South Florida’s Go-To Asian Restaurant: China Grill
Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 01:30 PM | Cyndi Amaya
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We all look for that one Asian restaurant that claims to master all types of Asian cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, and Thai. But what if you wanted not only that, but also a great ambiance, a complete bar, and excellent service? For years, people of South Florida have known China Grill as the spot to go to get all of these qualities. With their modern and upscale décor, China Grill is a great place to get that Asian food you crave without having to go to some run-down little hole in the wall. It’s an upscale venue with upscale versions of favorite Asian classics.

Conveniently located in both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, China Grill has served South Florida customers for years. The Fort Lauderdale location overlooks the Marina, while the ample outdoor seating in Miami allow for al-fresco seating in either venue. Both, however, do have chic and modern indoor furnishings that will set an elegant mood to whatever occasion you may be celebrating. From an intimate evening to a family or group affair, China Grill can accommodate your party in one of their appropriate dining areas.

When it comes to their menu, as stated earlier, China Grill has something to offer every taste in Asian fare. They have an extensive dinner menu and Sushi menu with signature China Grill favorites. The Sushi bar offers properly-prepared classics like Temaki and Nigiri Sashimi Rolls; the Hamachi and Maguro being my favorite Sashimi pieces. While their Maki Rolls are truly one-of-a-kind and present several surprises in each one. The Kaleidoscope Roll, for example, is a riceless roll with tuna, white tuna, salmon, avocado, tobiko, spicy mayo & sesame yuzu, all wrapped in yellow soy paper which give it a combination of unique flavors that I have yet to find in another sushi roll. Another roll that is not to be missed is their famous Three Headed Dragon, which is comprised of the Dragon, Red Dragon, and Golden Dragon rolls. This exuberant sushi roll has everything from Alaskan King Crab, tempura shrimp and lobster, mango, avocado, red Thai curry sauce, soy bean paper, and even gold flakes! There is literally something for everyone in this one roll!

As for their dinner menu, China Grill has some impressive options that can satisfy any particular Asian craving you have. Some Thai favorites on the menu include their Thai Shrimp Cocktail, Curried Chicken Satay, and Grilled Garlic Shrimp. China Grill’s Lobster Pancakes is a signature dish that combines different Far East flavors by combining tender lobster with wild mushrooms, red chili, coconut milk wrapped in a thin Crepe-like pancake.  Some other favorite dishes on the menu are their Grilled Szechuan Beef, Sake Marinated “Drunken” Chicken, and Barbecued Wild Salmon. One of my favorites is the Curry Miso Black Cod; the perfectly-cooked cod sits in a sweet and buttery yuzu-miso sauce that is sure to become one of your favorites as well. China Grill also serves intriguing accompaniments including their Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, Duck Fried Rice, Crispy Spinach, and the Stir Fried Spicy Chinese Long Beans. All of these dishes offer a taste into the Far East, yet with modern presentations that bring that upscale essence into play.

China Grill also offers a great Happy Hour special from 5-7pm on week days, which includes half off sushi and appetizers plus 2-for-1 drinks. It’s a grand way to try a few of their beloved dishes at half the price! So next time you can’t decide which particular Asian specialty you’re craving for, head over to China Grill for a taste of all of them in that classic South Florida restaurant setting that you’re used to.

For more information about China Grill and its various locations, visit:

China Grill Fort Lauderdale

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel
1881 SE 17th Street 
(under the northwest side of the causeway bridge)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
P  954.759.9950

China Grill Miami

404 Washington Avenue
At Fifth Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
P  305.534 .2211

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