Asian food is having a moment in Miami. From restaurants focused on regional-specific cuisine to those fusing a mash-up of pan-Asian fare, here are nine new ones to put on your radar:
Jaya: The newest restaurant at The Setai in Miami Beach is set to open Dec. 11. Chef Mathias Gervais, a recent Chopped winner, is overseeing a menu that spans Chinese dim sum, Indian curries, Korean kimchi fried rice and more. Jaya replaces The Restaurant at The Setai. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-520-4200, @SetaiDining.
Phuc Yea: The owners of Miami’s The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions are opening Phuc Yea, a Vietnamese restaurant with Cajun influences, by year’s end. Until Phuc Yea opens its doors, chef Cesar Zapata and partner Ani Meinhold are previewing their new menu Mondays-Wednesdays for lunch and Mondays for dinner at The Fed (5132 Biscayne Blvd.), with delivery available through Caviar. 7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; @PhucYea.
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Naiyara: The Thai street-fare restaurant from Chef Bee of Oishi Thai (14841 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami) is this close to opening after months of construction and permitting delays. With final permits in hand and a liquor license on the way, Naiyara should be wheels-up by month’s end. No stranger to social media, Chef Bee, whose truffled salmon tacos won people’s choice at the recent Tacos & Tequila Showdown, will let his followers know when Naiyara is ready. 1854 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; @NaiyaraMiami.
Komodo: LIV nightclub founder David Grutman and China Grill Management’s Jeffrey Chodorow are partnering on this three-level, indoor-outdoor, modern Asian restaurant in the heart of Brickell. Set to open in December. 801 Brickell Ave., Miami; @KomodoMiami.
Da Tang Unique: Around the block from Komodo, Chinese-American businessman Shan-Jie Li is opening his interpretation of a modern Chinese restaurant in the Four Ambassadors building in Brickell. Set to open in December. 801 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami; 305-371-6500.
Cake Thai Kitchen: Chef Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchareondee is opening a second location of his popular Thai restaurant (original: 7917 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), in the Wynwood Gateway Complex at Northwest Second Avenue and 29th Street. Set to open summer 2016. @cakethai.
Bazi: Chef-owner Michael Pirolo’s modern Asian restaurant in the revamped Marlin Hotel has edamame dumplings on the menu as well as Peking duck served in a three-course progression. Look for the Miami Herald’s review of Bazi in next week’s Tropical Life. 1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-0101, @BaziMiami.
Talde: Top Chef contestant and New York restaurateur Dale Talde’s Miami Beach outpost is now open nightly for dinner (including late-night weekend hours) at the new Thompson Hotel. Talde is serving Asian-American hits like kung pao chicken wings, wonton ramen and more. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-605-4094, @taldemiamibeach.
Nobu: Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s high-end, modern Japanese restaurant has officially moved from its previous home at the Shore Club to its new digs at the Edec Roc. 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-3232, @nobumiamibeach.