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Sakaya Kitchen

3401 N. Miami Ave., Ste. 125 (NE 36th St.) Send to Phone
305-576-8096 | Order Now! | Menu
Asian fusion fare at a low-key neighborhood joint hiding in a shopping mall.
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Sakaya Kitchen Restaurant Review

: Its location in a row of shopping mall eateries may initially fool folks into thinking Sakaya (derived from izakaya, or Japanese tapas bars) serves fast food. But chef/owner Richard Hales' wildly inventive Asian fusion fare is far from it, though it is indeed prepared quickly. Share kimchi-spiced tater tots or spicy pork croquetas. French Culinary Institute-trained Hales, formerly a sommelier at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s Azul, left the fine dining world to follow a personal dream that incorporates eco-consciousness, and his commitment to using sustainable, seasonal ingredients is serious enough that the menu is unpredictable from day to day. However, Korean slow-roasted pork ssams with house-made pickles and sweet chile sauce, enclosed in spongy steamed buns, are always available, and soft-shell crab ssams with spicy mayo may be even tastier. Rice bowls topped with various proteins and vegetables along with intensely flavored sauces are signature entrées; if you can't choose, KFC (Korean fried chicken) and ginger-sweet soy Brussels sprouts never disappoint. Look for beer or saké to wash it all down. For dessert, try the fresh-baked colossal cookies, such as the snickerdoodle.

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