1118 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables; 305-668-9890; other locations in Boca Raton, Weston, Coral Springs, Kendall, North Miami Beach, Cutler Bay and Wellington; MoonThai.com
Located across the street from the University of Miami’s main campus, this restaurant serves scores of Thai and Japanese dishes in a dimly lit but comfortable, U-shaped dining room. The sushi offerings are respectable (and, yes, they include a Miami Hurricane Roll), but we favor the Thai menu, thick as it is with appetizers, salads, soups and noodle, curry and sauce dishes. The portions are so large that we’ve yet to finish one at the restaurant. Patio seating is available, but the noise from the highway can be a distraction. Eat inside, if you can. Moon has seven other locations in South Florida, including restaurants in Weston, Boca Raton and Coral Springs.