The 2021 Miami Spice Asian Guide

Sushi, dim sum and a 6-course feast that includes ramen for $42

Sep
02
2021
PHOTO CREDIT JAYA AT THE SETAI
BY SARAH DUNN

Hey Hungries – how is it September already?! While we are looking forward to cooler temperatures (someday), we are facing the reality that we have only one month left to explore all that Miami Spice has to offer. In the latest of our series of Miami Spice guides, we are excited to present our Asian guide, a collection of some of the best Spice menus representing a variety of Asian cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Asian with a Miami toque.

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1. JAYA AT THE SETAI


Cuisine: Pan Asian
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 2001 Collins Ave
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Monday to Saturday & Dinner Monday to Thursday & Sunday
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE 

Jaya is an upscale Asian oasis with world-class service and food to match. With a retractable roof, palm trees, and a serene pond, the courtyard at the Setai seems more like the inside of a beautiful Asian pagoda than a hotel in Miami. Jaya at The Setai, appropriately named after its well-known interior designer, is a sanctuary amongst the chaos of Collins Avenue.  The menu features dishes from India, Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. These flavors are blended throughout the menu, which covers every Asian specialty from Dim Sum to Sashimi, including noodles, curries, and meat and fish specialties.

The Spice menu is a carefully curated sampling of the full Jaya menu. Appetizers include Salmon SashimiThai Beef SaladJapanese Leaf Salad, and Truffle Dumplings. The entrees have something for everyone, with a vegan/vegetarian option, fish, and beef: Spiced Cauliflower with turmeric potatoes, a grilled Snapper with papaya and apple slaw, Sea Bass Tikka ($12 supplement), and Wok Fried Beef. For dessert, we are looking forward to the Miso Puff, a cream puff with ice cream, and the Raspberry and Vanilla Vacherin, an elegant French delicacy with layers of toasted meringue, mixed berries, and ice cream.

2. DA TANG ZHEN WEI


Cuisine: Chinese
Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 801 Brickell Bay Dr
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Monday & Wednesday to Friday & Dinner Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE 

Da Tang Zhen Wei is the premier Hot Pot restaurant in Miami. Have you tried Hot Pot yet? If you haven’t, now is the time to experience it! Hot Pot is a Chinese specialty consisting of communal flavored broth served and heated tableside while diners add dipping sauce, raw vegetables, meats, or seafood to their individual bowls. It is often referred to as “Shabu Shabu” or “Asian fondue” and is a fun dining adventure for a group.

We love this Miami Spice menu because it is a hot pot meal! The appetizer is a choice of pork or chicken dumplings, and then the main course is your selection of hot pot. There are six varieties: Original Beef PotMushroom PotPumpkin Pot (yes, it’s September!), Chinese Herbal PotSzechuan Spicy Pot, and the Original Pork Pot. For dessert, cool down with your choice of red bean, mango, or strawberry Mocho Ice Cream.

3. PHUC YEA


Cuisine: Vietnamese
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Address: 7100 Biscayne Blvd
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Wednesday to Sunday
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE 

These days, pop-up restaurants are a major facet of the Miami culinary landscape. Did you know that Phuc Yea was Miami’s first pop-up? Ten years ago, in 2011, Phuc Yea opened a pop-up in downtown Miami. It later moved to the Upper East Side location we know today. The word “Phuc” means “blessings and prosperity”, and the food is a bold and vibrant blend of Vietnamese and Cajun flavors.

Phuc Yea’s Miami Spice menu is served family-style and each course includes a drink: a “welcome Tipple” with the appetizers, red or white wine with the main dish, and a dessert cocktail. To begin your meal, you can choose from the Smoked Salmon Roll, Scallop Crudo, and the Crispy Imperial Roll with shrimp and porkThe second course is the signature house PY Noodles: fresh egg noodles coated with lemongrass garlic butter, oyster sauce, and parmesan cheese. Entrees include Crispy Pork Masitas (5-spiced roasted pork shoulder), Veggie Curry, and Smoked Short Rib ($35 supplement). End your meal on a sweet note with the Chef’s daily choice of dessert.

