Casa Sensei, site of the Rock and Roll Brunch


A rock and roll brunch with live music, new cult favorite in Wynwood, Chinese banquet fit for an Emperor (or Empress) and Huton Miami reopening, a notable closing,  UK pub chef of the year’s fish and chips and more in this month’s Eating News.

Can’t wait to try the new Rock and Roll Brunch with live music at Casa Sensei on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. It’s Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 to 4 p.m. and features new signature cocktails and  an eclectic menu with items such as gourmet fajitas, wagyu steak and eggs and bao buns. Signature dish is the rock and roll sushi roll, a combination of tuna, kani and asparagus wrapped with tuna, topped with rock shrimp and a mini bottle (shot) of Rock N Roll Tequila for $36. Be entertained by an acoustic duo and finish off your outing with a gondola tour that stops at the restaurant. (note, advance reservations required from Riverfront Gondola Tours). And while you’re in Fort Lauderdale you may want to check out the feel good exhibit “Happy” at the NSU Art Museum. Or go a little farther north to Delray Beach to Boys’ Farmers Market. Check out the post:

The Boys Farmers Market, A SoFL Experience

Rock and Roll Sushi and Tequila


I’ve been hearing good things about  Back Door Monkey in Wynwood from the creators of The Dirty Rabbit (great names!) in what could become a new cult favorite.  Its funky 1940s WWII inspired decor including a DJ booth made from a war tank, is the setting for Asian Fusion cuisine and music. Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is happy hour with 50% off all cocktails and sushi rolls.  Back Door Monkey is located at 2328 N Miami Ave, Miami.

Backdoor Monkey


One of my favorite restaurants has reopened and now with outdoor seating – Hutong at 600 Brickell Avenue. To kick off the Hutong Miami opening it is offering a Red Lantern Evening offering eight of its most popular dim sum selections, signature dishes and desserts. This special Hutong Miami menu includes prawn and scallop wonton, ma li chili prawns and crispy soft shell crab. Price, $69 per person. For an additional $75 per person you can have unlimited champagne or for $45 prosecco. For my earlier review, see below:

A New Fave, Hutong


Hutong Miami opening, Miamicurated


Successful British chef Justin Brown who was Pub Chef of the Year three years running at the Great British Pub Awards has brought his popular fish and chips eatery The Chippy to Balans in Brickell as a popup. For the fish and chips guests can choose fresh cod or haddock battered in a mixture of flour, Wynwood Brewing Company’s La Rubia beer, and yeast, then fried to order. Brown hand-cuts his chips from potatoes that are delivered daily.

The Chippy

Besides the English pub classic, find sticky toffee pudding, battered Proper sausages and Bell & Evans chicken strips. It’s open for takeout and delivery only, Wednesday through Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. They say be sure to go early as some days they sell out within two hours.The Chippy, 901 South Miami Avenue. To order click here or go to the Balans website.

Angelo Elia The Bakery

Kudos to Angelo Elia the Bakery Bar. As the pandemic continues, Angelo Elia the Bakery Bar ( is making sure it’s using its bread for better. The Fort Lauderdale Italian café has introduced the ‘Bread of Hope’ campaign, donning its award-winning loaves with words meant to inspire including those of Peace, Love and Hope. Owner and chef Angelo Elia created the messaging to send positivity to Americans at a time when it’s needed most. 15% of proceeds from each loaf sold will be donated to charities focusing on the crucial issues of hunger, unemployment and mental health. Baguettes, multigrain and ciabatta are offered along with small rolls. ‘Bread of Hope’ is now ongoing at The Bakery Bar and is available for mail order anywhere in the country. Custom messages are also offered for an additional cost. Benefiting charities are Feeding South Florida, Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry and The Jed Foundation.

I was sorry to hear of the closing of La Dorada seafood restaurant as of September 26, an institution in Coral Gables. Over many years I’ve gone there and enjoyed the warm and very professional service of owner and maitre d’, Domingo Gandara along with delicious fresh seafood flown in from Spain. I wish him and his wife and co-owner all the best in whatever they do next.








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