High end Kaori by Walter Martino opening in Brickell area February 23

Opening Tuesday, February 23 is Kaori, Brickell area’s latest restaurant, a Japanese place helmed by so-called “Italian celebrity chef Walter Martino,” a former private chef in Ibiza dubbed the “Million Dollar Chef” after the Prince of Dubai bought the solid gold and diamond-encrusted plate Martino served his dinner on for a million Euros. Sounds like he’ll fit right in here in Miami.

Kaori will feature a “cutting-edge, 360-degree cinematography technology with art, ambient music, intoxicating scents, and exclusive seating.”

“I chose Miami to be the home of my very first restaurant because I feel the worldly audience will appreciate my culinary vision,” said Martino.   

That vision is influenced by his Italian heritage and “passion for the Japanese cuisine.”  The menu features small plates such as Kaori rolls including a version made with Bresaola Wagyu Beef, Caciotta DI Bufala Cilento, Iceberg, Mango, Giusti Balsamic and Truffle Honey ($26), sashimi, ceviche, brocheta and homemade pastas including Fagottini Stuffed with Caciotta White Truffle of Alba Piemonte served in Pistacho of Bronte Sauce ($12).  Sushiotto is a signature mashup of risotto and fresh fish ranging from a saffron essence to a rich calamari ink ($18-22).  

There will also be three tasting menus where “extravagant ingredients will be utilized including edible silver and gold and paired with only the finest liquors, champagne and wines which are priced at $300, $500 and $700.”

The drinks menu was created by Nick Nistico who successfully developed programs for Volver by Chef Jose Garces and the Regent Cocktail Club and include a cherry wood Smoked Old Fashioned served in a Smoked Snifter Glass, Bell Pepper Caraway shaken with Red chili and cilantro oil dots and an Apricot Fig infused beverage. Prices range from $17-$43(!).

Kaori will be open only for dinner, from 6 p.m. until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.