Wiped out from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival? Join the club.
The 14th-annual SoBeWFF brought the nation's top culinary geniuses to our sandy beaches for a weekend of eating, drinking, and being merry. But don't for a minute think that because it's over, you can give your stomach a break. Chinese New Year began last Thursday, which means a plethora of restaurants are celebrating the Year of the Goat. Think unlimited dim sum, happy hour, and half a Peking duck. In addition, Morimoto has a new happy hour, and Timon Balloo is cutting you a break with a locally sourced feast this Wednesday.
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Chinese New Year at Hakkasan
In celebration of the Year of the Goat, Miami's Asian eateries are proffering all sorts of authentic fare, from an authentic four-course family-style menu at Hakkasan that includes dim sum and half a roasted Peking duck. Priced at $128 per person, the Chinese New Year menu is available through Saturday, February 28.
Chinese New Year at Mandarin Oriental
This Monday through Friday, all of the Mandarin Oriental's food and beverage options have something to offer to ring in lunar year 4712. French-Asian fine-dining outpost Azul is serving a four-course menu that includes sweet-and-sour soup and princess scallops for $75 a person. If Peruvian-Chinese is more your thing, La Mar is making a bevy of à la carte offerings (priced from $19 to $25) such as pork eggplant clay pot with fried rice, lobster crispy egg noodles, and chocolate banana rolls. You might also want to consider MO Bar's unlimited dim sum happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m., priced at just $50 a person and featuring celebratory cocktails such as the Greenhouse Smash from the menu at Mandarin Oriental's sister property in Hong Kong.
Champagne Happy Hour at Morimoto
Turn up on a Tuesday with Morimoto's new Krug champagne happy hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Bottles are priced at $150 and can be enjoyed from Albert Trummer's Drawing Room to the marine deck overlooking the beach or on a lawn chair by the pool. If you haven't had a chance to try Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's cuisine yet, this is the perfect chance to give his ahi tuna pizza and octopus pancakes a go. They pair perfectly with a little bubbly.
Seasons Farm Fresh Dinner at Sugarcane
Trying to get back on track after all the eating and drinking at SoBeWFF? Timon Balloo is helping by hosting a multicourse feast of locally sourced and harvested ingredients on Wednesday, with special guest Nick Bernal of Seasons Farm Fresh. On the menu? House-herbed ricotta with local tomatoes, herb-and-butter-bathed golden tile, Florida rabbit "porchetta," and strawberry almond crostata. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and is priced at $55 per person ($80 with beverage pairings).
Mo Bar & Lounge Turns 1
Besides celebrating the Chinese New Year, Mo Bar & Lounge is also turning a year old this Thursday. From February 26 through March 13, the chic waterfront bar will shake up handcrafted cocktails for just $11.11 -- as long as you wish your bartender a happy birthday. And if your birthday falls in line with Mo Bar's festive period, you'll get a gratis birthday punch cocktail.
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