The Land of the Rising Sun has given people many things to enjoy with their faces, including karaoke, plasma televisions, and karate chops. Experience another delicious Japanese innovation with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of modern Asian cuisine and drinks at Yuga Restaurant, located in the heart of historic Coral Gables. This Groupon is valid for dinner only (Monday–Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.).
The menu at Yuga is a mixture of classic Japanese dinner fare with modern influences from around the world. Put the speeding bullet train of flavor on a collision course with your mouth starting with an appetizer of house-recommended ehringe (royal trumpet mushrooms stir fried with smoky bacon, $8.50), crispy lamb ribs ($9.95), or a sashimi tasting presentation of whitefish in ume-plume sauce, spicy tuna and herbs, and tropical ceviche with pineapple and lychee ($16). The sushi tradition is well represented at Yuga, with classic rolls such as unagi (eel and cucumber, $4), funky rolls like the Miami Heat (conch fritter, cream cheese, mango, lettuce, and cucumber with spicy mayo and mango sauce, $7), and Nothing Raw rolls like the Thai bomb (lemongrass-chili shrimp and calamari with cucumber, $6.50). Large plates such as the garlic beef tataki (seared steak with ponzu broth over baby spinach, $14.95) and the lemon black-bean giant prawns with asparagus ($18.95) will satisfy a mighty hunger, and noodle-loving noggins can order delightfully tubular meals like the yellow curry vermicelli, with gulf shrimp, Chinese sausage, onions, spinach, and bell peppers ($12.95) from the noodles and rices selection. Finish your experience with some Thai donuts, served warm with chocolate, strawberry, and condensed-milk sauces ($5).
The modern approach to cuisine is reflected in the décor at Yuga, with dark wood chairs and cool, calming, sage walls. Tables are decorated minimally, with an asceticism that brightens with joy as you sit down for your elegant meal.
Yuga is closed on Sundays.
- The contemporary Japanese food, painted with pan-Asian influences, is placed on white plates as delicately as calligraphy on a scroll. – Lee Klein, New Times
The Miami Herald adds:
- Everything here is indeed elegant -- and oishi (delicious). – Miami Herald
- I've been going to Yuga for about a year now. I go at least twice a month and i've been rarely disappointed. They have the best brown rice sushi and they divide their menu into small and large plates so you can either get something for yourself or share a few things with friends. – MMARI007, TripAdvisor
- …we ordered fresh and tender dishes of seafood or chicken with flavorful veggies and a choice of brown rice. My memories are of excellent seasonings and healthful cooking. The portions were large and the prices low to reasonable. – MiamiKM, TripAdvisor
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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