What we had: It’s all white everything at MR CHOW, located inside the W South Beach. The one pop of color, a royal blue carpet that runs the length of the space, makes you feel like a VIP all way to your table. Prepare to be greeted by every waiter, bartender, and manager on staff any time you leave your seat. Don’t let it go to your head, though — the real star of the show is Executive Chef Ren and the menu he’s created for this year’s Miami Spice, offered Sunday-Thursday from August 1-September 30. Guests can each choose from among four appetizers, four entrees, two sides and two desserts. Our favorites were the water dumplings (which are said to bring prosperity) and the Beijing Chicken, a sweet-and-sour classic served with fermented yellow bean sauce and candied walnuts. For dessert, we went with a creamy house-made fruit sorbet to combat Miami’s summer heat.
Who should go to this venue: While this is a hotel, MR CHOW’s audience skews toward suited execs, champagne-sipping socialites, and young glammed-up parties sitting down to dinner before hitting Wall Lounge, the hotel’s nightclub, later in the evening.