written earlier about the Miami Beach branch of Hakkasan, a spinoff of the London original which we visited several years ago. I noted then that it was a "serious bummer" that the lunchtime dim sum menu available in London was not being offered here in Miami. Happily, that oversight has now been remedied, and the dim sum menu is now available Saturdays and Sundays. I tried it this weekend with my usual dim sum companions, Frod Jr. and Little Miss F.
The Miami dim sum menu is, perhaps unsurprisingly, more abbreviated than the one you will find in London. While the London menu offers nearly 40 different smaller items, exclusive of roasted meats, soups, vegetables, noodle and rice dishes and more entrée-style dishes, the Miami menu offers only about half that many - more of a "best hits" compilation, with a few twists here and there.
an earlier visit and I thought then they were a great bargain (relatively speaking) at $8 for 6 pieces. The pricing of $6 for 3 pieces on the dim sum menu was less appealing (more on prices generally later).
Hong Kong Noodles, then gone. Mr. Chu's on South Beach used to have them, but closed. Hakkasan now has them, though I nearly didn't recognize them under the moniker "siew long bun" - I was glad I asked. These magical little creatures, whose praises I've sung before, have, in addition to ginger-inflected minced pork, hot broth encased within, which gushes out as you bite the dumpling skin. These were a very good rendition - perhaps not quite as good as those at Yank Sing, but certainly better than some we've had in other San Francisco dim sum houses.
We added on a yang chow fried rice to round out the meal, which was pleasantly light and un-greasy, and generously studded with small shrimp, slivers of egg and bits of char siu pork. Aside from dumplings, you can also order several different roasted items (duck, chicken, pork), congee (rice porridge soup), and a few choices of noodle dishes and entrées.
So was it the best dim sum I've ever had? No (though it is possible the London original might get that honor). Is it the best dim sum in Miami? Depends what you care about. Certainly, it is hands down the nicest place to have dim sum in Miami - I noted earlier how effectively they've duplicated the "high class opium den" look and feel of the London original. And some things were excellent: I loved the turnip cakes and the gai lan, and I'm thrilled to have a local source for xiao long bao again. But other items, like the shrimp har gow, were not appreciably better than what you would find at Tropical, and indeed some like the shiu mai were worse.
And the prices are, well, off the charts. What you see here, plus a pot of tea, ran about $100 (including tip) - which is nearly double our usual bill at Tropical (particularly if you also add in the $10 valet, which is the discounted rate after validation from the restaurant). Prices for most dim sum items run in the range of $6-$8 per order, which usually consists of 3-4 pieces - which is probably a good 25-50% higher than what you'll find elsewhere. So this is not your typical low-budget weekend dim sum fest. But for something a bit more posh, and certainly well within the range of a typical Sunday brunch, the Hakkasan dim sum brunch is a unique alternative.
4401 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 31340