The first time I dined here, years ago, I was flabbergasted by the clean, crisp and sparkling flavors of the food. I had to return just to see if this was still my favorite restaurant in Miami.

 

zuma inside 3

The décor was still modern and stripped of any unnecessary adornment, just a perfect balance of color and symmetry inside: a feast for the eyes. This time though, for the first time, we sat outside.

zuma outside

outside zuma copy

View of the Miami River from Zuma
View of the Miami River from Zuma

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.

Mister H. waiting for food
Mister H. waiting for food

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 buttet

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 were kurobuta pork belly skewers with yuzu mustard miso
Buta-Bara Yuzu Miso were kurobuta pork belly skewers with yuzu mustard miso

pork belly skewer

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

Rice was slathered with the myoga sauce (Myōga (茗荷?) 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.

yellowtail don

The Yellowtail Don
The Yellowtail Don

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

Salmon Teriyaki 
with pickled cucumber
Salmon Teriyaki 
with pickled cucumber

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.

Kill me now so I get to taste these dishes again.

zuma inside 2

Photo source: http://hauteliving.com/2010/05/welcome-to-the-neighborhood-the-haute-5-new-restaurants-in-miami/48362/
Photo source: http://hauteliving.com/2010/05/welcome-to-the-neighborhood-the-haute-5-new-restaurants-in-miami/48362/

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

Zuma also has an excellent cocktail selection that is worth checking out.

Video Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxMXhM9gzxY

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