Miami Spice Gives Foodies Chance To Sample Delicious Japanese Food From ‘Zuma’ – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami’s popular restaurant advertisement, Miami Spice, is back, offering the opportunity to sample some of the city’s most delicious and upscale restaurants, including one that takes authentic Japanese food to a whole new level.
Welcome to Zuma, one of Miami’s most popular high-end restaurants serving modern Japanese cuisine that is authentic but not traditional.
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There are around 14 Zuma restaurants around the world.
The name means to move away from traditions.
The atmosphere is soft and welcoming with natural products and textures presented by an open kitchen that brings things to life.
“Especially at night, when we’re cooking steaks and the fire is blazing, you can hear the cook screaming. It is a wonderful feeling to see all the goings-on in a restaurant. It makes you happy to cook, ”said Chef Daniel Garner.
The word is wonderful, day and night at this hotspot.
“Almost every night there is a secret reservation and they come in through the back door and eat in the back room. They want this secrecy and we make it available to them, ”said Garner.
Zuma is participating in the 18th year of the Miami Spice Program, three course dinners for less.
The program was created by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and is bigger than ever.
“This year we have more than 250 restaurants with great deals for August and September. Lunch and brunch are $ 23 and dinner is $ 39 per person, ”said Janel Blanco of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Prices do not include taxes, tips, or beverages.
Back in the kitchen, Chef Garner prepares a Miami Spice tasting menu for select lunches and dinners.
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He’s grilling some giant tiger prawns on the Robatta grill, served with yuzu dressing.
“You mentioned that you undercooked it a little inside. It gives it texture and a nice juiciness with a little heat that works, ”said Lisa Petrillo of CBS4.
“It’s the yuzu chili sauce. It has a lot of flavor but is simple at the same time. We like to keep it simple and let it be as it is, ”said head chef Garner.
Next up on the evening menu is Spicy Beef Tenderloin.
“The spice comes from the chilli flakes. There’s also some sugar inside so you end up with something sweet and a little spicy, ”said Chef Garner.
A sample of Sashimi Chirashi follows. It’s a bowl of tuna, salmon, and yellow tail that sits on top of sushi rice with salmon roe and chili ponzu sauce.
Finally, two desserts, the ginger panna cotta and a miso caramel cake.
Zuma is pleased to be able to participate in the Miami Spice Program again this year.
“We want people to experience Zuma and it makes it more accessible to everyone so they can see what it’s about. So they can experience this level of food and drink, ”said head chef Garner.
Miami Spice is now operational through September 30th.
Zuma has selected days on the program. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and on weekends for brunch.
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For more information on Miami Spice and participating restaurants, please visit this website. You can find more information about Zuma here.