Our love for No Name Chinese needs no introduction. We’ve sung its many praises for dinner service, and that high praise now extends to brunch. The South Miami eatery is giving diners many tasty reasons to visit on weekends, all thanks to Executive Chef Pablo Zitzmann and his talented team.
This isn’t your basic brunch. No Name Chinese’s brunch is a production — one that leaves you in awe from start to finish. It’s no wonder No Name Chinese is one of the best restaurants in South Miami.
Your first order of business upon sitting down: the Char Siu Bao. If you’ve been to NNC for dinner, then these buns should look familiar. There are two to an order, but we could have easily scarfed down another two or three despite their large size — the mix of BBQ wagyu brisket, sweet onion jam and char siu sauce is addictive. Seriously, they could be your entire meal and you’d leave pretty full.
Another standout was the Mr Lee’s Jiaozi. Unlike its dinner counterpart, this version has a massive crisp concealing the tender dumplings hidden beneath it. It can seem a little unwieldy at first, but if you keep at it, you’re rewarded with juicy pork shoulder and other wonderful flavors.
The Turnip Cake Hash is pretty self explanatory — just picture it in hash form with an egg on top. The plain description doesn’t do it justice; it’s something you need to try, especially if it’s your first visit to the restaurant. So far, most of the stuff we’ve mentioned are just brunch takes on No Name’s usual menu offerings, but there are several brunch-specific dishes worth your attention.
The big one is the Burger. Don’t let the simple name fool you — the thing is loaded with cheddar, XO sauce, house pickles, Kewpie mayo, money sauce and just about the kitchen sink. It seems excessive on paper, but every item complements each other well. It has a lot going on, but it’s not overwhelming (like you’d think). Plus, shrimp chips.
No matter what, get the Hong Kong-Style Waffles. The flavor changes regularly, but the fact that it’s delicious doesn’t. You can either get them as dessert or have them as your actual meal — the choice is yours. Just make sure you get them.
Up until this month, No Name Chinese offered brunch only on Sundays. It’s since expanded brunch service to Saturday. With twice the opportunities to stop in, you have no excuse for missing out on dope Chinese food.