Chef’s Corner – Drew Andrade

Chef Drew Andrade —
Executive Chef,
Tanuki

Raised in Memphis, TN, Executive Chef Drew Andrade of Tanuki credits his mother and her home cooking as the source of inspiration for his career. Committed to becoming a chef, Andrade jump-started his career at the age of 13 when he he landed his first job in the kitchen at Equestria where he helped the prep cooks, learning the ropes of a professional kitchen. Upon completing his education at MTSU in Nashville, Andrade moved to Los Angeles, determined to further his position in the culinary landscape. He landed a job as sous chef at Wolfgang Puck’s famed Beverly Hills hotspot Spago where he was first introduced to Japanese influence. Seeking out the opportunity of a lifetime, Andrade relocated to Spain where he worked as the mentee of Martin Beresategllia at his restaurant, which received an impressive three Michelin stars. Following his time in Spain, Andrade further cultured himself with a move to Dubai where he secured the opportunity to open Novikov. Ready to head back to the states, Andrade made his move back to Miami where he now serves as the Executive Chef at Tanuki.

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Izaka-yasssss

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.

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MMTM Giveaway: Gyu-Kaku Brickell

A few weeks ago we were invited to a Grill-Off competition at Gyu-Kaku Brickell along with some of our foodie friends where we (attempted to) showcase our grilling skills. While we enjoyed the friendly competition, we unfortunately did not come out victorious. But, you know who wins regardless? You! Our loyal readers! As a consolation prize, we’re offering you the opportunity to win a dinner for two + a $65 bottle of premium Sake. To whet your appetite, here’s a little more information about Gyu-Kaku.

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MYUMI is Food Truck Fresh

Omakase is a time honored Japanese style of dining that essentially offers the chef the choice of what sushi to serve you based on what he feels best represents his skills. Food trucks are a modern way for start-up restaurateurs to get their food out to the masses and are perhaps one of the biggest trends in contemporary American cuisine. Most would say that these two things should be kept far, far away from each other, but Myumi – a new sushi food truck in Wynwood, of course – is taking on that notion by serving up an innovative sushi experience that our city has never seen before.

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Roe Fusion

I know what you’re gonna say… “Do we really need another Latin-Asian fusion restaurant?” If I’m being honest we probably don’t, especially in downtown Coral Gables where there are at least 10 different Sushi, Latin or fusion options to choose from. But, whether we want them or not, they just keep popping up – the latest being Ikura Sushi Lounge, located in the middle of “Restaurant Row” (aka Giralda Ave.). Now, don’t be fooled, Ikura is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I recently had the opportunity to check it out, and this place is putting up a serious fight to make a name for itself and stand out from the crowd.

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Chef’s Corner – Chef Bee

Piyarat Potha Arreeratn (aka “Chef Bee”), Oishi Thai
Chef Bee was born in the small town of Ban Sankhohiang in Northern Thailand, on the Laos and Myanmar border. Atthe age of 18 he moved to the United States to study at the University of Central Florida in Orlando after which he decided to move to Miami to pursue his passion for cooking. Having no formal experience, he worked his way up the ladder, getting his start in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher, a busboy, and a foodrunner at several Miami area restaurants before landing a sushi chef position at Nobu. Since then, Chef Bee has not looked back and opened his own restaurant, Oishi Thai, in 2005 in North Miami. The restaurant – as well as Chef Bee – quickly became a favorite of diners and critics alike and has received a variety of accolades, including placements on the Miami New Times “Best of Miami” and CitySearch’s  “Best Miami Thai Food” lists; a number one rating in the esteemed Zagat Guide; and three and a half stars from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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If you’re not slurping, you’re doing it wrong…

As a lover of Ramen (and, no, I’m not talking about the microwave stuff we all used to eat in college), Momi Ramen had been on my radar for a while. Maybe it was the mixed Yelp reviews or the somewhat inflated prices, but for some reason the place just never made it to the top of my list. Subconsciously I think I didn’t want to be let down by another faux-Japanese restaurant in Miami. I mean, what’s with all the Thai-Japanese restaurants in this town anyway? Those cuisines and cultures have nothing to do with each other! But, I digress…

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Chef’s Corner – David Sears

David Sears, Executive Chef, Sushi Samba Coral Gables
A while back, we shared with you guys the amazing experience we had at Sushi Samba Coral Gables. With a glowing review, we decided to further explore the magic behind the kitchen and have a Q & A with Chef David Sears, who’s leading all culinary efforts at the new Coral Gables hotspot. Sears may be the new head honcho in charge, but he’s no newbie to the culinary world. He’s an established chef who’s led the team at Temple Orange at the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach as Chef de Cuisine and was crowned winner of the reality TV chef series, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell on the Food Network; all this among a series of other well-deserved accolades under his belt.

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Samba’s on a Roll

Decorative. Festive. Damn good sushi. That’s the synopsis of Sushi Samba Coral Gables. Ominously located across the street from the long-time favorite, Sushi Maki, this new dig is ready to reign as the cool, new kid in town. I seldom visit the Lincoln Road location (Sushi Samba Miami Beach), mostly because of the tourist infestation. The food experiences on several occasions have been highly unmemorable, so this lunch at Sushi Samba Coral Gables was all an overall pleasant surprise.

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