Miami's 10 Best Asian Restaurants: From Dim Sum to Fab Pho

Asian fare, which is a category apart from straight Japanese or strictly Chinese food, is an entirely different type of fusion experience in Miami than it is in other cities. The Magic City's ethnic influences are Latin American, and many of the Asian influences emigrated to South America and the Caribbean before they came this way. So Miami sees interesting combos like the Japanese-Peruvian dishes served at Miami Beach's infamous Nobu.

There's lots and lots of Thai and sushi places, and like Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts, they always seem to be paired together. That's okay, because there's more than enough happy customers to frequent them; after all, it's almost impossible to dislike dishes that utilize the fresh product that comes from these shores.

This category also brings you a few top-notch Vietnamese joints, plus Bali Cafe, an Indonesian-fusion eatery that's quite popular with the Downtown suit crowd. 

You might notice that South Florida doesn't have much in the way of Cambodian, Tibetan, Bhutanese or other exotic cuisines; that's because the populations that bring the restaurateurs haven't arrived. Yet.

But what Miami has, Miamians celebrate. Whether it's Asian fusion at Dadeland's Lan Pan Asian or the locally beloved Tropical Chinese, the citizens of and travelers to the Magic City stand with fork, chopsticks and soup spoons at the ready.

Sakaya Kitchen

Sakaya, an innovative Asian fusion restaurant, has taken the city by storm with its creative interpretations of traditional Asian dishes. The moment they walk through the door, guests are greeted by a chalkboard wall sporting daily specials and...  Read More

Tropical Chinese

Find Chinese cuisine at its best at this spacious, airy restaurant. Devoid of all the typical decorative trappings, the minimalist interior at Tropical Chinese is always full of fans clamoring for some of the best dim sum in town. Cantonese and...  Read More

Chef Johnson Teh has got Asian food covered. Not only does he do Thai, Japanese and Chinese flavors in this pan-Asian cafe, he likes to add in Filipino, Taiwanese, Korean and a blend of original interpretations that Miamians can only label...  Read More

Nobu Miami Beach
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The Miami location of world-famous Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's chain of restaurants is located inside the swank Shore Club and has a reputation for being the favorite sushi spot of local celebs. The key to dining at Nobu the first couple of times is...  Read More

Bali Cafe

Despite its small, humble dining room, Bali Cafe delivers on quality and service, making it a Downtown Miami favorite. The comfortably cozy atmosphere and expertly prepared, authentic dishes like Lontong Cap Go Meh are offered at astonishingly...  Read More

Miss Saigon Bistro is a tiny, family-owned favorite featuring some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in all Miami-Dade. The decor is simple and minimal, providing a clean, serene setting for your meal. Delicious meat and seafood offerings are...  Read More

Oishi Thai

A well-established favorite with the North Miami crowd, Oishi Thai is a consistent bringer of quality on both its Thai and sushi sides. Sushi is expertly cut and always a fresh pleasure, and the Thai food is also particularly aromatic, unlike in...  Read More

Katsuya resides within the SLS Hotel South Beach and has quickly become the absolute best place to visit for unique custom-made sushi rolls in all of South Florida. Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi has spent years perfecting the delicate art of...  Read More

The Zagat Rated, AAA Four Diamond Award Winning restaurant Hakkasan has much to brag about. This gem inside the world-renowned Fontainbleau Hotel on Miami Beach is known for its unique and authentic Cantonese dishes, including a weekend Dim Sum...  Read More


Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

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