Sushi, ramen, banh mi, dim sum, sake … There’s no shortage of Asian food and drinks to be enjoyed. But where should you go for the very best in town? The following list will help guide you through some of the best Asian restaurants in Miami.
Buya Izakaya + Yakitori
For casual bites and drinks, look no further than Buya Izakaya + Yakitori. Those not familiar with the izakaya concept should know that these Japanese bars are essentially informal hangouts. Don’t let the laid-back vibes fool you, though: You’re in for some seriously tasty food.
The menu is mostly comprised of shareable plates like pork belly buns, street corn, karaage chicken, and other classics; make sure to bring friends. If you’re really hungry, opt for larger plates like the short rib ramen and spicy tuna dunburi. There are no wrong choices here.
Buya Izakaya + Yakitori is located at 250 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website.
Hachidori Ramen Bar
Up north in Little River, Hachidori Ramen Bar is making a name for itself with slurp-worthy bowls of the Japanese classic. There are only a handful of ramen options on the menu, but each one is loaded with flavor. First-timers should consider the O.G with a tonkotsu and miso broth and cured pork belly. Pick your spice level—hot is very hot—and dig in.
Other selections include a shoyu option with chicken broth and a shrooms option for plant-based patrons. While ramen makes up most of the menu, there are other items like Korean spicy wings, pork ribs, and sticky buns.
Hachidori Ramen Bar is located at 8222 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33138. For more information, visit their official website.
A more upscale Asian dining experience awaits at Hutong in Brickell, where guests can feast on an extensive menu of dim sum and other Chinese delights. The offerings are extensive, and items are mostly meant for sharing. Your best bet is to ask your server for recommendations, as things can get overwhelming fast.
Some highlights include the Sichuan-style lobster, prawn rolls, duck fried rice, and the beef rib in a lotus leaf. They’re all tasty but expect to spend a bit while here.
Hutong is located at 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. For more information, visit their official website.
Internationally acclaimed sushi spot Kosushi has made its way to South of Fifth. The Brazil-based concept has brought with it a number of appetizing options for diners. These options include king crab truffle, salmon aji Amarillo with caviar, and wagyu gyoza. Sushi and sashimi selections abound: crab, salmon belly, uni, toro … the list goes on. A curated list of wines and sake round out the selections for a truly immersive and exquisite dining experience.
Kosushi is located at 801 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website.
Rule #1 about visiting KYU: Always have a reservation. No matter the night, KYU is busy. Why? Because the KYU dining experience is unmatched. From the stellar service and beautiful décor to the delicious bites and whimsical cocktails, KYU knocks everything out of the park.
Rule #2: Get the tasting menu. At $75 per person, it’s one of the best deals in town and you’ll get to try all of KYU’s greatest hits (and then some) like the famous roasted cauliflower, Korean fried chicken, and the coconut cake. That’s all you need to know.
KYU is located at 251 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website.
Vietnamese food is hard to find in the 305, and Tran An is helping fill that gap. On the menu of this Little River sensation, you’ll find staples like green papaya salad, pork, and shrimp imperial rolls, and an array of banh mis, bowls, and pho.
The OG classic banh mi is a must, with its tasty chili-rubbed pork and country pate; the braised beef one is also a solid sandwich. Other standouts include the lemongrass beef stew and the house special broken rice. Try them all; the prices are kind to your budget.
Tran An is located at 215 NE 82nd Street, Miami, FL 33138. For more information, visit their official website.
Texas-based Uchi has set up shop in Wynwood, where chef Tyson Cole’s untraditional take on Japanese cuisine is making waves. Sushi and sashimi are the stars of the show, but the cool and hot tastings are just as impressive (and fascinating).
Some examples: the maguro and goat cheese; the pairing of bigeye tuna and goat cheese sounds strange, but it works. Same for the hirame usuzukuri, a dish made up of thinly sliced flounder and candied quinoa – an unorthodox but satisfying pairing. The key to making the most of your Uchi experience: an open mind and palate.
Uchi is located at 252 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website.