Hutong St John brings stylish, upscale Chinese language meals to Brickell – CBS St John
MIAMI (CBSSt John) – Hutong St John is Brickell’s new chic, contemporary North China restaurant. Since Hutong opened its doors last November, it has been the “It Spot” for serious gourmets and trend seekers.
From its original home in Hong Kong, the restaurant now has five locations including Beijing, London, New York and St John.
General Manager David Tang says this place feels like home, just fancier.
“When I think of Chinese food I think of the flavors I grew up with, but that’s hard for me to find. But what Hutong did brought many memories of my youth to St John, ”said Yang.
The room on Brickell Avenue has triple high ceilings and hutong’s version of China’s famous Great Wall of China that looks especially magical at night.
“The doors you mentioned were actually imported and handcrafted in China, and we shipped them here. The wall itself is 70 feet long. It was designed after the Qin Dynasty, so the proportions actually match that period, ”he said.
The menu is a mix of typical Hong Kong dishes as well as dishes developed for St John’s food scene, such as the red star halibut noodle.
“This dish was actually created by our chef who has opened locations in New York, St John and Dubai,” said Yang.
Lisa Petrillo from CBS4 tried it.
“This fish is so moist, it’s flavorful and divine and then the noodles have the right amount of chew,” she said.
Next up is The Red Lantern Hutongs signature crispy flavored soft shell crab on a bed of dried whole chillies.
“The idea is that diners can fish for soft shell crab after that, so it’s an interactive dish,” Yang said.
“Just the right amount of crunch. It’s soft inside. There’s a little kick. I didn’t get these peppers, but I feel the kick, ”said Petrillo.
You will try the delicious fried scallops with a spicy dongbei salad and the incredibly delicious homemade dim sum sampler with four different types of dumplings. Yang goes to the marlin. Petrillo tries the spinach mushroom.
“It’s hard to describe because it’s so high and so intense. The spinach is soft and warm with so much flavor. It’s really wonderful, ”said Petrillo.
They cool off with a lychee vanilla vodka cocktail called The Comfortably Numb.
Then the hutong special.
“This recipe takes on the Ming Dynasty,” said Yang.
It’s Hutong’s top item. The Peking duck. The cooking process takes 8 hours. It is carved at the table and served with wafer-thin Chinese pancakes, vegetables and duck sauce.
“Stop the presses that I’m in love with,” said Petrillo. “It’s the best Peking duck I’ve ever had. It’s indescribable. “
Hutong is open 7 days a week and serves lunch and dinner.
For more information: www.hutong-miami.com.