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For Fresh, Inventive Dumplings, Nothing Can Touch Brickell’s Hutong

The dim sum is so delectable and satisfying that you might have to put off a main course until your second visit.

There are those who go crazy for dim sum, and others who regard dumplings as mere appetizers. (Fools!) Put me in the former category—in an Asian restaurant, I usually prefer a selection of dumplings to be the meal in itself. (In fact, lately my dining companions and I have come to the conclusion that forgoing the main course in favor of a generous, even endless, helping of shared apps is the more satisfying—and social way to dine.)

I’ve been known to get off the train or plane in a new city and immediately google “best dumplings.” And on trips to Hong Kong and Shanghai, the endless bamboo dumpling steamers at breakfast color some of my most indulgent memories.

So blessed be Hutong, the Miami outpost of the mini-chain that is represented in the global culinary capitals of New York, Dubai, Hong Kong and London. The décor—at once soaring, textured and mysterious—heightens expectations, but in truth, once the dim sum begins appearing, you forget where you are.

Many diners will immediately spot the prawn and black truffle dumplings as one of the menu’s stars, and these shiny onyx-skinned delicacies didn’t disappoint, with savory flavors that debut as subtle on the tongue, and then blossom with richness. Just as impressive were the truffle mushroom bao (steamed, filled buns), which look as if they were foraged from a secret forest, and then polished into diminutive works of art.

My friend and I didn’t mind the repetition of ingredients—it was a mushroom and truffle kind of lunch. The closest thing on the menu to my dim sum mainstay—steamed vegetable dumplings—were the wild mushroom and spinach dumplings, which were green and pinched into star shapes by loving hands in the kitchen. Thick and chewy on the outside, these delivered the slight crunch on the inside that I crave when I take the lighter (veggie) dim sum route.

And as for the main course? I shrugged off convention. My eye drifted back to the left side of the menu. We had somehow missed the pan-seared ginger lobster bao. When the quality is so high and the preparation so unique and meticulous, there’s always room for more dim sum.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.