I have to admit the lighting in the restaurant was a tiny bit distracting, especially after a long day at work. I was tempted to ask for my beer in a sippy cup and curl up in my booth for a nap. Luckily though, Chow Down Grill plays some of the best music I’ve ever heard in a restaurant. The music was so good that Heidi was kind enough to find out what Pandora station the restaurant was using. The station is called ‘Pheonix’ in case you were wondering.
As an entrée I decided to try their sweet and sour chicken with white rice. The menu description was simple yet really intriguing, “Sweet and sour sauce with Mango / Walnut / Pepper / Onion.” Keep in mind I’m used to generic hot pink sweet and sour goop with chunks of canned pineapples and maraschino cherries. What I got was a beautifully colorful plate with generous slices of mango, onions and red peppers with walnuts. The sauce appeared to be soy based and the chicken breast was perfectly grilled and sliced over the sauce. The whole chicken breast was plump, juicy and went perfectly with the sauce and mango slices. The flavor was refreshing and great. the fresh mango and red peppers gave this dish a new life. Chow Down Grill's take on sweet and sour chicken really revitalized my idea of sweet and sour anything and I’m eagerly looking forward to going back soon.
I ended up not getting any dessert this time around, but I definitely intend to on my next visit. I really enjoyed this place, from the zen atmosphere, friendly staff and great music to the wonderfully fresh food. I've been looking for quality chinese food for a long time and I'm glad to say I've finally found it. The best part about this place? That it’s less than 5 minutes away from my job!
Chow Down Grill
920 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139