Fiesta Wok chef and owner Luis Flores began his culinary career in his native Mexico, where he cooked alongside his grandmother at a small taqueria. There, he mastered the combination of flavorful sauces, fresh vegetables, and tender meats that makes an authentic street taco. Luis remembered his roots as he worked his way through the industry in the United States, continuing to dine at Latin restaurants and taquerias. Today, he brings his carefully honed palate and time-honored recipes to Fiesta Wok, where he crafts dishes such as barbacoa burrito bowls and chicken quesadillas from scratch.
In the sprawling dining room, white tablecloths drape over square and circular tables. Atop these tables are platters of the Mandarin, Szechuan, and Cantonese cuisine that fills Christina Wan's menu. Favorites such as general tso's chicken and sesame beef share space with less-known dishes such as saigon steak kew (filet mignon with snow peas) and lemongrass-marinated rack of lamb.
Bright spotlights shine down as the doors swing open. Grinning faces look up in recognition. Dishes emerge from the kitchen at Panda Buffet like celebrities, draped in boas of steam and mantles of honey-garlic or bourbon glaze beneath the lemongrass-hued walls and wood paneling. Waiters toting traditional concoctions such as General Tso’s chicken scoot past mirrors painted with bucolic Eastern scenes that let diners experience exotic locales without hiding in a shipment of pith helmets.
If the wall painted to resemble aged parchment paper complete with neat rows of hanzi characters doesn't make Sum Yum Gai's cultural ties apparent enough, then the intermingling aromas of ginger, sweet and sour sauce, and pan-fried noodles definitely will. The menu of classic Chinese cuisine draws inspiration from regions throughout the country. This leads to dishes such as roasted duck with hoisin sauce appearing alongside chicken and mixed vegetables stir-fried in a spicy Szechuan sauce.
Additionally, the selection includes a number of vegetarian-friendly meals, including soft tofu squares and mushrooms in a brown garlic sauce, as well as a mushroom and a vegetable fried rice.
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.