3250 N.E. First Avenue
Miami , Florida
Tel: 786 369 0353
Concierge.com's insider take:
Introduced in January 2009 by the folks behind Sushi Samba, this wildly popular spin-off restaurant's innovative tapas-meets-raw-bar menu and stunning warehouse-style space (reclaimed wood floors, soaring windows embellished with curving wrought iron) whisks you far from its strip mall location. Chef de cuisine Timon Balloo's Miami history includes stints at Design District hot spot Domo Japones and the Mandarin Oriental's celebrated Azul restaurant; his menu is a melting pot of fresh flavors inspired by Japanese, Peruvian, and Brazilian palates. Making the meal last all night approaches art-form status here: Cozy into one of the horseshoe-shaped booths to share small plates such as goat cheese croquettes, duck egg with beef-tongue stew, and flopping fresh Florida snapper sashimi with your fellow foodies. Then relax with a mojito before summoning the stylish servers for the next round—perhaps White Water clams on the half shell plucked from Sebastian Inlet, up the coast, or steak tartare with pickled shallots. A surprisingly affordable bill at the end of the night is a sweet finish.—Terry Ward
Open Mondays through Thursdays 11 am to 12 am, Fridays and Saturdays 11 am to 2 am, and Sundays 11:30 am to 1 am.