Japanese and Latin flavors meet at Palmar in Wynwood



180 NW 29th St., Miami, 305-542-0532, PalmarMiami.com

The owners of Cake Thai have converted it into this contemporary Chinese concept in Wynwood.

“It’s an underserved genre in Miami,” says Javier Ramirez, one of the two Venezuelan owners who also own Alter in Wynwood.

Highlights include Sichuan chili crispy prawn ($13), jasmine-smoked pork ribs ($19), soft-shell-crab fried rice ($23) and for dessert, banana dulce de leche spring rolls ($7).

“We’ve incorporated Japanese and Latin flavors and techniques,” says consulting chef Albert Diaz, former head chef of the acclaimed Zuma in Miami and London. “We’re sourcing a lot of local and natural ingredients.”

One of his favorites is roasted barbecue char sui pork buns ($10). “We make these in-house twice a day. So when we sell out, that’s it for the day,” he says.

He also prefers the spicy braised rabbit with noodles ($15). “I’m sure you won’t find this dish anywhere in the city,” Diaz says.

A green corner façade contrasts the red glow inside from a sea of hanging lanterns.

“We wanted to make it a Miami restaurant, so we used green from the palm trees, the color pink, and red from China,” Ramirez says.

Lunch and dinner are served daily, except Mondays, with brunch to come in 2018.

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