Introducing Jia, the Chinese Dinner Club Opening in South Beach

Jia Brings Elevated Cantonese-Style Cuisine and Eclectic Elegance

Local restaurant veteran and hospitality entrepreneur, Ken Ray announces the upcoming debut of Jia, a brand-new modern Chinese Dinner Club concept, nestled in the very heart of Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. The highly-anticipated dining destination will be the first to introduce elevated Chinese cuisine to the area, spearheaded by award-winning internationally renowned Executive Chef Weng Choon “William” Lai. The new neighborhood dinner club hotspot is slated to unveil, mid-July 2021.

“From the very start, we let the neighborhood and space dictate the Jia concept. The South of Fifth community has the heart of a small island in the Pacific, and the vibrancy of an exceedingly electric city. There couldn’t be a more ideal spot for Jia’s introduction in Miami ”  says Ken Ray, Owner of Jia.


Jia’s menu presents an elevated combination of authentic Cantonese-style Chinese dishes with a contemporary spin on the classics, that exudes an elegant fusion of ingredients and flavor profiles. The restaurant’s executive chef, Weng Choon “Wiliam” Lai, boasts a long and distinguished history of experience that has earned him many awards. Having held leadership roles in multiple prestigious restaurants in Beijing, Thailand, Cambodia, and Macau, including the Michelin guide-listed Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant in Macau, Jai’s culinary focus is poised to raise the bar for modern Chinese cuisine standards, beyond that of just South Beach. There will also be a specialty late-night menu available Thursdays through Saturdays, from 11 PM-1 AM, featuring an array of delectably curated Dim Sum platters. 


Jia’s cocktail program will be led by acclaimed local bartender and internationally-recognized Bartender of the Year Finalist at the 2013 United States Bartenders’ Guild and DIAGEO World Class U.S. Bartender Competition, Michael Parish. Having worked alongside some of the city’s top bartenders at two of Miami’s local’s favorite establishments, Broken Shaker and Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co., Parish has designed a uniquely elevated cocktail menu to perfectly complement Jia’s signature Chinese cuisine. One of the menu’s headliner cocktails is the delicately crafted Jungle Bird, made with Baijiu, Mezcal, Strawberry-Infused Apertivo, Grilled Pineapple, and Fresh Lime. Jia will also feature a tableside cocktail service and an extensive champagne pairing program, available by the glass and bottle.


An inspired fusion of Chinese, Art Deco, and Tropical Flair, merge to emit a high-energy spirit that reflects edgy modern elegance throughout the 2,500 sqft. space. International design consultation firm, Casa Conde & Associates, worked hand-in-hand with Jia’s founder, Ken Ray, to conceptualize every minute detail of the venue, from the Chiang Mai Dragon veiled walls to the rustic natural wood accents and focal bamboo chandeliers. The restaurant features a glamorously decorated private dining lounge and spacious outside dining patio. The private lounge area/dining room lives in the back of the restaurant, with seating for up to 25 guests, offering a closed-off space for exclusive dinner parties and elevated entertainment scheduling such as Karaoke night, which will soon roll out as one of Jia’s weekly night programs. The music component will also play a fundamental role in catering to Jia’s overall dinner club element, with nightly LIVE music activations and music programming by LA-based artist advisor, Hayes Bradley.

Jia is open Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30 PM-12 AM | Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30 PM-2 AM | Sundays, 5 PM-11 PM. A specialty late-night Dim Sum menu is available Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 PM-1 AM. Jia is located at 808 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit: or email

Photo Credit: Casa Conde

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