with chili are a feel-good alternative to more healthy appetizers like wild mushroom lettuce wraps and steamed scallops with garlic. Soup course shouldn’t be missed, especially given the limited salads, with hot and sour or lobster chive or impressive sweet corn with crab. Main course is divided between meat or tofu or vegetable with crispy Szechwan beef and braised lamb in a clay pot being staff favorites while vegetarians seeking out Mabo tofu or stir-fry pumpkin in black bean sauce.
Don’t miss the dim-sum lunch on weekends from 12-3pm with specials on most menu items every Saturday and Sunday.