Sushi Kong Crushes on Coral Way

By Mitchell Nover

Sushi Kong (3000 Coral Way, Coral Gables) is not your average sushi restaurant, so traditionalists beware. Rather, the concept out of Venezuela is very much a Japanese-Latin fusion restaurant meant to move diners outside of their comfort zones. Combining an avant-garde, comic book style decor, a menu that actually gets more interesting outside of the sushi section, and #dessertporn that will leave you drooling, Sushi Kong delivers both a memorable and monstrous meal. I hope you’re hungry…

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1111 is a Peruvian Grand Slam

By Caitlin Marino

Upon arriving to 1111 Peruvian Bistro, I was delighted to find an elegant and sophisticated lounge with a friendly staff, which gave me the initial impression that there was a clear attempt to blend the relaxed environment of a casual tapas bar with the elegance of a high-end restaurant. I was welcomed, alongside many patrons who were also ending their workdays, with a similar need to relax and eat! The kitchen was fully visible and the intimacy of the restaurant was felt throughout. Once settled, it was time to recall what I knew of Peruvian cuisine, and learn more about 1111 which promised a novel twist on traditional dishes.

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Chef’s Corner – Francisco Anton

Francisco Anton, Chef/Owner, Cardón y el Tirano
A native of Isla Margarita, Venezuela, Chef Francisco Anton moved to the U.S. when he was 16 years old. After growing up between Louisiana and earning a business degree in Orlando, he decided to follow his passion for cooking and went to live and work in NYC. After stints in Brooklyn and Manhattan, he came into his own under Maximo Tejada who taught him how to merge his flare for Latin cuisine with French technique. After a few years, Chef Anton moved to Miami and, before opening Cardón y el Tirano, worked alongside Michael Shikany at SHIKANY and was also heavily recruited to work with Alex Chang at the Vagabond. Instead of continuing on a path of working for others, however, Chef Anton decided to follow his dreams and open his own restaurant, offering a contemporary take on more traditional menus from all over Latin America.

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Crazy About Cardón y el Tirano

I have to admit that when I first heard about Cardón y el Tirano, a new Latin restaurant in Little Havana, I didn’t really pay much attention. One day I happened to be driving down Calle 8 and saw the sign in an old shopping center near Versailles and thought, “Oh, that’s where that place is,” without really giving it a second thought. Nonetheless, as a still-relatively-new food blogger, I’m always looking for new off-the-beaten-path restaurants to try, so when approached by Chef Francisco Anton himself to come in for a taste, I went ahead and accepted. What did I really have to lose anyway? Needless to say, I went in to my dinner reservation not exactly having the highest of expectations…

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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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Dinner at The Dome

The Dome is a quiet, quaint and unassuming spot in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Miracle Mile. If you’re not looking, you’re bound to miss it. The concept is based on sustainability, and it is the first and only LEED Certified restaurant that you’ll find in Coral Gables. To go along with its green accolades, The Dome hosts an impressive menu of Latin fusion cuisine and bespoke cocktails. When visiting The Dome, you’ll find menus on iPads and a plethora of weeknight specials (think Wednesday’s Art Night with a selection of $5 bar bites or Karaoke Fridays with $1 champagne for the ladies and reverse happy hour, among many more.)

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