Etaru Excels with an Eclectic Eating Experience

By Caitlin Marino

Hidden behind the Hyde and Hallandale Beach Water Tower, ETARU (111 South Surf Rd, Hallandale Beach) is vibrantly coming up to make its name known amongst its upscale neighborhood and within Miami’s Japanese culinary scene through a noticeable dash of contemporary glitz and killer oceanfront views.

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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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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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Foodie Friday

Hey foodies, hope you all had an amazing (short) work week and that you are ready for the weekend once again. We sorta love everything about Januarys in Miami, don’t you? The weather is the envy of America and our every day pace feels a little slow as we transition into a new year; it’s always one of our favorite months. Have you been to any good restaurants lately? It’s definitely busy season in Miami, considering above said weather. If you haven’t, don’t fret! We have an exciting line-up of reviews in store for you and can’t wait to share them as the New Year continues to roll in. In the interim, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web!

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Kappa Rolls + Bowls Keeps Things Good + Simple

By Caitlin Marino

Located in North Miami near the Biscayne Bay FIU campus, I checked out the newest player in the “build your own meal” field: Kappa Rolls + Bowls! Very similar to Chipotle, for example, the concept is, as the name suggests, a variety of rolls and bowls that can be totally customized. From the type of rice and protein included to the toppings and dressing, it’s all up to you.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – SUSHISAMBA

By Caitlin Marino 

We all know SUSHISAMBA as a well-known staple of Miami Beach’s famous landmark, Lincoln Road. You’ll always find outdoor dining tables under the enormous, and now iconic, orange umbrellas packed with natives and international travelers who all simultaneously sit outside to enjoy the novelty of people watching. On a warm September night, I headed over to try a few of the “Signature Items” as well as the specially-curated dinner menu highlighting the best of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian cuisine fusion for their Miami Spice menu created by Executive Chef Cesar Vega.

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We Say ‘Si’ to Burrito San

By Caitlin Marino

There are times when I think that Miami is a city fixated on attempting to stay on trend with the ‘next best thing’ in food. One of those trends is the “hybrid” restaurant. Naturally, Miami lends it self to certain food hybrids being the melting pot of Latin (and other cultures) that it is. Think Nikkei (Peruvian and Japanese), Jamaisan (Jamaican and Chinese), and almost anything the Cuban community touches (from pizza to Chinese and more). Recently we’ve seen the arrival of more modern hybrids like Loba (Latin and Southern Comfort), Sarsaparilla Club (American Dim Sum), and Cardón y el Tirano (Pan-Latin). In my humble opinion, the geniuses at Burrito San became the newest MVPs of restaurant hybrids in our city when they decided to combine sushi and… burritos!

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Kona Grill – Your Destination for International Sushi Day

By Caitlin Marino

Although originally starting as just a Facebook fan page where sushi lovers could rejoice, International Sushi Day has grown to become a total foodie phenomenon and is annually celebrated on June 18 (…as if we needed another excuse to indulge in our favorite Japanese cuisine.) While Doral may not necessarily be the first place you think of when strategizing on top sushi destinations, the city’s recent (and developing) culinary boom brings some new, affordable and enticing options. As my first contributing gig, I ventured over to Kona Grill located in the newly developed dining area of Dolphin Mall to get a head start on the celebratory festivities. Opening their first location in South Florida, Kona Grill is already an established brand throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and boasts an incredibly robust menu to satisfy the pallets of all dining guests, from sushi fans to those who might prefer a more traditional American meal.

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Keepin’ it Kaori

One of the things I love most about dining out is the experience. Recently, I read an article online that reinforced that we should spend our money on experiences rather than material possessions. Studies have shown time and again that these are what bring true happiness to our lives. With that said, there are few things I don’t feel guilty about when spending ludicrous amounts of money. Food and dining are most definitely at the top of that shortlist.

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Hungry for Hannya

Most Miami natives are familiar with Akashi in South Miami and its reputable menu as a place for very good sushi. In fact, the folks at Akashi have been making sushi dreams come true for more than 20 years and have no doubt become a favorite among locals. Last fall, the Akashi team decided to take their sushi magic to the changing terrain of Brickell for a shot at the hustle and bustle of a new neighborhood crowd.

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