Downtown Dadeland has become home to the fifth branch of this burgeoning chain, founded in Miami Beach in 2011.
“The decor is unique in every location. Our graffiti artist always creates a different mural,” James Beard Award-nominated chef and co-owner Jose Mendin says. “The mural here is a design with koi fish and dragons.”
A hip vibe incorporates an open kitchen, black accents and brick walls. Red Asian lanterns hang above a two-side tufted burgundy leather banquette that runs down the middle of the room. Alfresco seating is covered.
Favorites include butter krab roll ($12), salmon tartare taquito with avocado mousse ($12) and tuna pizza ($16). The Japanese robata grills chicken yakitori ($10), steak anticucho ($17) and octopus with spicy lemongrass and crispy garlic ($18). Sweet endings feature dulce de leche mousse with matcha brulee foam ($9) and chocolate miso bread pudding ($11).
Sake cocktails reign ($11-$15), such as the Fu-Manchu with pineapple, yuzu and jalapeno syrup.
“The Aventura Mall location is set to open in December or January, and we also have another sushi restaurant in Mexico City set to open in January,” Mendin says. “We’re interested in going north, but we don’t have a set place we’ve signed.”