Hungry Posted: Back Door Monkey

Not your typical Japanese eatery, but it feels right at home in Wynwood

Location:Wynwood

Address:2328 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Cuisine
Japanese

Ambiance
Wynwood vibes - loud, fun and kitschy 

Background Music
Live DJ every night 

Pricing

By: Destiny Beck

WHAT TO EXPECT


From the team behind the party spot, Dirty Rabbit, Back Door Monkey is definitely not your typical Japanese eatery, but it feels right at home in Wynwood. The focal point of the restaurant is 1940’s war-theme. Think replica tank-turned-DJ-booth with spinning house music. A majority of the venue is open-air but well covered for rain and with plenty of fans. There are a few socially-distanced two tops inside, bathrooms with pink palm frond wallpaper and gold mirrors that beg for selfies, and of course, monkeys. Lots of monkeys.

THE MENU


We kicked off the night with cocktails. There were only four signature drinks to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. Our favorites were the Noise Ordinance with tequila, crème de cassis, mango, lime and a touch of wasabi agave and A Pair of Drunken Monkeys with vodka, pear, apple juice, lemon and a holiday-inspired cinnamon-cardamon-basil-honey syrup. 

The main draw on the menu is their fresh raw fish, but they also offer vegetarian and vegan options. Standouts on our visit were the earthy Tuna & Octopus Ceviche with avocado, myoga, scallions, tomato, red onion, ginger and truffle ponzu, the citrusy Cobia Crudo with heirloom cherry tomatoes, yuzu vinaigrette and kosho and red onion, and the Hamachi Serrano Maki – a roll with king crab salad, serrano pepper, chives, mango and yuzu-truffle mayo. For the main dish, we went with the BDM “Wok” Fried Rice because how do you say no to 24-hr braised pork belly? 

If you still have room, the Caramelized “Roasted” Pineapple is a fairly light finish with ginger, vanilla ice cream and coconut crumble. 

Back Door Monkey is also offering a 3-course menu for Miami Spice featuring all of these dishes. 

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES


Staff and guests were all observing Miami’s Covid-19 protocols, and there were several easily accessible hand sanitizer stations plus they utilize QR code paperless menus. Seats were properly distanced but by 9 pm, they were on a wait in order to manage the limited capacity. As always, we recommend an early reservation if you want to avoid the crowds. Once things open back up and restrictions are lifted, you can expect Back Door Monkey to be a dance party. 

HOW TO SCORE A TABLE


BOOK YOUR TABLE HERE.