South Beach’s Newest Chinese Dinner Club Concept is Now Open
Located in the heart of Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, Jia is a brand-new modern Chinese Dinner Club concept, helmed by local restaurant veteran and hospitality entrepreneur Ken Ray. Sophisticated Cantonese-style dishes, conceived by award-winning internationally renowned Executive Chef Weng Choon “William” Lai, decorously complement the restaurant’s polished and playful ambiance and high-style decor that reflects Jia’s bold and edgy personality. Fusing contemporary gourmet Chinese cuisine, standout signature cocktail programming, and an elevated dinner club entertainment element, Jia aims to redefine South Beach’s ultimate upscale dining and nightlife experience.
“We are beyond thrilled to finally be able to open the doors to Jia and bring such a unique experience to the South of Fifth area – a genuine synergistic fit,” 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, including the Gold Award at the Chinese Cuisine World Championship Competition in 2016. 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. One of Jia’s standout dishes is Chef’s Master Char Siew, an iconic honey-roasted pork dish representative of authentic Chinese BBQ culture that has long been a staple tradition in Chef Weng Choon’s hometown. Chef adds his own creative take to the dish by infusing white wine as the star ingredient to replace the norm Chinese Rice Wine.
There is also a specialty late-night menu available Thursdays through Saturdays, from 11 PM-1 AM, featuring a diverse selection of delicious bites such as Edamame Dumplings, Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken, Prawn Siew Mai, and many more.
“Jia’s menu fuses authentic Chinese delicacies with a contemporary twist that emboldens each dish with a variety of seasonings and spices to create that strong depth of flavor,” says Chef Weng Choon “William” Lai, Executive Chef of Jia.
“It’s an inspiring menu that doesn’t fall short on offerings for guests to enjoy from Jia’s Crispy Mushroom Salad to Black Truffle Sticky Rice, Short Rib Dumplings, Pekin Duck, Alaska Crab Cream Egg, and so much more!”
Jia’s cocktail program is 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.
Jia’s ambiance embodies the playfully polished vibe of its South of Fifth neighborhood home, with a design that reflects Jia’s bold personality and inherent cultural definition of appreciation and affection. An inspired fusion of Chinese, Art Deco, and Tropical Flair merge to emit a high-energy spirit reflecting 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.
Jia is open Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30 PM-12 AM | Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30 PM-2 AM A specialty late-night menu is available Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 PM-1 AM.
Jia is located at 808 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, please visit jiamiami.com.