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Tony Chan's Water Club

1717 N. Bayshore Drive Miami, FL 33132 | Downtown/Overtown | 305-374-8888

Location Description:

With its sterile glassed-in views of Biscayne Bay on one side and the kitchen on the other -- and nary a hint of Chinese tchotchkes anywhere -- the setting of this upscale old-timer (opened in 1991) seems more suited to slick rubber chicken fundraising dinners than to ethnic eats. But Chan's is one of Miami's best sources for hard-to-find authentic specialties: real Peking duck (served in two courses: crêpe-wrapped crisp skin and stir-fried meat with veggies); richly flavored Three-cup braised chicken; dynasty squirrel-like fish (Jiangsu-style crisp-skinned fish with spicy sweet-sour sauce, praised by one Qing Dynasty emperor as "the number one dish in the world"); and traditional clay pots, particularly garlicky, ultratender lamb. More inventive are the succulently seasoned yu pan quail with bamboo shoots, served in elegant lettuce cups, and honey walnut shrimp, a giant prawn stuffed with sweet walnuts and sliced like a sushi roll. There's also real sushi, plus standard Chinese choices like General Tso's chicken, but the specialties are the way to go.

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  • Cuisine(s): Chinese, Japanese, Sushi
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am
  • Price: $$$, $$$$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted, Recommended, Required for Large Parties
  • Parking: Valet
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Attire: Casual, business attire, dressy
  • Features: Banquet Facilities, Business Dining, Catering, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Water View, Wheelchair Accessible

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