Lan Pan Asian Cafe
Name: Amar Sawhney
Occupation: Professor of Architecture
Restaurant Pick: Lan Pan Asian
Reviewed: Lan Pan Asian
Food was excellent, Shrimp Dumpling was steamed properly, Garlic Chicken and Basil Chicken were excellent. Basil Chicken was soupy and very tasty. Bubble Fruit Smoothie was also very good. I will recommend this place without any doubt. Parking is little difficult, unless you go on the upper level. Food was really great and dishes were properly cooked .Service was excellent and portions were great. The price is very reasonable. For two people under $40 was excellent. This is a great small Thai restaurant.
Name: Sunny Lavalle
Lives In: Hallandale Beach
Restaurant Pick: Copper Chimney
Reviewed: Eating House
The parking garage at Dadeland station is quite busy due to the high traffic stores it offers. We parked on the second floor conveniently next to the elevator. Another plus is that parking is free. We arrived at 5:20pm and since the restaurant re-opens for dinner at 5:30pm, we had to wait and sit on the little bench out front with about four other awaiting patrons. I asked them about the food and they were “regulars” and raved about the food. Once the doors opened, a friendly hostess invited us in with a smile. Upon seeing we had a young child, she conveniently sat us in the main dining room near a large TV overhead. She brought us a highchair, which she cleaned thoroughly before giving us. As soon as she provided us menus, she highly recommended that we try a delicious Bubble Tea and recommended a flavor. We ordered a Lychee/Mango bubble tea (with tapioca). She thought “first-timers” should try. Upon suggestion, we ordered the Fresh Rolls and Shrimp Dumplings. They both came out about 10 minutes later. The Fresh Rolls came with five good-sized pieces that sat in a delicious black bean sauce. I couldn’t get over how fresh and light they were and the sauce was the perfect flavor enhancer. I would definitely order again. The Shrimp Dumplings came with four, all had one large shrimp in each. They were steamed, light and tasty in the sauce, again excellent. As for the meal, I ordered Black Bean Shrimp with Brown Rice. It came out about 15-20 minutes after we finished the appetizers. The large portion size was definitely enough for two people to share. So flavorful, fresh ingredients. The waitress was very attentive throughout the meal. My baby loved the rice, black bean sauce. Oh my God dessert! The Chocolate Almond Walnuts were recommended. With family-like staff, clean environment and amazing food, I consider this restaurant a definite best in Miami.
Name: Tiffany Anderson
Lives In: Miami
Restaurant Pick: Eating House
Reviewed: Lan Pan Asian
Lan Pan Asian is sandwiched between Michael’s and Avis in the Dadeland Station Shopping Complex. As a bonus, there is ample FREE parking in the attached parking garage and you can drop by Target to grab a few toiletries following your meal. I visited the restaurant on a Wednesday evening at about 7:30 p.m. and garnered a spot on the first floor right outside the famous bubble tea window. The restaurant was crowded, but I did not have to wait for a table, and a server immediately greeted me and ushered me to a table although my dinner date had not yet arrived. While I waited, I gazed around the restaurant which consisted of multiple tables, a sushi bar where chefs prepared the rolls and sashimi, and a Bubble Tea window that was frequented throughout the evening. Within moments my server arrived to greet me, offered me water, and advised that the Calamari appetizer I ordered was a crowd favorite. The Calamari arrived and I was not disappointed – it was piping hot and not the frozen ringlets you find at a sports bar when an energetic server talks you into the calamari. The Mango Sauce was both surprising and a great complement to the saltiness of the calamari (which was also not dripping in oil – another bonus). My husband arrived and I proceeded to order the Mixed Sashimi (tuna, salmon, and hamachi), the Crunchy Tuna Tartare Roll (tuna, cilantro, cucumber, scallion, mango sauce and wonton crisps rolled in masago and avocado), and the Rising Sun Roll (tuna, salmon, avocado, and Spicy mayo rolled in rice and masago). I also ordered a glass of Riesling to accompany the ocean load of fish I was preparing to consume. My husband elected to order a savory dish and selected the green curry shrimp which our server recommended as one of her personal favorites because the curry packed a kick.
The dishes arrived as they were prepared although our server did not advise us that this would happen. First, I sampled the sashimi selection, which while fresh, was thickly sliced, which is not my preference when eating raw fish. The tuna was phenomenal (my husband and I haggled for the last piece), while the Hamachi was a bit tough. My sushi rolls then arrived in rapid succession (my husband’s green curry shrimp still had not made an appearance) and I was not particularly impressed with the flavor. While both rolls had a few overlapping ingredients, the flavor profiles were not strong enough that they were easily distinguishable from one another. Candidly, the sushi was my least favorite of the dishes I ordered that evening. Thereafter, my husband’s Green Curry Shrimp arrived and it was wonderful! Spicy and flavorful, the shrimp was crisp and not chewy, and the curry packed some heat without completely overpowering the other flavors. At this point in the evening, I was contemplating unbuttoning my pants I had consumed so much, but was determined to try one of the bubble teas that other customers raved about. As someone who is not a frequent consumer of Bubble Tea, I asked my server for a recommendation and she suggested the Taro Tea. I ordered it and a few minutes later a lavender concoction chock full of tapioca balls arrived at our table. I was a bit hesitant to try it based on the color, but promptly did and was a convert! The tea was sweet and fragrant and the perfect end to the meal. We requested our check, discovered each item was reasonably priced, and began the trek home. While Lan Pan Asian is not a restaurant I would recommend for a celebratory occasion, it is a great spot to grab a cup of Bubble Tea or a quick bite of curry before running some errands in the neighboring stores.
Location: 8332 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33143
Parking: yes, free garage
Restaurant Owners: : Kazu Abe, Johnson Teh
Executive Chef: Johnson Teh
Pastry Chef: N/A
Type of Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Signature Dishes: Garlic Beef Pataki, Green Curry Shrimp
Vegetarian Options: yes, mushroom, wontons, vegetable, flat noodles and Szechuan Eggplant
Alcohol Served: Beer, Wine and Sake
Corkage Fee: $10.00 per bottle
Bottle Limit: N/A
Monday – 11:30 am-3:00 pm 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tuesday – 11:30 am-3:00 pm 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Wednesday –11:30 am-3:00 pm 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Thursday – 11:30 am-3:00 pm 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday – 11:30 am-3:00 pm 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Saturday – 11:30 am-3:00 pm 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sunday – 1:00 pm -9:30 pm
Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner
Prix Fix Menu: no
Take-Out: yes, all day
Delivery: from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 18% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $22.00 to $25.00
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 18% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $12.00 to $13.00
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? Yes, Visa, MasterCard, American Express
Accept Reservations: Yes, for 5 or more people.
Need Reservations: Yes, for 5 or more people.
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: at least two days recommended.
Accommodations for Children: high chairs, booster chairs
Dining Style: casual
Disabled Access: yes
Restaurant Size: 70 people capacity
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: No
Tables with Scenic Views: no
Outdoor Dining: No