Meet Miami’s new speakeasy sake bar: Kojin at KURA

So much food and drink is happening in Little River and more is to come. Next week, the up-and-coming neighborhood welcomes the KURA Sake Bar, a whisper bar behind the popular Hachidori ramen restaurant. The intimate space is just behind the back curtain in the dining room and has nothing more than a 14-seat counter and a couple of couches, so get ready to curl up. It’s private and inclusive at the same time – a welcome paradox in the world of hidden pubs.

Photo: Courtesy of Kojin at KURA / Donna Irene

Conceived as a sake bar, KURA also serves wine, beer, and a selection of sake-based cocktails curated by ChatChowTV’s local mixologist Gio Gutierrez. And in the same spirit of cooperation, KURA welcomes Kajin as the first food pop-up. Chef Pedro Mederos – most recently from the innovative dim sum spot E&P DMPLNGS in South Miami – heads the Washoku concept, which is due to open on June 22nd [E&P DMPLNGS] Pop-up was a success and further motivated me to focus on curating guest experiences while also presenting aspects of Japanese cuisine, ”says Mederos. “Our goal is to make unfamiliar kitchens enjoyable and entertaining for everyone.” Desserts are in the very capable hands of pastry chef Katherine Randolph, who founded Smile, a bean-to-bar chocolate company, in 2020.

Kojin and KURAPhoto: Courtesy of Kojin at KURA / Donna Irene

The small space gives guests the opportunity to see how food and drinks are being prepared right in front of them. It’s like Omakase without the pomp and circumstance and much more relaxed. “We want the experience of coming to Kojin to be unlike anything else you can find in Miami. We want to bond with every guest on a personal level, ”adds Mederos.

Kojin at KURA is open Tuesday through Thursday from 12pm to 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 12pm to midnight. Walk-ins are welcome until 5:00 p.m., after which reservations are required and can be made by DM to @Kojin_Miami.

Kojin and KURAPhoto: Courtesy of Kojin at KURA / Donna Irene

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