First look: Mr. Yum
It's an Asian invasion on Calle Ocho.
By Virginia Gil
The goods: In an area known for its Latin restaurants, your chances of finding a viable Asian option in Little Havana were slim, until Mr. Yum opened its doors to diners in late January. The unconventional location of this Thai/Japanese restaurant is as striking as its incomparable décor. Stark white tables juxtapose crimson walls and accents creating a sleek, Ikea-chic interior. The new resto's dining room is typically abuzz on any given night with diners and equally boisterous trance music. Were it not for the convenience of an adjacent parking lot, you may confuse Yum's for a hipster SoBe spot.
The grub: Most recipes come from owner Bond Trisransri's family traditions. In lieu of bread, Mr. Yum treats diners to hangover soup - a vegetable-heavy version of the traditional miso soup served in most sushi restaurants. The soup was a Sunday staple for Trisransri after a weekend of partying. Other signature dishes include the beef masaman Curry ($13.95) and chicken pad Thai ($12.95). Sushi bar creations include the traditional dragon roll ($12.95) and the aptly named Havana roll ($9.95), made with tempura white fish, avocado, cucumbers, masago and spicy mayo. You'll want to make sure you leave room for dessert, especially Mr. Yum's Y-shaped Thai donuts ($4.25).
The verdict: Authentic and moderately priced Thai food with South Beach flair, not to mention exceptional service, makes a trip to Calle Ocho worth the trek.
Mr. Yum, 1945 SW 8th Street, Miami; 786-360-2371
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