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One day in South Beach - review

ladyprufrock | May 11, 201503:27 PM

Thanks to all the recs on this board we had an amazing overnight stay in South Beach on our way back home from the Caribbean. Here's where we managed to eat at during the 24 hours we had.

Lunch Saturday: Hakkasan
Hakkasan was thankfully open for lunch (staff at the door weren't sure) and we enjoyed the prix fixe menu which was a great value compared to the a la carte.
We have been to NY Hakkasan as well as two Hakkasans in London (the original near Tottenham Court Rd and Mayfair) and my impression was that the menu in Miami is more expensive than the others - I could be wrong but 12-15 USD per dim sum seemed high. Also the dim sum choices were much more limited and not as inventive. The wine menu was also challenging in that it didn't have many options under 100 and some of the wine we are familiar with were marked up very heavily.
Dim sum wise again I think London does better food. It was a nice change for us to eat dim sum after a week on a boat in the Caribbean so we enjoyed it but overall compared to the other Hakkasan branches I thought it wasn't as good.

Dinner Saturday: Bazaar
This was definitely the highlight. We visited Barcelona recently and the pa amb tomaquet was better than any of the ones we tasted in Barcelona. Other than the bread and jamon iberico we stayed at the fusion side of the menu and it was a lot of fun. Japanese peach and burrata was amazing. Every dish was very well balanced.
The wine menu has very extensive selection of Spanish wine a lot of which do not get exported outside of Spain. We did splash out more than normal but overall it was a great experience.

Lunch Sunday: Khong River
We do not get very good Asian so this was a nice finale to our trip. It was a very hot day so we didn't go with any of the recommendation but went for dumplings, Laotian drunken noodles and green papaya steak salad. All of them were full of flavours and not too sweet or cloying - I might not go for the pot stickers next time however as it was really average. I also had "bottomless" spicy bloody mary which was flavourful and definitely spicy.

So thanks for all your recs and I hope to be back soon!

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