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If you love Chinese cuisine, then you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Hakkasan Miami when in Miami. Here are five things to know about the restaurant in Fontainebleau Miami Beach:
1. Hakkasan Miami specializes in upscale Cantonese cuisine. The cuisine here is inspired by the Guangdong Province and Hong Kong. Cantonese cooking is noted for its soups, seafood and banquet-style dishes. While you’ll still find appetizers and entrées on the menu, the meal is best appreciated when shared — so go with a group and order several dishes.
2. Hakkasan Miami does dim sum. Its dim sum, which translates to “a little piece of heart” in Cantonese, is served every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2:45 p.m. It includes a unique selection of seared, fried and steamed dumplings, though you’ll also find various cheung fun (rice paper rolls), congee (rice porridge) and wok-fried dishes.
3. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant’s name has special meaning. It pays tribute to the Hakka people from the New Territories of Hong Kong, while the “san” is the respectful Japanese form of address.
4. Most of the menu is familiar, but you’ll find lesser-known dishes, too. Why not break out of your crispy chicken with orange sauce or stir-fried lobster with xo sauce comfort zone? Now’s the time to try braised Japanese abalone with sea cucumber or braised luffa melon with crispy scallops.
5. Fontainebleau’s Hakkasan Miami was the location of the first American outpost of this mini-chain, which was founded in London in 2001 by Alan Yau. You’ll also find branches in Mumbai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and New York.