Sushi may be synonymous with Japan, but Chef Adrian Rojas draws on international influences when creating Miyako Japanese Restaurant's menu. In addition to working in modern sushi bars, Chef Rojas has cooked his way through Europe and South America. The flavors he picked up along the way add tasty flair to each plate, whether he's rolling up sushi or cooking a noodle dish.
Chef Rojas and his team infuse unexpected notes into hot entrees such as breaded, deep-fried pork, or spicy chicken saut?ed with onions and carrots. But it's the sushi rolls that best represent the kitchen's culinary fusion. The red kryptonite roll, for instance, combines spicy tuna with jalape?os, while the coconut shrimp roll holds tropical ingredients including guava and mango. Equal detail is lavished on presentation?rolls and sashimi can be strapped into tiny life vests and loaded into sushi boats, or served atop live models during body sushi events.
Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge?s interior is as striking and colorful as the symbolic fish it takes its name from. Walking inside, you'll find a high-hanging chandelier illuminating Japanese paintings and ornamental bamboo suspended against a backdrop of tomato-red walls. The Japanese minimalism that defines the first-floor dining area also features upstairs in a slick, straight-lined lounge, where a full bar stands ready to complement a candlelit meal or add spice to weekly karaoke and DJ events.
This dramatic presentation extends to the Coral Gables restaurant's cuisine: diners may find their appetizers arranged to resemble petals on a flower or their sushi rolls stacked into a tower. That?s thanks to Bangkok native and resident chef Tasha Tang, who also incorporates creative, globally inspired ingredients such as guava paste and sweet plantains. In addition to artfully wrapped sushi, diners can also sample traditional Thai dishes, including five types of curry and pad thai.
CRAVE's eight locations have gained a plethora of press and even an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Each sleek eatery also entices diners with a diverse menu of modern American lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch fare devised by Corporate Executive Chef Bill King and a sushi menu of traditional and creative rolls inspired by Executive Sushi Chef Tony Lam's upbringing in Hawaii. Each menu is then artfully executed using fresh and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, as well as seafood flown in daily and handcrafted sauces made from authentic Asian recipes. Brick ovens give flatbreads a crisp exterior while the grill keeps steaks, chicken, and burgers juicy.
Oh! Sushi lets fish fans curate their meals from a highly navigable à la carte menu in an eatery wrapped in bold graphic patterns and praised by the Miami New Times' Caitlin Granfield as "a hip retro place of funky fusion." Spicy salmon salad ($7.99) ushers tender, piquant bites onto chopsticks or into pockets. Individual morsels of sushi dive into batter, emerging as crispy, gold-plated tempura futomaki such as the Bomb, a nugget of fried shrimp decked in chives and curry sauce ($0.99). Inside-out sushi rolls keep their nori close to their hearts, guarding proteins such as ox sirloin with a crust of sesame seeds ($0.99), and seasonal fruit joins tuna, roe, and eel sauce in the tropy futomaki ($0.99). A cone of seaweed takes a break from adorning mer dunces to carry avocado, rice, and a choice of fish as a hand roll ($4.59).
The chefs at Yukihana furl both Japanese and Korean fare into a menu stuffed with schools of sushi and fresh entrees prepared tableside. Guests can control their dinner's destiny with Korean barbecue and shabu shabu platters, and servers set up tabletop grills for parties of two or more to char thinly sliced beef bulgogi or spicy marinated chicken breast, which can be wrapped in fresh lettuce cups and seasoned with scallions and Korean pepper. For shabu shabu meals, guests sit around a pot of boiling broth and swish an assortment of fresh meats and vegetables in the simmering mixture to soak up savory flavors.
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.