By Mitchell Nover
I’ve said many times that Miami is lacking in quality Asian food, but I recently stumbled upon a restaurant that offers unique yet authentic fare in the most unexpected setting — the heart of Alton Road on South Beach. That’s right, Tanuki (1080 Alton Rd, Miami Beach) masterfully serves up a taste of Asia in a contemporary setting. Don’t let the flashy façade fool you, you’re into a fun foodie experience.
Hi foodies, October is here! And what a relief it is to be done with September… This last month was a tough one, what with Hurricane Irma and its effects here in South Florida, in the Keys, and across the state. Not to mention the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where many of our friends and family live, and the earthquake in Mexico, which also touched many of our loved ones. That said, we’re moving forward, onwards, and upwards, and there’s a lot to be thankful and look forward to. An extension of Miami Spice through the end of October, for one. There’s a lot going on this month in Miami, including a number of ways our foodie community is coming together to help those still in need. For all that and more, check out our monthly round-up of local foodie news below. Enjoy!
Chef Masamoto Hamaya —
Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market
Chef Masamoto Hamaya was born and raised in Japan. He went to college in Arizona, but returned home to Tokyo to go to culinary school. He came back to the United States to embark on an impressive culinary career: Hamaya was Head Sushi Chef at Uchi, James Beard Award Winner Tyson Cole’s restaurant in Austin, Texas, and he has played key roles as Executive Chef at Ozumo and Executive Sous at the Michelin starred Ame in San Francisco.
By Mitchell Nover
Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market (5241 NW 87th Ave, Doral) is not your traditional Japanese restaurant. While it’s rooted in Japanese comfort food, its menu is a globally-inspired take on traditional Izakaya (aka Japanese gastropub) dishes. In addition to a raw bar, and extensive sushi and sashimi selection, Dragonfly also features a progressive beverage program and an adjoining fish market will nod to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan where guests can participate in educational seafood workshops and purchase items ranging from house-made bottled sauces to fresh seafood sourced locally and from exotic waters across the globe.
For all of you food lovers out there, we’ve got the perfect poem for you:
“Roses are red, pizza sauce is too. I ordered a large, and none of it’s for you.”
OK, so while we’re sure many of you wouldn’t hesitate to spend a nice, quiet evening home alone with a large pizza, some of you may be looking for a slightly more romantic Valentine’s Day dining experience this year. If so, you’re in luck because we’ve rounded up some great V-Day options for your perusal below. Whether you’re looking to impress your loved one with a fancy dinner, head out to a bar with your best girls or guys, or anything in between, Miami’s got you covered this year. Enjoy!
Wow, is it hot outside or is it just us? Summer has arrived in full force and you know what that means…backyard BBQs, poolside fetes, boat bashes, or lots and lots of indoor eating and drinking with the A/C on blast. However you decide to escape the heat, the Miami food scene’s got you covered from new restaurants and pop-ups to refreshing cocktails and National Ice Cream Month specials. Check out our round-up below to see what whets your appetite. Enjoy!