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 jazz, karaoke, and DJ events.
This dramatic presentation extends to the Coral Gables restaurant's cuisine: diners may find their rolls arranged to resemble petals on a flower or stacked into a tower shaped like tragedy. 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.
Mr. Yum stands out in Little Havana, and not just because it's surrounded by Latin restaurants. The chefs at Mr. Yum embellish each plate with elegant drizzles of sauce and sprigs of herbs placed just so, elevating each meal to high art. Paper-thin salmon and beef tataki prime appetites for tempura-battered seafood and Thai dishes such as panang and massaman curries. In addition to slicing fresh sashimi, sushi chefs coil specialty rolls such as the sun-dried tomato roll and the alfalfa roll, whose tuna and salmon are topped with one stray sprout cowlick. Chandeliers cast a soft glow across the dining room, where an abstract red-heart motif decorates walls and upholstery, creating the vibe of a "mod NYC sushi parlor," according to Thrillist.
At 2B Asian Bistro, it's actually possible to begin your dinner with a bag of gold. That's because the Bag of Gold appetizer uncannily resembles its namesake—its tiny fried pouches contain shrimp, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. The appetizer paves the way for the menu's larger dishes, which present diners with a choice: Japanese or Thai? The former category covers teriyaki entrees as well as sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls. Specialty rolls include the Golden Dragon—spicy tuna and mango topped with plantain slices—and the Pink Snow Roll, smoked salmon and avocado wrapped in soy paper. As for the Thai plates, they range from curry to Bangkok duck paired with cinnamon-plum sauce. You can even order your pad thai accompanied by an entire lobster, rather than just its tail and signature top hat.
Moonchine Asian Bistro's lunch and dinner fare congregates the exquisite dishes and soy-sauce sensations of Vietnamese, Thai, and sushi traditions. Embark on a Southeast Asian gastro-voyage on a pontoon of crab rangoon ($6.95) before exploring the Thai-style Gang Dang red curry ($12.95)—super-charged with bamboo shoots, bell peppers, and coconut milk—or Indochine fried rice ($12.95). Sushi samplers can dabble in a variety of fish-squeezed rolls, such as the Vampire Roll ($9.95), packed with shrimp tempura, tomato, and roasted garlic to exasperate and/or melt Draculas and their ilk. Irrigate a bellyful of Asian cuisine with an appropriate libation, such as the popular Gekkeikan Cap Ace Sake ($9.50) or the Hakutsuru Sake Draft ($8.50). Banana tempura with vanilla ice cream ($6) and the fried Thai doughnut ($6) highlight the coffee and dessert menu, providing after-dinner sweet-tooth appeasement or pre-dinner appetite spoilage.
Sushi N Thai, which is open daily, brims with staff ready to adorn tables with steaming dishes of crispy, sauce-slathered thai duck ($17) or other classic Thai or Japanese dishes from its extensive dinner menu. The Beauty and the Beast roll ($10) sets tuna and eel, the star-crossed lovers of the marine world, in an ensemble of scallions, avocado, asparagus, and masago. Drunken noodles ($12) sway eaters into the slippery embrace of mixed vegetables, basil, and rice noodles sautéed with egg, and the kake udon ($10) dunks broccoli and black mushrooms in a hot bath of japanese wheat noodles. Thai curries ($13–$17), like traffic lights in heaven, can be summoned in red, green, or yellow varieties at the customer's whim.