When you imagine Chinese food, you think of greasy egg rolls, oily lo mein, and the scene in Wayne’s World when he orders the cream of some young guy. (Still funny.)
Making you look like an idiot, the haute cuisine at Hakkasan. The Fontainebleau’s new restaurant is imported from the UK, and like the Brits, it’s classy.
The Cantonese food is swanky (as is the price tag). Sample Peking duck — wrapped in a pancake with caviar, cucumber, and green onions or served over a salad with pine nuts. Also tasty: organic jasmine tea-smoked pork ribs.
Oversize carved panels divide the space, creating low-lit nooks and crannies where you can shamelessly lick dumpling sauce off your fingers. And though the oceanfront terrace doesn’t have permits yet, it promises to be a pretty place to suck down a cocktail of vodka, sake, cilantro, and ginger.
Party time. Excellent.
Hakkasan, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach (786-276-1388 or fontainebleau.com).