 

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4. BUYA IZAKAYA + YAKITORI


Cuisine: Vietnamese
Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 250 NW 24th St
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Tuesday to Saturday
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE 

An izakaya is a casual Japanese eatery featuring street food and boozy beverages. Buya brought this concept to Wynwood when it opened last summer, modeled after their original location in St. Pete (opened in 2016). Celebrate their first anniversary in Miami by indulging in what is hands-down the most generous Spice menu we’ve enjoyed to date. We were lucky enough to try their Spice menu this week and we can’t wait to go back!

The Spice menu is a full chef-tasting menu! You read that right – for $42, you can enjoy a 6-course feast of Buya’s greatest hits. Each dish was incredible, but we definitely have some favorites. For the first courses, we loved the Blistered Shishito Peppers with carrot ginger ponzu, the Tomato Salad with fresh heirloom tomatoes and charred tofu (with a creamy cheesy consistency), and the Tempura Beech Mushroom, a delightful plate of lightly fried mushrooms dusted with an onion “ash”, served with a tangy Tokyo ranch sauce. The fourth course is the Yakitori: bite-sized marinated pieces of beef, seafood, or chicken on skewers. Our favorite was the Wagyu, perfectly cooked to a tender medium-rare and served with a shiso chimichurri sauce and a citrusy yuzu kosho sauce. Honestly, we loved it on its own with just a touch of sea salt. The fifth course is the main event: ramen! We could not get enough of the Short Rib Ramen with braised short rib, shitake, and black garlic oil in a yummy tonkatsu broth (made from pork bones). Dessert is Chef’s choice, and we were treated to an ice cream “sandwich” with green tea ice cream.

5. BLUE RIBBON SUSHI BAR & GRILL


Cuisine: Sushi
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 250 NW 24th St
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Monday to Thursday & Sunday
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE 

Blue Ribbon is one of our go-to’s for Sushi in South Beach. With locations in major cities across the US since 1992, they have extensive experience delivering award-winning sushi offerings and Japanese steakhouse fare. Miami Spice is the time to try Blue Ribbon at a special value. The menu includes sushi, sashimi, steak, and seafood, with no supplemental charges, it’s all included!

For appetizers, you can choose amongst Kanpachi Usuzukuri (amberjack crudo), Baby EggplantMaguro Zuke (soy-marinated tuna), and Beet Salad. Main dishes include Sushi (tuna, salmon, yellowtail whitefish, shrimp) and a choice of roll, Sashimi (two pieces), Grilled Prawns, and Flank Steak Teppanyaki. Diners can have Espresso Miso Crème Brulee or Okinawa Doughnuts for dessert.

6. HAKKASAN


Cuisine: Chinese
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 4441 Collins Ave
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Wednesday to Sunday
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE 

The Fontainebleau hotel is home to several special restaurants. A popular destination is award-winning Hakkasan, which serves Cantonese cuisine in locations all over the world. Hakkasan is usually reserved for special occasions but Miami Spice is an opportunity to spoil yourself for a fraction of the price (without hidden upcharges).

The Miami Spice menu is extensive, with a variety of choices included. Starters include a Dim Sum BasketCrispy Almond Prawn, and the Green Salad with mango. For the main course, diners can select an entrée and a side dish/vegetable. Entrée options feature the Stir-fried Snapper, Black Pepper Beef Tenderloin, Stir-fried Black Pepper Vegetarian Chicken, and Crispy Orange Chicken. To accompany your main course, choose from Hakka Noodles with mushroom and chives, Chicken Fried Rice with sweet corn, or Baby Pak Choi with garlic. The Spice menu includes two dessert options: Mango Custard and the Zen Chocolate Praline Crunch Bar.

 

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