Lantao Asian at Refurbished Surfcomber Hotel
|Korean BBQ ribs|
The address is The Surfcomber at 1717 Collins Avenue, but if you walk through the door at that address, which says "Lantao," and note the dining tables outside and sleek bar and folks sitting around eating Asian snacks, and you assume you are in the restaurant, you will be wrong. And nobody will bother telling you that this is the Lantao "cocktail lounge"; Lantao restaurant, with no signage, is at the back end, beyond the pool; you won't see if from the hotel lobby. Note to Surfcomber management: You've gotta fix this or you'll lose a lot of business.
But back to the food:
Best bang for buck on menu (and a great deal anywhere) are four big, meaty BBQ pork ribs, slip-off-the-bone tender, juicy, jazzed with Korean barbecue glaze, sprinkled with chopped peanuts and scallions: $6 (10 pieces for $12).
We skipped main plates this visit (grilled chicken; grilled pork loin chop; and the only one that tempted, Singapore chili prawns and crispy kale -- another bargain at $15 or $21 for a larger plate.
|This is the Lantao lounge -- not the restaurant.|
Grab a Singha beer instead for $6. It goes better with this food anyway.
So there you have it: New. Asian. Affordable. South Beach.
And you can be the first on your block to know about it.
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