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 "yum." So while it's difficult to perhaps pinpoint all his influences in some dishes, such as the crispy almond snapper in the saffron-soba broth, it's also hard to really care. From appetizers like the wild mushroom salad with cilantro-ginger dressing to the Filipino rice bowl topped with pork, a sunny-side-up egg and pickles, it's a veritable bonanza of playful Asian flavors. Complementing the fare, Teh also serves authentic bubble teas, house-made sodas, and a select sake and wine list. A sibling establishment in Coral Gables, Yuga, expands on the pan-Asian theme in a slightly more elegant way, and a food truck, Lan on the Go, has put the bubble teas on wheels.
Recommended for Asian because: Lan Pan Asian is the best Asian meal you can afford in Miami. Nothing but tasty eats and service with a smile!
Priscilla's expert tip: As it is one of Miami's only bubble tea bars, you'd be wise to try some here. Actually, try the house made ginger ale, too.
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 available, and each dish can be customized to your ideal level of spiciness. Vegetarians and vegans will be especially happy with the selection here, as this is one of the few restaurants in town featuring dishes made with seitan. Sample great salads, such as green papaya or spicy calamari, and filling noodle dishes topped with savory sauces. Caramelized prawns and grilled salmon with mango are two seafood favorites. A nice wine list and a short but stellar dessert menu make this an all-around winner. Business casual attire.
Recommended for Asian because: Miss Saigon gets praise on our list thanks to their commitment to great Vietnamese cuisine and varied menu with items for vegetarians and vegans!
Priscilla's expert tip: If the meters are full, try parking at the lot across the street for under $2.
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 sushi and has carefully crafted several special rolls to fit American palates. Signature dishes include Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Kanpachi Tataki, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalape–o and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. Feel free to peruse the drinks menu as well, or go off the cuff and order up a Katsuya Fresh (their signature cocktail featuring Grey Goose vodka, Rock Sake, crushed cucumbers and lime juice). Katsuya has been wildly popular in San Diego and Houston, with Miami being the newest edition to their line of fine sushi venues.
Recommended for Asian because: Katsuya's service is well-revered among locals and their sushi is second to none.
Priscilla's expert tip: If you want to save a few bucks, park at one of the lots a few blocks down (or go all in and spend $25-35 on valet at the hotel).
The Miami location of world-famous Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's chain of restaurants was once inside the Shore Club, but now enjoys a permant place within the Nobu Hotel (now part of the renowned Eden Roc). But despite it's short move a few blocks away, you'll quickly notice Nobu still retains its reputation top notch cuisine as well as being the preferred sushi spot of local celebs. If it's your first time, don't be shy. Ask questions! Servers are happy to guide you through the menu and help you navigate the sushi experience. Or else, feel free to navigate onto new experiences: start with a butter lettuce salad with lobster perhaps, or maybe the eggplant spicy miso is more your style. Nosh on shishito peppers or wagyu tacos before indulging in king crab, japanese eel, spicy tuna, lobster tempura, and so much more. It's high-quality Japenese-Peruvian fusion cuisine at its best and worth every penny.
Recommended for Asian because: The quality of cuisine at Nobu is unmatched and there's a good chance you'll be seated next to Dwayne Wade. That's reason enough.
Priscilla's expert tip: If it's your first time (and even if it isn't), ask for the Omakase tasting menu. With enough courses to leave you satiated, including some off-the-menu choices, you won't regret it.
Makoto is one of the top Asian restaurants in the area, located in the ritzy Bal Harbour Shops. This modern Japanese spot is the dream-child of James Beard semifinalist Stephen Starr and Iron Chef competitor Makoto Okuwa. Chef Okuwa has over twenty years of experience and was once head chef at Morimoto New York and Philadelphia. You'll find plenty to write home about at Makoto's, including traditional and contemporary Japanese flavors enjoyed in a chic-yet-casual ambiance. Opt to dine in the elegant, wood-heavy dining room or enjoy sitting in the lush, green outdoor patio area. You can also grab a quick cocktail at the lively bar.
Recommended for Asian because: Makoto frequently receives high accolades for its prompt and attentive service, but we also know the flavors are spot on.
Priscilla's expert tip: If you've got a date, try the Chef's combination sushi platter. You'll enjoy a number of robust flavors and probably even take home some leftovers.
