A blast of Modern Japanese Flavor – Zuma Miami

The décor is modern and stripped of any superfluous adornment, just a perfect balance of color and symmetry inside: a feast for all the senses.

By Brenda Benoit

zuma inside

Mister H. was my dining companion. We both had been here before and were anxious to try different dishes, different from what we usually order so we could embark on a new culinary adventure.

We started with the Yaki Toumoro Koshi: Sweet corn with shiso butter. The pieces of corn were impaled with a stick and perfectly cooked, the dark grill marks imparting and incomparable flavor, the green shisho (a herb from the mint family) added a distinctive note that made this dish special; such great flavor and texture with each bite. Wow.

Yaki Toumoro Koshi: sweet corn with shiso butter
Yaki Toumoro Koshi: sweet corn with shiso butter

The Japanese Mizuna Salad with bacon and maple dressing that Mister H. had was just beautiful. The Mixed Leaf Salad that I had was more heaven in a bowl, served with maple shichimi dressing. The best salad I have had in a long time, such subtle flavor and gorgeous color.

Mixed Leaf Salad
Mixed Leaf Salad

Buta-Bara Yuzu Miso were kurobuta pork belly skewers with yuzu mustard miso. Perfectly caramelized, smoky-sweet, tender, heavenly morsels of pork belly made each bite a superb event, like a dynamite of flavor exploding in the mouth. Kurobuta pork is valued for its juiciness, taste and tenderness, it is pink-hued and heavily marbled and will bring any pork lover to their knees. The yuzu mustard miso sauce added a big, slamming dose of taste that was crazy-good. Yuzu is a citrus fruit that originates from East Asia.

Buta-Bara Yuzu Miso - kurobuta pork belly skewers
Buta-Bara Yuzu Miso – kurobuta pork belly skewers

The Yellowtail Don with wasabi, myoga and serrano pepper caught me by surprise, stunning in its simplicity yet so rich in goodness, each morsel an exceptional blast of flavor.

 Yellowtail Don
Yellowtail Don

Rice was slathered with the myoga sauce (Japanese ginger or myoga ginger) and topped with thin slides of yellowtail fish, garnished with microgreens. What a beautifully clean tasting dish! This was truly a one-of-a-kind delight.

Mister H. had the Salmon Teriyaki with pickled cucumber. I had a bit, it was a deeply delicious dish with fantastic seasonings.

Salmon Teriyaki
Salmon Teriyaki

For desserts we had the Chocolate Flan and the Coconut Tapioca. The Chocolate and tofu flan, ginger streusel, sake foam and salted caramel ice cream was awesome.

Both desserts were yummy but the Coconut Tapioca also caught me off base.  The mixture of textures commingling with the coconut was pure whimsy. Beautiful, just beautiful.

Chocolate Flan
Chocolate Flan
Coconut Tapioca
Coconut Tapioca

So am I biased when I speak of Zuma? You bet I am. When I die, if I go to heaven, a dish of yellowtail don would be an excellent welcome followed by Coconut Tapioca.

zuma outside

 

ZUMA Miami

270 biscayne boulevard way

miami, florida 33131

(located in the epic hotel)

http://www.zumarestaurant.com

 

T +1 305 577 0277

F +1 305 577 0279

 

www.zumarestaurant.com

info@zumarestaurant.us

 

 

 

 

Brenda Benoit

Brenda Benoit was born in the city of St. George’s in Grenada and grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. She has been living in Miami for over 20 years, loves to cook, eat and to try new restaurants & cuisines - always with her camera as a companion. She's a dedicated cookbook collector and is in the process of writing one of her own.

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