- By Kevin
- On Apr 20, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
There’s never been a better time to visit Miami. The city has long boasted the flavors of Cuba and Latin America, and brand new locally-owned, chef-driven restaurants are opening up every day. There’s also a broad range of Asian cuisine across Miami, from Coconut Grove to Bal Harbour and everywhere in between. Whether it’s Chinese, Thai, Japanese or an inventive, only-in-Miami fusion, here’s where to find the best Asian food during the trip to Miami city.
Ask a Miamian what their favorite Japanese/sushi restaurant is and there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll respond with a twinkle in their eye: Makoto. Helmed by Chef Makoto Okuwa at the swanky Bal Harbour Shops, it’s a treat for a lunchtime shopping break or an extravagant dinner. Amongst their exquisite menu, top dishes include the frosty kobe fried rice with foie gras and a jidori egg that cooks tableside before your eyes, the wagyu short rib robata grill and the Hamachi ponzu sashimi. 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154.
Top Chef star Dale Talde’s eponymous restaurant inside The Confidante hotel (formerly The Thompson) became an overnight hit with its late night happy hour menu and high-energy, “hip hop” vibe inside a gritty, yet stylish industrial space. And that says nothing of the pan-Asian food, which is positively addictive at Talde. We’re talking Korean fried chicken, crab fried rice, pork wonton ramen noodles and Vietnamese garlic shrimp. Everything packs a flavor punch that makes it impossible to put down your chopsticks. 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.
There’s perhaps no local restaurant group more beloved than Pubbelly and their Pubbelly Sushi is at the top of the heap. Think of this laidback Sunset Harbour restaurant as a destination for creative, deconstructed sushi and inventive Japanese. With everything from sushi rolls to New England-style rolls and a robata grill, you’ll be in small plates heaven here. A few items not to skip: the spicy big eye tuna crispy rice roll with truffle oil, the snow crab roll with ponzu and clarified butter and the wagyu beef tartare roll with a truffle poached egg for dipping. 1424 20th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139