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Chow Down Grill
Posted by Mark on 01/05/2012
I've been spending the week in Bal Harbour and sampling the fare at many restaraunts along Harding Street. I was in the mood for chinese and saw that Chow Down was about the only well reviewed chinese restaurants nearby. The dumplings were highly spoken of. I called for delivery and the lady who answered was extremely pleasant. I was unable to order the wonton as they were out of it. I ordered vegetable spring rolls and beef lo mein. This is not typical chinese food but rather a new twist with unusual presentation. The spring roll had whole spring onion and other vegetables wrapped in a light coating. The spring roll was not as tasty nor as filling as one found at most restaurants. The lo mein had lots of kale and ginger sauce but very little beef. Both the spring rolls and lo mein seemed well prepared and high quality but the taste was just not to my liking. I much prefer chinese food which is closer to standard fare - something a bit closer in style and taste to PF Changs.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/27/2011
This is our first time trying Chow Down Grill. Cozy little place tucked away in Surfside. My wife and I had to try the Dumplings , they make them fresh everyday, she loved the beef n porcini dumplings, I had the basil organic chicken dumplings, delicious! They come with a huge selection of homemade sauces to pick from, I could't decide between them all!! For entrees, we shared, to good not too, the smoked BBQ brisket sandwich,and the chicken and beef fried rice, my favorite! This is a must try, outstanding, my compliments to the chef. We are so glad we found this healthy style Asian cuisine , the server told us they don't use sugar or msg in anything. Also they have a new place opening up on SOBE soon , definitely gonna check it out !
Posted by anonymous on 07/25/2011
I went with my wife and son and order a few items from the menu. The dumplings were superb and my son really enjoy them. My wife and me order the fried rice and lo-mein. Great flavors . Love the fact that is hand made dumplings and homemade sauces and soy sauce. The space is small and can get a little loud.The service was very attentive and knowledgeable, but when it get busy can get a little to much for only one server. Overall great experience and will come back for sure
Posted by mark on 04/24/2011
simple question... what do i order.... simple answer start with dumplings then move to noodles, i enjoyed the udon noodle soup. amazing broth fresh vegetables just great. they make everything in this teeny tiny place. and they recognize everyone who walks in the door more than once. in this town .... that means something.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/25/2010
First off, the name is disappointing and it doesn't come close to describing the tiny, bland portions of food this sad place serves up. I ordered food from this establishment tonight to feed my family of five. The bill was one hundred thirty dollars (for chinese food?). OKOK, well, the food sounds good, so, maybe it will be worth it. NOPE, not even close! First of all, the portions are microscopic-- two dumplings for six dollars, is that a joke? Second, the food is bland. Additionally, they don't tell you what sauce goes with what, you are left trying to figure out what color is for dumplings, what color for crab rangoon, etc. What a disappointing experience, will NEVER order from this place again. We are still hungry! It did not come close to filling our bellies.
Posted by Lee R. on 11/29/2010
The best dumplings in miami hands down! Who has better? It's not a "dim sum" spot cause all they do is dumplings and egg rolls ... but they do these well. Beef and porcini mushroom.. chicken n basil and the best of all shrimp with squid ink.. the dumplings are black! How cool is that?
Posted by Neal on 11/28/2010
Lets start by saying this place is small and it is in surfside... BUT the food is fresh, of high quality and consistent. I have tried each of the dumplings (except beef) my favorite being the basil chicken but the shrimp is real good as well. I don't eat meat but they make there own tofu, always have whole fish and have roast chicken not fried! I sit at the bar with my wife and talk to the chef while he cooks... its just a fun relaxed place to go eat.