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Asia de Cuba
Located within the Mondrian South Beach overlooking Biscayne Bay, this whimsical, Marcel Wanders-designed gem playfully blends Asian and Latin American cuisine. The familystyle menu boasts multicultural appetizers, such as crab croquetas and ropa vieja of duck, plus inventive entrées like the Cuban coffee-crusted rib eye glazed with Mandarin orange and gingered sherry butter. 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1940

This airy Midtown eatery specializing in Asian-inspired dishes is designed with a long, open kitchen and complementary steel and wood furniture. Executive chef Charles Lutka’s menu is peppered with small plates (think coconut-chicken curry buns, and Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bacon, and soy), as well as generous standard portions of steak chow fun noodles with veal marrow, and for brunch, the unapologetically rich udon with thick house-made bacon, aged cheddar, and eggs. 3470 North Miami Ave., Miami, 305-573-1520;

With chef de cuisine Jian Heng Loo (previously at Cassia, inside the Cappella Singapore) at the helm, Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach offers a modern take on Cantonese fare. Highlights include the delicate Peking duck with Russian Osetra caviar and the light coconut mousse dessert. A weekend dim sum lunch (held every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2:45 pm) has a die-hard following. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-276-1388

Mr Chow
Glamour is key at this South Beach staple with regally high ceilings, a 123-foot gold-leaf and Swarovski-crystal chandelier, and museum-worthy artwork by Peter Blake, David Hockney, Denise De La Rue, and Aaron Young, all part of owner Michael Chow’s private collection. Mr Chow’s authentic Beijing cuisine is equally elegant and includes sophisticated, subtly flavored classics such as Beijing duck, signature green prawns, chicken satay, and squab with lettuce. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-1695

Recently relocated to a freestanding building at the southernmost tip of Ocean Drive, Philippe has added a retractable roof to enhance its signature glossy, red, white, and black interiors. The classic, Beijingstyle menu features both the popular kung pao chicken and steamed sea bass, while desserts such as the renowned red velvet cake have a legion of fans. For nearby devotees, Philippe also has delivery service. 36 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-674-0250

Tropical Chinese Restaurant
This family-owned eatery has been plating traditional Hong Kong-style cooking since 1984, and specializes in handmade dim sum. The three-piece crispy shrimp roll and freshly steamed scallop dumplings are among the most favored on the dim sum cart, while its spicy Szechuan peppercorn fish has kept Chinese and Taiwanese dignitaries (as well as local Miami gourmands) returning for years. 7991 SW 40th St., Miami, 305-262-7576;

With celebrated outposts in London, Hong Kong, Dubai, et al., the restaurant’s location within the Epic Hotel—awash in Indonesian wood tables and earth-tone granite—is the only one in the US. Gaze outside as boats pass by on the Miami River, or watch the chefs work furiously behind the sushi counter and robata grill. The most sought-after izakaya (shareable) specialties include the watari gani maki, replete with soft-shell crab, chili, and wasabi tobiko sauce. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-577-0277;

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