Upscale Chinese restaurant Jia to open in Miami Beach FL

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The marble bar inside Jia, an upscale Chinese restaurant opening soon on Miami Beach.

One of Miami Beach’s most upscale neighborhoods is getting a fancy Chinese dinner club this summer.

From hospitality veteran Ken Ray comes Jia, which will bring upscale Cantonese-style cuisine to the South of Fifth neighborhood. The restaurant, which features a wrap-around marble bar at its heart, has an outdoor patio as well as indoor dining and a private lounge and dining area that can seat up to 25 guests for exclusive dinner parties.

The menu will be curated by internationally known executive chef Weng Choon “William” Lai, who won the Gold Award at the Chinese Cuisine World Championship Competition in 2016 as well as the Asian Gourmet Chef Individual Special Gold Award in 2017. He has worked in restaurants in Beijing, Thailand, Cambodia and Macau, including the Michelin guide-listed Pak Loh Chiu Chow.

Diners will soon

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“No one knows what Cambodian food is,” the Cambodian-American chef Joseph Be says. “But if Thai food, Vietnamese food and Lao food can be popular, why can’t Cambodia’s food?”

Good question. There is not a lot of Cambodian food in the Dallas area, especially compared with the cuisines of its three neighbors. Online, local foodies can debate the merits of dozens of Thai and Vietnamese shops. North Texas is the largest Lao food destination in the United States, with choices ranging from cheffy Khao Noodle Shop to mini-chains Sabaidee and Zaap Kitchen.

Cambodia, meanwhile, is just making its mark locally. A spot named Kamp Fire opened and then closed in an ill-suited location downtown. Rumdoul debuted in Rowlett in 2019, and, on the opposite side

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