Confucio Express's stir-frying chefs toss a mélange of spicy sauces, flavorful meats, and crisp veggies into dishes that populate a menu that has garnered praise in publications such as the Miami New Times. Cool, crisp lettuce enrobes chicken in wraps that set tummy engines rumbling ($9). Plates brim with generously portioned chop sueys—sautéed veggies in oyster and soy sauce with your choice of meat or no meat ($11–$14.50)—and house specialties ($13.95) include general tao chicken, crisp breaded morsels mingling with broccoli florets in a spicy sauce. A host of meatless options includes vegetable tofu, which partners a garden medley with chunks of tofu ($13) for a dish that evokes the freshness of summer and the lightness of a conversation with a cloud. Although dine-in seating is available, customers can opt for delivery service (a $3 additional fee, not included in this Groupon) and attempt to introduce breakfast in bed to new meal times.
Tony Chan's Water Club's menu bridges the gustatory gap between China and Japan with a menu that includes both Hong Kong–style Cantonese cuisine and fresh sushi. Earning their food a Zagat rating of "very good to excellent," the chefs accessorize stir-fried orders of chicken, seafood, and vegetables with many different sauces, lending spicy, savory, or tangy flavors to the entrees. At the counter, they carefully arrange orders of nigiri and specialty sushi rolls, which can include premium fillings of shrimp tempura, jalapeños, and parmesan cheese.
The spacious dining room tempts diners with two distinct views: floor-to-ceiling windows gaze directly out onto the waterfront, while a similar wall of windows enables diners to peer into the kitchen. Behind the glass, watched chefs stay calm as they wok-fry entrees and hand-write inspiring quotations on grains of rice.
At Wok Town, chili, ginger, and curry season pan-Asian dishes for fast food that's both flavorful and healthy. The menu features noodle dishes, rice boxes, and woks such as the Mongolian, which comes with a choice of meat or tofu drizzled with chili-spiced soy sauce and bell peppers. In addition to these hearty options, Wok Town throws together Positive Wok choices lauded by the Miami New Times for their "lightness and freshness not always inherent in Chinese food." The article goes on to note that each dish can be spiced with complimentary hot chili sauce or fiery chinese mustard. Dishes can be consumed along communal tables and benches, ordered online for take-out, or delivered by flying wok.
South Garden's menu of authentic Chinese cuisine features dishes that are made to order using fresh produce and imported herbs and spices. Start by treating the oft-neglected crisp tooth with pork lettuce wraps ($11.95) before moving on to a half roast duck ($10.95) or identity-confused sweet and sour shrimp ($13.95). The restaurant also provides traditional dim sum, which is served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While dining, glance around the room to absorb the transformative décor that tricks the mind into thinking it was elsewhere—a feat formally reserved for mall-kiosk hypnotists.
Opened February 10, Vero's by the Bay appeases appetites of all types with an upscale menu of Italian-style seafood. Eggplant rollatini with ricotta and parmesan cheeses coronate meals with friends ($8.95), and the prosciutto e bufala takes its flavor from buffalo mozzarella and cured 18-month-old prosciutto that, unlike most toddler-aged meats, won't cry when you leave the room ($14.95). The cesare salad ($7.50) and mahi mahi sandwich/wrap ($9.50) drench taste buds in waves of flavor. Entree-minded epicureans delight in the ravioli d'aragosta, lobster ravioli slathered in creamy butter sage and shrimp ($22), and parago in crosta di banana—banana-crusted snapper ($23)—swim through white-wine sauces before satiating stomachs with the tropical essence of an edible beach ball. Patrons can savor dishes in Vero's by the Bay's dining room or fill up under oversized cocktail umbrellas on the sun-soaked dinner patio.
Though it's one of the more popular menu items at Catch of the Day, the only constant on the Catch's fish sandwich is a layer of grilled onions. Otherwise, its contents shift based on the kitchen's supply of fresh fish and the guest's preparation preference: grilled, blackened, or fried. This unpredictable dish sits beside shrimp wraps and Black Angus burgers on the seafood restaurant's expansive menu. The pages also gather shellfish, fillets, pastas, steaks, and housemade soups along with internationally inspired dishes such as paella and ceviche.
At both locations, Catch of the Day's atmosphere matches its oceanic eats. Nautical decor spread throughout the space includes underwater murals, hanging lifesavers, Captain Nemo, and suspended models of swimming fish. Happy hour unleashes a slew of specials at the bar, and live entertainment frequently sets meals against a musical backdrop.