From the moment you walk in, it's clear that Moonchine Asian Bistro is up to far more than pan-Asian eats. High-backed banquettes, jet-black walls, and soft red lighting all give rise to a clubby vibe; after 9 p.m., Moonchine turns into a full-on lounge with the help of dance DJs, bottle service, and even the occasional poetry performance or high-stakes geography bee. Miami New Times hailed Moonchine as "the gem of the Mimo District," advising guests to "arrive around 6 p.m., have a few rolls, and then head to the music lounge to warm up the dancing shoes."
Indoors and in the huge garden area, bartenders keep spirits high by mixing specialty cocktails and recommending bottles of sake from an extensive list. Which isn't to say that food's an afterthought?indeed, chefs have a lot on their plates, so to speak, juggling Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, and Korean culinary traditions. House-made kimchi mingles with creative sushi rolls, classic Thai and Indochinese dishes anchor one large corner of the menu, and there's even an almost-traditional bistro section: mussels, duck, and a "thai burger," each given light Asian accents of their own.
The sushi is sea-worthy at Buddha Sushi Bar. During meals, fresh rolls float in wooden boats down a stainless-steel-bottomed "river," inviting diners to pluck off a plate at will. But the paper lanters that line the counter-style tables also illuminate a la carte creations. Signature maki rolls pair fresh fish with surprising ingredients, such as pineapple chili, cilantro, and ponzu truffle. A selection of sake and imported beer keeps diners from distilling their own wine out of soy sauce.
iSushi Caf?'s chefs serve up fresh, vibrant rolls of sushi. But first, appetizers such as conch fritters and tuna tataki make for hearty starters, leading into dragon rolls, Cajun rolls, and crispy salmon tempura rolls that incorporate soft and crunchy textures. This sushi spot also features hot items: there's shrimp teri don and chicken teriyaki. Traditional sake is available as well, perfect for making a toast to the sea and all of its delicious offerings.
For tasty tapas in a chic setting, SUGARCANE raw bar grill is second to none. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Eat out with the little ones at SUGARCANE raw bar grill, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter. If space is what you're looking for, SUGARCANE raw bar grill has plenty of room for larger parties. Warm weather brings out SUGARCANE raw bar grill's highly coveted patio seating.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. SUGARCANE raw bar grill tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience. Catering services are also available.
Street parking is easy to find near the restaurant. Or, if you don't want to circle the block, valet parking is also available.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.