Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Miami Beach: China Grill
My friends took me to China Grill in Miami Beach, an outpost of the New York restaurant that was frequented by New York power brokers. We decided to have the tasting menu, which turned out to be more of a gorging menu. We were stuffed by the time we left. But that is not to imply that the food suffered. We tried too many dishes for me to remember, but several stuck with me. Their salad sampler had three different salads on one plate. They managed to infuse these salads with an amazing variety of tastes, including spicy, and the calamari garnish on one of them was excellent. I'm always a sucker for the crispy fried spinach. The beef was extremely tender. And the dessert, a sort of vertical banana cream pie, was exciting to watch and a great cap-off to the meal. My only complaint is that the chopsticks are really for show---a lot of the food, including the nonsticky rice, can't be eaten with chopsticks.