Saturday, January 31, 2015

Finally, Chinese

The dude from Dim Ssam a Go-Go gives Miami a legit Chinese joint


Cuban restaurants, yeah, we've got those. Brazilian, Vietnamese, Thai all those, too. But Chinese joints here mostly sling dry fried rice and greasy noodles.

Chef Richard Hales is trying to change that with a bonkers menu at his new Midtown restaurant Blackbrick.

Hales is the guy behind the all-day-braised ribs at
Sakaya Kitchen and the Dim Ssam a Go-Go food truck. Blackbrick does table service with bills under 35 bucks.

The joint opened in the middle of Art Basel with a limited menu and continues to expand it daily. Soon, there will be dim sum brunch. Though be ready, as there are already limit-testing dishes like cold chicken thighs (very doable) and head-on duck (slightly less doable).

There are also crowd pleasers, namely The Chairman’s red-cooked pork belly, good enough to turn you Communist. And the wine list is being developed by a sommelier brought in from the friggin' 
French Laundry.

We’re a town that’ll always be known for café con leche.

Finally, we can add Gong Bao Rabbit to that list.

3451 NE 1st Ave., #103, Midtown
(305) 573-8886

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Garage; street
Best bets: The General's Florida gator with Bee Heaven Farm patty pan squash; skin-on cold chicken thighs with spring onions; The Chairman's red-cooked heritage pork belly with soy caramel and hand-torn cabbage
Hot seat: The five-seat bar that faces into the kitchen 
Nearby: Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill; Mercadito Midtown; Salumeria 104

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