Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in palatable progress with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of modern Asian cuisine and drinks at Yuga Restaurant in Coral Gables.
Voted Best Japanese Restaurant in 2007 by the Miami New Times, Yuga Restaurant packs its multifaceted dinner menu with modern Asian edibles, including sushi, specialty vegetarian dishes, and curries. Seared rare, the mushroom-crusted tuna combines an 8-ounce fillet with a coating of wild mushrooms and herbs before turning it loose in a tank of red miso broth ($18.95). Yellow curry vermicelli’s gulf shrimp, chinese sausage, and veggies ($13.95) pair up with the meaty Japanese beef curry ($11.95) to double-team appetites into submission, and myriad sushi creations sate cravings for rolled-up eats, getting the job done with eclectic options including wonton crisps with asparagus and cream cheese ($6) or fried chicken with avocado and mayo ($9.50). To satisfy sweet teeth, dig them into thai donuts with chocolate, strawberry, and condensed milk sauces ($5) or gobble daifuku mochi, a red-bean-filled sweet rice cake ($4). With a long list of potables at their disposal, diners can wash down their meal with a flight of artisanal cold sake and wine, or use it to load a squirt gun and take back a childhood tree fort.
The delicate scent of lemongrass and galangal wafts from a bowl of jumbo shrimp, whose coconut-milk broth belies the fiery undercurrent of jalapeño chilies. Nuanced dishes such as these have earned Chef Johnson Teh's Yuga Restaurant its status as Best Japanese Restaurant in 2011. His pan-Asian dishes were heralded in a New Times article as “subtle yet stunning, a dainty but daring calibration of sweet, tart, salty, and spicy that ignites into singular bursts of exquisite taste.” Not content to linger in the kitchen, Chef Teh further deepens the public's appreciation of Asian traditions by hosting themed dinners whose topics have included macrobiotic cooking, Filipino comfort food, and tips for discerning cryptic fortune cookies.
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357 Alcazar Ave.
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