Wynwood is one of Miami’s hottest neighborhoods, and a big reason for that is its restaurants. The area has become a culinary destination, and it’s all thanks to fun eateries like Buya, where great food and vibes await guests.
Hungry customers seeking a casual Asian dining experience will find it at the Japanese izakaya, which boasts a mouthwatering menu of shareable plates. Round up a few friends and dive right into flavorful selections that are easy on the budget.
Start with something fresh and light like the Wagyu tataki before indulging in something a little more “crunchy & munchy.” The karaage chicken—crispy fried goodness with kewpie mayo and Szechuan—is a highlight of the diverse menu, and you’ll find that this shareable plate is worth keeping all to yourself. Another crunchy delight is the tempura beech mushroom with onion ash and Tokyo ranch; it’s an Instagram-worthy dish that’s equal parts beautiful and delicious.
Pork belly buns, baked sweet potato, and the duck gyoza hot pot should also be a mandatory part of any Buya meal. In fact, this is a place where we recommend over-ordering; the price point makes trying a big chunk of the menu an easy sell. The Chef’s Tasting Menu is one of the best deals in town at $45, and adding a sake pairing costs only an additional $30.
While a majority of the menu is meant to share, there are several heartier options available for guests who just want to stick to one plate. Enter the “Big & Bowl-sey” selections, which include the likes of short rib ramen, spicy tuna donburi and karaage donburi. Each dish is a full-on meal, but we still recommend complementing them with one or two of Buya’s other options; you just can’t not try as much of the menu as possible.
If you visit on a weekend, you can expect even more tasty dishes to choose from. The restaurant offers weekend brunch service; you’ll find all the regular menu favorites plus some extra breakfast-y fare. Food-wise, guests can nosh on wagyu steak and eggs, sweet potato hash, and karaage chicken and waffles.
No brunch is complete without booze, and Buya delivers on that front, too. Expect to find items like the Fuji sangria with Fuji-apple infused Bushido sake and the 24th Street Mimosa (sake and OJ or peach puree), the latter of which is available in an unlimited format. Hungover? The Detox cocktail with carrots, celery, apples, ginger, and turmeric is sure to perk you right up. Brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Buya is already big on value, but their weekday happy hour from 3-6 p.m. lets guests save even more money on items like karaage chicken and bao buns, which are both available for $4 each. Wash them all down with $4 draft beers, wine, and sake. That’s what we love the most about Buya: No matter when you visit, it’s always a good time.