For over a decade, Zuma has been the spot for top notch izakaya-style dining in Miami. It's where you go to impress a date, celebrate, or simply treat yourself with flavorful Japanese cuisine. Chef Rainer Becker's Miami location (because yes, there's a Zuma in nearly every happening city from NYC to Rome to Dubai and beyond) offers ambiance, waterfront views, and an unbeatable menu featuring everything from grilled shishito peppers and fried softshell crab for starters, to an array of robata seafood, beef, and vegetable dishes, to signature plates like black cod marinated in saikyo miso wrapped in hoba leaf. And don't leave without asking to see the extensive sake list–"you probably won't get another opportunity to try this many varieties in town.
Recommended for Asian because: Zuma is a Miami staple that offers some of the best Asian cuisine in South Florida, with ambiance and an impressive sake list to boot.
Priscilla's expert tip: While the main dining area is splendid, opt for the lounge for a more casual lunch (or a cozier date), or the outdoor terrace to up the romance.
Located in the prestigious Setai Hotel, this expansive restaurant is situated around an open kitchen and bar and outfitted with high ceilings, neutral tones and striking Asian decor. Patrons may also dine in the serene courtyard, surrounded by lovely ponds and pergolas. Executive chef Mathias Gervais, who has trained with some of the world's best, prepares some of the most interesting and authentically flavored pan-Asian dishes in the city. Don't miss chawan mushi, an awesomely silky Japanese egg custard with bits of asparagus, shiitake and hon shimeji mushrooms, and tofu, flavored with yuzu zest. Or incredible steamed scallop dumplings with black truffle emulsion. Or miso black cod with daikon consomme, flavored with yuzu and the pepper mixture ishimi togarashi. The Chinese barbecue pork belly with ginger-carrot mousseline is succulent and crispy, all at once, and the grilled Wagyu strip loin lives up to its pedigree with a soy-olive oil gravy.
Recommended for Asian because: Dining anywhere in the Setai is always great, but Jaya's inspired decor and pan-Asian menu allows patrons to enjoy the best of Asia in Miami.
Priscilla's expert tip: Make reservations for Sunday's Jazz brunch from 11:30-3pm to get the best seats.
Peru has been influenced by Japanese cooking for generations, inspiring a fusion of flavors that has traveled from South America to the kitchens of Miami. Today, we can experience that cultural collaboration at Osaka Nikkei, a Brickell-area gem where diners are delighted by nigiri side by side with ceviche, and wagyu steaks with an inka gyoza complete with aji sauce. Locals already know the magic that happens in restaurants where different cuisines come together, and tourists are just as enamored. And with multiple locations around the world, you know the folks at Osaka Nikkei are definitely doing things just right.
Recommended for Asian because: Gorgeous architecture and doubly delicious sushi coupled with superb service make Osaka worthy of everyone's attention.
Priscilla's expert tip: Stop by for brunch sometime where you can pair tuna tartare and a veggie brasa with all you can drink sake, Sapporo, sangria, and then some.
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 Lunch that high-rolling locals are raving about. Chef de Cuisine Jian Heng Loo has created incredibly delectable dishes including a Black Pepper Beef Tenderloin and a Crispy Duck Salad with Jasmine Tea-Smoked Ribs. Once seated inside this aesthetically divine restaurant, peruse the menu and pick out an appetizer (wild mushroom lettuce wrap, duck roll) for starters; then move on to your main dish (wok baked lobster in supreme stock, tofu claypot in black bean sauce); and wash it down with one of their inspired cocktails (the Hakka, Zen Garden).
Recommended for Asian because: You won't find better dim sum in South Florida, so it's understandable that Hakkasan made it high on our list.
Priscilla's expert tip: For the best deal, check out their prix fixe menus, including a vegetarian dim sum and a summer tastings menu!
Located in the heart of bustling Brickell is this multi-level restaurant and lounge combo that always draws a crowd. Komodo is brought to the masses by David Grutman, whom you may know of as the man behind South Beach's STORY and the unforgettable LIV inside the Fontainebleau. With Komodo, he's created a one-of-a-king eatery and venue features a 300-seat dining area and three bars with impressive cocktail lists. The food menu blends Southeast Asian dishes with some local flavors, with highlights like the tuna & toro roll, kurobuta pork belly, and bao Cubano. As for the lounge, you'll discover a trendy space with plenty of pop art on the walls and plenty of well-renowned musical talent to keep things moving on the weekends. Komodo features an executive lunch menu and nightly happy hour, but come any other time and you'll still be plenty impressed.
Recommended for Asian because: Southeast Asian dishes, unbeatable cocktails, and an ambiance that would make anyone jealous can all be found at Komodo.
Priscilla's expert tip: Komodo just got into the NFT game, and a purchase unlocks a special Fire and Ice dessert you won't want to miss!