China Grill Miami Beach**
404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

China Grill has endured the test of time and , for good reasons, it is as popular today as it was then.  























by Simone Zarmati Diament
 Soon after opening in 1995, and before the glass, onyx and pink limestone building on the corner of Washington and 5th that marks the beginning of SoBe — South of Fifth — even sported a sign, China Grill generated plenty of excitement as it epitomized a style of dining that has been duplicated by many.

We all know that fame and popularity do not always correlate with quality — since then, Jeffrey Chodorow and China Grill Management have opened and closed a lot of restaurant — but China Grill has endured the test of time and is as popular today as it was then.  

The cocktail list is almost as long as the wine list and the bar overlooking the open kitchen does brisk business from happy hour with cocktail specials, half priced sushi and appetizers, till the wee hours. The animated 250-seat main dining room with multilevel platforms and marble mosaic floors with citations from Marco Polo's travel diaries crackles under funky light fixtures.  

But it is the menu, dramatically-presented dishes both oriental and western served in and generous portions meant to be shared family-style, and Chef Keyvan Behmam who has been ruling in the kitchen for 12 years who are the big attractions here.


We were in for a feast starting with a colorful riceless sushi, a soy bean wrap filled with tuna, cream cheese avocado and tobiko; well-balanced flavors and textures served in an iridescent blue dish.

Then came the hot spicy beef and scallion dumplings in a light soy ginger broth around a cool watercress and pepper salad tossed with kimchi and rice noodles which refreshed the palate as it elevated the dumplings to a delicious treat.  That alone was worth a visit to China Grill.

One of the signature appetizers, the lobster pancakes;  thin scallion pancakes wrapped around sautéed lobster, shiitake mushrooms and jalapeño and dressed in chili coconut sauce, offers spiciness which stands up against the sweetness of the lobster.  In the Curried chicken satay, beautifully charred chicken tenderloins are lacquered to a duck shine and set over lo mein noodles in peanut sauce.

A tall, elegant and thin lady at the next table gasped when her order of salad arrived: a mountain of fresh greens studded with cashews, crispy wontons and chicken.  For salad lovers there is also Peking Duck Salad (roast duck with radicchio, frisee, toasted almonds, and fried wonton, tossed in sweet/sour tangerine dressing), Kobe beef tartare with Chinese mustard sauce, and china Grill’s famous sea salt-sprinkled crispy flash-fried spinach leaf chips.

And the appetizer menu goes on and on, a cross section between Chinese, Grill and Fine Dining. Not being able to try them all at once, it’s a good reason to come back.

But luckily China Grill Miami Beach is now offering a  $22 Executive Lunch Menu and a $36 Classics Tasting Menu at dinner with dishes such as Shanghai Lobster with ginger, curry and crispy spinach; Korean Kalbi Rib Eye with truffled artichoke-potato hash; and Wild Mushroom Profusion Pasta with sake Madeira cream sauce. First courses and salads include the Grilled Lamb Spare Ribs with plum and sesame glaze; Tempura Sashimi with hot mustard champagne sauce; and a Peking Duck Salad.  Half portions are also available along a choice of sides such as wasabi mashed potatoes, crispy spinach and five vegetable fried rice.   There is also a vast choice of sushi selections including sashimi and creative signature rolls.


I can list them all — Moroccan lamb ossobuco with Imperial cousous and Asian dry cherry glase; duck two ways with chocolate-orange sauce and spicy hoisin sauce; or Shanghai lobster  and sake marinated drunken chicken with ponzu sauce and Asian slaw — but to be honest, after all the appetizers we had, we only had room for a tasting of plump grilled garlic shrimp over black fettucini and red curry coconut sauce and a thick slab of moist and flaky Curry miso black cod with sweet soy glazed Chinese Broccoli to temper the sweetness, tempura-fried long beans and a tart yuzu miso butter sauce.

Most people come to China Grill specially for the huge and thick 36 oz. beef steak, a cross between a bistecca fiorentina and a whole cow with sides of  lobster mashed potatoes and five vegetable fried rice or duck fried rice, but the menu is an endless temptation of dishes redolent of the spices of Orient and Asia, surprising, playful and all deeply satisfying.


All this sounds like a bit too much, but not if you’re a party of four or six or more.  Everybody will get a kick out of demolishing the Bananas in a Box and will enjoy tea served in a cast iron teapot with cheesecake potstickers presented in a bamboo steamer. These are not desserts for the faint of heart, but a good source of energy for those who plan to party all night. 

China Grill Miami Beach
404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139


Hours of operation: Lunch: Monday through Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm. Dinner: Monday through Thursday 6 pm – 12 am; Friday & Saturday 6 pm – 1 am; Sunday 5 pm – 10 pm. Daily happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m., with 2-for-1 drinks and cocktail specials and half-off sushi and appetizers; half-off Wine on Tuesdays

Reservations: 305.534.2111, 




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