Reviewed by: Fabiana Santana
Miami Beach, FL
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Sharing is caring, literally, at Miami's newest hotspot restaurant. SooWoo, which means sharing in Korean, is located in the heart of South Beach and is the brainchild of Seoul born Bok H. An, a 17-year restaurant vet. 12 Teppanyaki tables hold court where talented chefs show off their knife skills preparing dishes like hoisin-marinated hangar steak, scallop sashimi and live uni with white truffle. Gochoo –a Korean pancake dish with pork pepper + scallion, Bul Go Gi – thinly sliced marinated rib eye steak and the ever popular Bibimbop – assorted vegetables, egg fry and beef are some of the traditional Korean menu options. Chef Bryan Emperor - who apprenticed in Tokyo and earned a "Best New Restaurants" title from Esquire and Food & Wine's nod as "The People's Best New Chef" is leading the kitchen as Head Executive Chef. He is the Seven Sushi Samurai U.S. champion and trained at the three Michelin starred Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto, Japan. Chef Joe Bonavita, who did time in the kitchens of Todd English, Grant Achatz and Graham Elliot, is helming the kitchen as Exec Chef and is crafting the menu of sophisticated Japanese small plates.
Chris Hudnall, a consultant and founder of Bar Culture, puts his creative touch on the beverages taking inspiration and giving a figurative bow to Asian culture with his signature cocktail menu featuring can't miss libations like the SooWoo Bellini - a watermelon infused sparkling sake and the Tokyo Rob Roy made with, vermouth, chocolate bitters, cherry and Yamakazi 12 year whiskey (which is created with pure spring water that bubbles up from a bamboo grove).