New LatAsian restaurant in Miami Beach

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DÔA Miami Beach

Boulan South Beach hotel, 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-587-2000, DoaCantina.com

Arjun Waney, the man behind Zuma and Coya, has premiered what he calls a LatAsian concept that will serve until 5 a.m. nightly.

"This new brand is the first from our group of restaurants that will be born in the United States," Waney says. "The flavors are unique to the Asian-influenced cuisine born in Latin America. We are filling a niche that is all about value and approachability. There are too many low-quality overpriced expensive restaurants on Miami Beach."

Standouts include steamed buns, such as soft-shell crab ($10), scallop tartare ($13), spicy tuna maki roll ($14), pork belly ramen ($19), Nikkei seafood hot pot ($25) and spicy beef tenderloin from the charcoal robata grill ($34).

The Plastic City cocktail combines vodka, sake, watermelon and lime ($13).

On a sweet note, a molten cake is crafted with white chocolate and lucuma, a South American fruit ($8).

Peruvian-inspired floor tile surrounds the bar as a centerpiece, complemented by green banquettes, light-wood tables, zigzag open kitchen, cutout wooden partitions and wraparound patio. A DJ spins Thursday through Saturday nights, plus weekend brunch, in front of a pink-tiled wall with shelves of contrasting green glass balls.

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