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Doing Miami Spice at Mr. Chow

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(This post was originally in the Forum, and was promoted to the main blog because it provides great value and interest to our community.)

Miami Beach is a town where restaurants are often in the news. This certainly has been the case for Mr. Chow. The much anticipated Miami Beach branch of this famous establishment has been the subject of stories, interviews, and reviews. Miami Spice affords many people the opportunity to dine in places that they perhaps not normally feel comfortable. It is within this context, and how it affects my overall view of the restaurant, that I would like to discuss Mr Chow.

A 5-Star Meal for a 3-Star Price

Briefly, I had a 5 star experience in a 5 star restaurant for a 3 star price. You should check this place out not only during Miami Spice, but later in the year as I plan to do!

Mr Chows setting is elegant, Host staff makes you feel welcome from the beginning. The space is beautiful but we chose to eat outside in a wonderful ‘cabana.’

There are a number of people who attend to your needs while at the table including bus staff and a head waiter and assistant wait staff. All are on the ‘same page,’ seems to know exactly what you are ordering and where you are in your meal.

Mr Chow Embraces Miami Spice

Clearly your head waiter is the point person. This is where everything that I found impressive started. When we were given our menus, the miami spice menu was offered and explained at the same time. In fact, our waiter suggested that the spice menus was a value essentially too good to miss. Interestingly, Mr Chow offers numerous price-fixe options that were reviewed to aid us in our choices.

Within the spice menu, vegetarian options were offered (without prompting) and taken advantage of by us. Our order was taken, without notes, and presented flawlessly. The impeccable service continued unabated for the entire meal. Always there at what seemed to be the perfect time, but never intrusive.

High marks for the ‘squab,’ Mr Chow noodles (done vegetarian for us), the bass, and the famous Ma Minion. The food was all, very fresh, flavorful, yet (thankfully) not drowned in sauce. The bright, fresh, crispy vegetables and the rice (again choosing the vegetarian option), were also wonderful. Dessert was light and perfect. The only minor flaw was including an 18% tip in the bill. As one who always tips 20%, I find this somewhat condescending, especially at a 5 star restaurant. Nevertheless, I added my additional 2-3% and really felt that the wait and bus staff were outstanding.

The meal and experience were great. The people at Mr Chow seem to understand Miami Spice and have gained a frequent customer! Yes, Mr Chow has a great deal of WOW!

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Mr Chow’s Miami Spice Menu

Whole Table Served Family Style.

Each guest choose 1 dish from each course - Maximum of 4 dishes from each course per table.

First Course

Choice of:

  • Jade Water Dumplings
  • Squab with Lettuce
  • Chicken Satay
  • MR CHOW Noodles

Second Course

Choice of:

  • Steamed Sea Bass Filet
  • Ma Mignon
  • Velvet Chicken
  • Green Prawns

Served with:

  • Sautéed Rice
  • Vegetable in Season

Third Course

  • Mixed Sorbet
  • Ice Cream

$35 per Guest for Food Only.

(2 guests minimum - Limited to items listed above – NO SUBSTITUTIONS)

Drinks, Tax, plus 18% Gratuity are Additional

20% Service Charge for Parties of 6 or more

The Miami Spice Menu is not available Friday and Saturday.

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Mr. Chow Miami
W South Beach
2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 695-1695

Related Categories: Miami: Food & Restaurant News, Miami: Things to Do,

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4 Comments on

"Doing Miami Spice at Mr. Chow"

Gingiebunny says:

I’d like to know what a Jade water dumpling is..something green with water chestnuts?

Posted on 08/19/2010 at 3:24 PM

rk says:

Thanks for the review. Interesting how the menu says “NO SUBSTITUTIONS” in block letters yet you were offered that choice. Also I would much rather have the waiter write everything down in clear language rather than relying on memory. Will give it a try though based on your review. Have been a bit reluctant as they got bad reviews on Tripadvisor, Yelp, and Chowhound. Possibly some people were expecting too much, and others just got the B-level waitstaff.

Posted on 08/20/2010 at 3:18 PM

Fox says:

Well written review.  I am intrigued to check out the Wow of Mr. Chow.  I will be going with Mr. Chow Noodles as well.  My question is whether the wait staff has nice ear rings or not.  I feel this is important for a complete 5 star experience.

Posted on 08/24/2010 at 3:27 PM

Matt Meltzer says:

Yo, Fred, I gotta respectfully disagree. I went to Mr. Chow on Monday. We were seated quickly, but the servers took a looooong time to get us any attention. like 10 minutes, and nobody had said anything. Which to me is inexcusable. After that they were attentive, but tried to steer us away from the Miami Spice menu. Then when my friend wanted to order something off the regular menu, they informed me I had to do the same. Now, I know that’s printed on their Miami Spcie menu, but I am NOT a fan of restaurants that tells diners how they should eat. If I don’t want to do your “sharing” thing, that’s up to me. And even if I’d wanted to order from the regular menu, their coursed meals had the same 2 person minimum policy.

The chicken lettuce cups were delcious, though the Mr. Chow noodles were nothing better than what you get a PF Changs. The Ma Mignon was good, but again they would not cook it well done. DON’T TELL ME HOW TO EAT. MR CHOW!!! The velvet chicken looked like noodles and tasted like fish. And I hate fish.

The Ice Cream was very good though. The wines were’nt bad, but extremely overpriced for what they were. All in all, the food wasn’t bad. But they need a lot more attentive service and more flexibility on how you can order.

Posted on 08/27/2010 at 4:37 PM

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