Another Chu signature, which diners might recall from his South Beach spot, is "snapper supreme," in which fillets are removed from the bone, cut into pieces, battered, deep-fried, and tossed in sweet-and-sour ginger sauce. The frame of the whole fish is deep-fried into a cylinder shape that holds the snapper pieces, with fried shoelace potatoes serving as a lid. The fish was fresh and delicious, and the portion was large — yet $34 still seems pricey for a Chinese restaurant entrée (Peking duck is $40, but it's for two). In fact, prices in general are a little high for this genre of dining: Most meat, shrimp, and poultry items range from $16 to $22, while fish and lobster choices go for a market price generally in the $30 to $40 range. Desserts such as green tea ice cream or lychee sorbet are well priced at $4.

Peking duck at Chu's. View more photos at our Chu's Taiwan Kitchen and Bar slide show.
Peking duck at Chu's. View more photos at our Chu's Taiwan Kitchen and Bar slide show.

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Mr. Chu's Hong Kong Cuisine

2728 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Details

See our Chu's Taiwan Kitchen and Bar slide show.

Chu's Taiwan Kitchen and Bar: 2728 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 786-953-7351; chusgables.com. Lunch daily (except Tuesday) 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner daily (except Tuesday) 4:30 p.m. to midnight.

Service is attentive enough to perhaps warrant a slight uptick in the average check, but the atmosphere is not upscale. The main dining room is pleasant enough, with olive green walls, a large chandelier, and an open kitchen framed in light brick and dark bamboo shades. The other dining room, which also serves as a bar/lounge, comes perilously close to dive status — meaning not a bad spot to watch a ball game on the flat-screen while swigging Tsingtao beer or $3 Buds. But this restaurant is really best for chowing down on dim sum, duck, and other tasty Taiwanese cuisine from the familiar Mr. Chu.

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