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Miami Foodie Girl Feb 9, 2008 07:29 PM

I have been invited to meet some friends there, before I go is it a good restaurant and if so, anything in particular I should order?

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    The Chowfather AKA sobe Feb 10, 2008 02:34 PM

    I've been to Chinatopia several times and it's good. However, I prefer Helen Huang's over on Hollywood Blvd which was Christina Wan's, I think it is the same chef though. Ok, back to Chinatopia, as a reference point, the owner of Chinatopia previously owned Wong's in North Miami. It's a standard/traditional menu. No standouts come to mind but everything is fresh and the quality of the beef is better than most places that I've been to in Miami and Broward.

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      Miami Foodie Girl Feb 10, 2008 03:10 PM

      Where on Hollywood Blvd is Helen Huang's? Is there anything standout that you recomend, or anything that you dont usually see on a chinese menu?

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        jessierandall Feb 10, 2008 06:43 PM

        I happen to like the walnut shrimp in the (I know it sounds gross but it's divine) mayo sauce.

        Other than that, I find all their dishes pedestrian and the service can be horrid.

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          Icantread Feb 28, 2008 07:23 AM

          referring to chinatopia or helen huang? Looking for a good chinese restaurant anywhere in Dade/Broward to take someone to.

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            RickL Feb 28, 2008 09:13 AM

            In Broward, Silver Pond is generally considered the best Chinese in the area (4285 N. State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, 954-486-8885). Here's a link to the Sun-Sentinel review: http://snipurl.com/silver_pond

            Search the Florida board or check out this thread "Top Chinese in Florida" for other suggestions: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/364755

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              Icantread Feb 28, 2008 09:58 AM

              Thanks for the tip! I heard of the place a couple times last year, but have never been. That place and Peppers. I'm going to have to go.

      2. dmo305 Feb 12, 2008 08:16 AM

        Chinatopia is good and David (the owner) and his family are all very friendly. I enjoy alot of the traditional or standard dishes there but two dishes that i would recommend are the whole crispy fried duck and lobster in black bean sauce.

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          jessierandall Feb 12, 2008 08:28 AM

          I never tried the duck but had the lobster in black bean sauce on several occasions. The sauce is tasty but the lobster can be a bit like rubber. Chinatopia is standard issue Chinese- pretty generic. Not amazing but not bad. I would avoid any dish in a white sauce and some of the chicken dishes. (In some of the dishes, the chicken seems like it's been strangely pulverized and put back together.)

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