Like pea-plant genetics, fusion cuisine carefully mixes distinct tastes in an effort to make something Gregor Mendel will eat. Indulge in craftily enmeshed meals with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Japanese-Brazilian fusion fare and drinks at Kone Restaurant.
Kone's culinary artisans meld a menu merging Japanese sushi, seafood, and grilled cuisine with spicy Brazilian notes. Zap drowsy dates into tasty alertness with an appetizer of oysters vacationing from the Gulf of Mexico ($12.50) before moving on to a seaworthy entree of lemon-caper-kissed salmon ($19.50). Turf-based dishes, including Cuban-style skirt steak drizzled in peppery criolla sauce ($22.50), sate terrestrial teeth and water-wing-dependent taste buds. For those preferring their cookery uncooked, sushi selections including seaweed-wrapped veggie rolls ($6.00) and sassy Copacabana rolls bursting with avocado, cucumber, and mango ($8) are readily available.
Kone’s bold-tangerine walls and radiant light fixtures welcome guests' eyes to drink in the décor as they drink smooth sips of cappuccino ($3.50). The restaurant closes at midnight five days a week and at 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, providing late-night entertainment without repetitive infomercials.
Near Miami beach, bright red slices of tuna steal glances from everyone in the vicinity before a plate of king crab legs arrives to take over the show. Kone takes its culinary inspiration from all around the world, resulting in a seafood-driven menu that fuses colors, flavors, and ingredients from distant points of the globe. A typical meal here might open with lobster tempura maki or Gulf oysters served fresh on the half-shell. But it's hard to ignore the lengthy list of housemade pastas, from classic lasagna to gnocchi bolognese. As they dine on the open-air patio, diners mingle over mojitos and wine, taking in the surrounding ambiance of Espanola Way's palm-lined streets, the restaurant's charming cafe-style facade, and the distant wail of jealous seagulls.
445 Espanola Way
Miami Beach, Florida 33139