Beneath the colorful toques on their heads, hibachi chefs flip and sauté meat and vegetables on their tabletop grills, smiling as they conjure the occasional bursts of flame during lively cooking routines. That’s just one scene at SooWoo Japanese Steakhouse—across the restaurant, sushi chefs slice ribbons of fish and vegetables and roll them into California and spicy tuna rolls. Basketball fans can celebrate the city’s 2012 NBA championship with the specialty Miami Heat roll, which includes slices of shrimp tempura, crab, and cream cheese. SooWoo also whips up Korean dishes, such as bulgogi and pork belly.
A former linebacker and defensive end, Kim “Bo” Bokamper spent his entire 10-year career with the Miami Dolphins, helping propel them to two championship games. But just because he made his name on the gridiron doesn’t mean his restaurant limits itself to football. Far from it, in fact. Its more than 70 plasma-screen TVs broadcast everything from hockey and basketball to UFC and boxing, the sport where athletes race to pack their belongings.
Those televisions speckle Bokampers' high-ceilinged dining room, where craft beers complement a menu of classic pub food. Flatbreads crowned with marinated sirloin and balsamic sauce give way to “bostrami” sliders, a medley of pastrami, creole mustard, and Russian slaw. And, for a true challenge, The Beast awaits. The signature burger that Naples Daily News calls “the size of a small birthday cake” contains more than 3 pounds of wagyu and Angus beef, applewood-smoked bacon, four slices of cheese, four fried eggs, and fries. If diners finish it within an hour, The Beast is on the house.