KYU MIAMI | 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2017
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In The Daily Meal


#101 KYU, Miami

An Asian fusion restaurant in Miami? Ho-hum, right? Not this time. This “wood-fired Asian grill,” opened in late 2016 in the city’s Wynwood Arts District, pretty much ignores the clichés, instead offering imaginative, vividly flavored vegetable, seafood, and meat dishes with mostly subtle Japanese and occasionally Thai or Korean accents. Begin with crisp pork belly steamed buns, grilled octopus with hearts of palm, or beef tartare with Japanese mustard vinaigrette and soy-cured egg yolk, then move on to roasted grouper with sake-braised white beans, Korean fried chicken with butter-braised chicory, or beef short ribs with sweet soy and garlic. Grilled asparagus with bacon-miso dressing is pretty much an obligatory side dish. KYU also bakes what must be the best crusty non-Asian-style bread of any such establishment in America, and the racy cocktails (like Ronin’s Revenge, combining Dobel tequila, pink grapefruit and lime juices, and ginger beer) nicely supplement the short, merely adequate wine list. The art-graced industrial-look dining room looks cool as hell.


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