PHOTO CREDIT: LUCKY RICE

If you missed Lucky Rice, you can still get some dim sum here. 

By: Sarah Dunn

This past weekend on November 3rd we enjoyed the 8th annual Luckyrice Feast at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel. The culinary showcase helped raise money for Hurricane Irma relief efforts, and Luckyrice is donating the proceeds to their charitable partner, Feeding South Florida. The event featured more than twenty of Miami’s hottest Asian restaurants. Colorful booths were set up along and behind the iconic Surfcomber pool, bookended by bars offering Suntory Whisky and Asahi beer. The paper lanterns strewn across the palm trees brought an oriental flair to Miami Beach. The event was well attended and everyone eagerly lined up to get in and eat more Asian food than you’d find on a Dim Sum cart. While deciding what to try next, we danced to the DJ beats on the sand under the full moon.

Favorite dishes: One of our first and favorite dishes was the Japanese Curry from Azabu, which is preparing to open on Ocean Drive soon. The curry had a great medium spice level and was inspired by the traditional homemade Japanese curries. We also enjoyed the Crispy Lamb Ribs from The Rusty Pelican. The ribs were braised with a Hoisin glaze and served with a stone fruit slaw that gave the bite a nice balance. Beaker & Gray offered a fun plate of Thai Basil packed with flavors. Candied bacon, peanut cream, and peach sorbet brought a touch of sweetness to the bite. We were excited to see Blade from the Fontainebleau, and they featured a seared Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi with Apple Mustard Dressing. The tuna was incredibly fresh and the apple mustard dressing was well seasoned. Another crowd pleaser was the Shrimp Rocoto Tiradito from Juvia, with the right balance of creaminess and acidity. With all of the Poke now on the scene in Miami, we were happy to see some from Sushi Garage. They had a yummy Tuna Poke Rice Shot served in mini cups with perfectly cooked rice.

Luckyrice is a great way to try some of the best Asian food this city has to offer, and the event supported a great cause. We can’t wait to go to the restaurants and try the full menus!