At Siam Oishi, Bangkok native Poompaka "Pio" Komolvasri plates sushi, japanese noodles, and traditional Thai cuisine using skills she honed at Le Cordon Bleu in Miami. Handmade dishes imported from Thailand enhance her already artful presentation of sushi, which range from hand rolls to larger 10-piece maki.
The rice rollers of Sushi Central Lounge combine a menu of classic sushi recipes with Latin-inspired flavors in a third-floor lounge. Dip into an umami bath of miso soup, or leaf through the refreshing flavors of tomato, pear, and scallions in the ginger salad, each accompanied by a glass of wine or sake. Dining duos then pick two rolls from the pantheon of raw and cooked sushi, such as the tropical bahamas roll, a disk of tuna and scallion with dragon fruit and a caviar spread, or the Volcano roll, a california roll that demands a sacrifice of baked crab to quell its fiery wrath.
The Burgundy Room's kitchen serves up a mouthwatering menu of contemporary coastal cuisine in a hip open lounge. Kick off gastronomical journeys with crispy Serrano ham and gorgonzola croquettes served with poblano aioli ($6), great for sharing. Those that want to cool off mouths without chewing on an air conditioner can nosh a salad of chilled Key West pink shrimp, mingling in a party of roma tomatoes, feta, red onion, and diced apples, all running through a sprinkler of balsamic vinaigrette ($12). Alternatively, famished foodies can chow on esculent entrees, from a seafood linguini populated by lobster, scallops, shrimps and mussels in a white wine lemon sauce ($20), to the grilled filet mignon, bedecked by brandy-drunk mushrooms that stumble over onions and fall into herb-roasted red potato pillows ($24).
Though many Americans may not have heard of it, Makis Place—which goes by the motto "More fish. Less rice. Better price."—has experienced its share of success. In three years, the Japanese eatery expanded from one modest restaurant to more than 100 locations in Brazil. The company has now traveled northward to treat the States to its signature brand of temaki—a delectable sushi hand roll. Unlike the dainty hand rolls in most sushi restaurants, however, these ones weigh in at a hefty five ounces, or approximately the weight of an arcade game's take-home pay. The giant cones of supple seaweed, made only when they're ordered and ready in minutes, incorporate steamy rice and a variety of ingredients such as veggies, shrimp, salmon, or tuna. Fixings such as avocado, cheese, or a variety of sauces complete the morsel to create a hearty alternative to traditionally meager sushi portions.
Sawa's chefs creatively cook up the distinctly different cuisines of Japan and the Mediterranean, fusing the flavors into a menu of tapas, soups, sushi, and kebabs. Prevent an unnecessary belly vacancy and entertain taste buds with small plates of tempura vegetables with honey-yuzu sauce ($6.75) or pan-fried frog legs in roasted garlic aioli ($9.75). More than 20 sushi options, such as the Black and White roll of cream cheese, caviar, sesame seeds, scallions, and lobster ($12), keep company with six grilled kebabs, including the filet-mignon kebab ($18). A wide selection of beers, sakes, cocktails, and wines patiently wait to compliment mains—such as the pan-seared chilean sea bass ($25) and grilled lamb rack in a jalapeño mint-demi reduction ($24)—on their impeccable taste and ability to sit completely still.
Recently profiled in the Miami Herald, Sake Blue crafts freshly made sushi rolls and classic Asian entrees with a contemporary twist. Hungry eyes can peruse upscale lunch and dinner menus stocked with sushi rolls, shareable plates, and main dishes, and adult mouths sip on more than 30 types of sake. Chilled lobster, red pepper, cucumber, and avocado join forces to create lobster sui sushi rolls ($16), and the dinnertime tuna poke crudos’ combination of yellowfin tuna and mango dazzles with more tropical flair than a hermit crab juggling coconuts ($13). Diners also delight in the sichuan beef with potato gratin ($25), and munching on the wok-charred salmon relaxes incisors more effectively than gnawing on a neighbor’s car tires ($19).