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Mr. Chow South Beach

HabaneroJane | Aug 23, 200907:55 AM

Ate there last night. Room is stunning and feels very opulent with waiters in white tuxes...but in this economy it felt overindulgent and excessive. They start off by carting bottles of champagne to your table and offering you, at the very least, $30 a glass. The prices are conveniently discreetly turned away. The menu is, again, like Hakkasan and Philippe, fancy Chinese food with outrageous prices. We asked the waiter to recommend spicy food and we ended up having the 'chef' choose for us. There are several kinds of prix fixe options there, mainly two sides, two mains, two appetizers at $60 a person. Not one item was spicy and I went thru three bowls of chili sauce. Pork dumplings were mushy...they gave us what seemed to be a meat empanada that was burnt and tasteless...and, hello, the main course--an orange/mango chicken dish? Meh! Sweet and mushy. They also served us their signature green prawns which after bowls of hot sauce tasted decent. Some green beans with garlic and white rice with shrimp were our sides. Sides were tasty. No room or desire for dessert--but we should have. Two MINUTES later, I was still hungry and I am a petite person who weighs less than 110 lbs. Bill , tax and auto tip included, three of those glasses of champagne at $30 a pop and one glass of wine (which reminds me, when I declined the second glass of bubbly I asked to see a wines by the glass list.Waiter says, oh, i can tell you --we have chardonnay, pino noir, blah blah.I was like what kind of each? Long story short, I settled on a glass of Jordan chard) and the grand total was $292 for two people and for Chinese that, again, I could get at PF Chang. Points for service, decor and vibe, but again, it behooves me to spend so much on something that doesnt need a second mortgage to pay for.

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