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By: Shayne Benowitz

While Greater Miami & Miami Beach has long boasted the bold flavors of Latin America, that hasn’t always been the case when it comes to Asian fare. Not anymore. Today, Miami’s sophisticated Asian restaurants range from Chinese to Korean, Japanese, Indian and incredible fusion cuisine. These restaurants have not only earned the esteem of local foodies, but also the venerated MICHELIN Guide. Here’s where to find the best Asian restaurants in Miami.

Whole roasted branzino at Makoto
Don't miss Makoto's exquisite offerings in the luxurious Bal Harbour Shops

Bal Harbour

Makoto

Ask a local what their favorite Japanese/sushi restaurant is, and there’s a pretty good chance they’ll respond with Makoto. Helmed by Chef Makoto Okuwa, this longtime Bal Harbour Shops mainstay is a treat for a lunchtime shopping break or a sophisticated dinner out. Favorite dishes on the exquisite menu include the frosty Kobe fried rice with foie gras and a jidori egg that cooks tableside, Wagyu short rib robata grill, and Hamachi crispy rice.

Meals plated in metal canisters at Ghee
Find authentic Indian dishes at Ghee Indian Kitchen

Kendall

Ghee Indian Kitchen

Ghee Indian Kitchen is the brainchild of Chef Niven Patel, who cut his teeth in the kitchen of Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink (a James Beard Award-winning restaurant in the Miami Design District). With a sophisticated take on Indian cuisine, Ghee’s menu highlights include crispy cauliflower, local fish marinated in turmeric, and beef korma. Patel sources produce from his own farm, dubbed Rancho Patel, and works with local purveyors to craft a constantly changing menu. This level of commitment earned this restaurant in Kendall a spot on the MICHELIN Guide’s Bib Gourmand list for restaurants that exhibit both excellent quality and value. For newcomers, the best way to enjoy a meal here is with the three-course, family-style chef’s tasting menu.

Little River

Kojin

Named for a Japanese god of the kitchen, Kojin offers a dining experience that revolves around a six- or nine-course tasting menu and an impressive sake program. Helmed by husband-and-wife duo Pedro and Katherine Mederos, the concept at this restaurant in the Little River area near Little Haiti is as ambitious as it is inviting. It’s also earned the respect of the MICHELIN Guide as a recommended Miami restaurant. Here, modern Japanese fare is infused with creative flavors and ingredients, such as the kabocha tart with pepita praline and a traditional chawanmushi egg custard scented with truffle. A meal here typically opens with oysters and closes with Katherine’s sublime desserts, such as the delicate Earl Grey confection made with lemon sauce and peach jelly.

Cote Ceviche topped with bright orange trout roe
Experience a glamorous night out at Cote Miami

Miami Design District

Cote Miami

Since opening in the Miami Design District in 2021, Cote Miami – a clubby, upscale Korean steakhouse from Manhattan – has earned a MICHELIN star and a reputation for being one of the hottest tables in town. In fact, tables here come customized with gilded grills where dry-aged USDA Prime and A5 Japanese Wagyu sizzle before your eyes. The sleek, dimly lit dining room is awash in black marble with gold backlighting, anchored by a circular bar with an expertly crafted cocktail program. For restaurateur Simon Kim, an evening at Cote is as much about “fun and fire” as it is about fine dining. It’s a destination for serious foodies to enjoy a glamorous night out.

Itamae

Situated beneath the stars in the Miami Design District’s enchanting Palm Court, Itamae has struck gold with its mouthwatering menu of Nikkei-inspired Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. What started as a vendor at the nearby MIA Market food hall has become a 40-seat al fresco restaurant with a spot on the MICHELIN Guide’s Bib Gourmand list. Here, you’ll find creative, delicate takes on sumptuous fusion cuisine, including Hokkaido scallops with parmesan and lime, bluefin tuna tiradito with capers, and a dazzling selection of nigiri.

Westchester

Tropical Chinese

Established in 1984, Tropical Chinese is a cult classic and a rite of passage for any true Miami foodie. Set in a strip mall in the Westchester area, it’s the place to go for authentic Hong Kong-style dim sum (with more than 50 items to choose from). Fresh, steaming dumplings roll through the dining room on carts, along with delicacies such as the crispy shrimp ball, roast pork turnover, beef dumplings, stuffed tofu and much more.

Taiyaki's unicorn ice cream in their signature koi-shaped cone
Try Asian ice cream flavors at Taiyaki NYC Miami

Wynwood

1-800-LUCKY

1-800-LUCKY is a hip, indoor-outdoor Asian food hall in the heart of Wynwood that’s home to a wide range of fast-casual eateries dishing up everything from dim sum to poke bowls, banh mi, ramen, sushi, pork buns and more. There’s also a cocktail bar and the Instagram-worthy Taiyaki NYC ice cream shop (try a fish-shaped waffle cone with colorful matcha ice cream). Whether you swing by for lunch or arrive late at night when a DJ typically presides over the scene, 1-800-LUCKY always promises a good time. You can even book a private karaoke room to sing your heart out with friends.

Hiden

It’s not unusual to plan a month in advance to score a reservation at Hiden, one of Miami’s hottest omakase dens. That’s partly because the intimate Wynwood speakeasy hosts only eight guests at a time, with two nightly seatings. Since earning a MICHELIN star, those reservations have not gotten any easier to come by. The ever-changing eight-course chef’s tasting menu consists of cold and hot dishes along with dessert made of fresh, seasonal ingredients. This is a memorable evening out.

KYU Cauliflower
Indulge in KYU's pan-Asian dishes

KYU

KYU is one of the most popular spots in Wynwood. With accolades ranging from the James Beard Foundation to the MICHELIN Guide and Time magazine’s “Best Restaurant in Florida,” KYU is dedicated to pan-Asian, wood-fired cuisine and offers both small and large plates. Menu highlights include cauliflower drenched in shishito-herb vinaigrette and goat cheese, hamachi with white ponzu, Thai fried rice stone pot and Korean fried chicken. Expect an excellent wine and cocktail selection. With a vertical garden exterior wall and minimalist-chic industrial interior, the scene here is buzzy and sophisticated.

Uchi Miami

James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole brought his unconventional Japanese cuisine to Wynwood in 2021 with Uchi Miami. As one of the few American sushi masters, Cole is a true student of the art as demonstrates in dishes such as yellowtail hama chili with ponzu and the Nikkei-inspired bigeye tuna akami crudo with aji amarillo. Japanese for “home,” Uchi has found a welcoming home in Miami.

Butter krab roll at Pubbelly Sushi
Satisfy your sushi crave at Pubbelly Sushi

Multiple Locations

Pubbelly Sushi

At Pubbelly Sushi, the perfect order includes the bigeye tuna roll on a crispy, sticky rice cake with truffle oil, the krab roll with clarified butter, the Wagyu beef tartare roll, rock shrimp tempura and shishito peppers. Pair that with a bottle of sake, and you're set. The success of this local restaurant group’s original location in South Beach’s Sunset Harbour area has led to outposts across Miami where locals flock for deconstructed sushi with a Latin flair.

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