The who: Restaurateur Arjun Waney (of Zuma, Coya) opens this trendy homage to Asian and Latin flavors, DÔA, that stays open until 5 a.m. seven nights a week. Chef Carlos Estarita heads up the kitchen.
The space: Situated on Collins Avenue, adjacent to Collins Park, the 160-seater is outfitted with a central island bar, DJ booth, lounge area, maki counter and an expansive outdoor terrace on Collins Avenue. A color palette of orange, gray and lime green gives the space a funky, colorful vibe that adds to all the culinary theatrics on display.
The dishes: Nikkei, Chifa and Asian-Peruvian cooking styles. The flavors are unique to the Asian-influenced cuisine born in Latin America. Expect maki rolls, tiraditos, hot pots and grilled meats and seafood. Prices are wallet-friendly compared to its pricier sibling restaurants, with starters $5-$16 and mains $20-$39.
Start off with a round of snacks of crispy squid and vegetable spring rolls. Then it’s on to steamed Asian buns with pork belly or soft shell crab. Dim sum is available in varieties of shrimp shumai or beef gyoza while the DÔA rice hot pot is done with pork belly and rocoto pepper hoisin or Nikkei seafood style.
Raw dishes feature the Arjun Scallop Tartar, a traditional ceviche and hamachi crispy rice. Maki rolls take on Peruvian elements with the ceviche roll dressed with leche le tigre and run the gamut to spicy tuna, salmon and spider roll made with kimichi and avocado.
A Nikkei rotisserie chicken rounds out the mains, which also feature spicy beef tenderloin, pork ribs and lamb chops.
Desserts keep the Lat-Asian theme going with churros stuffed with dulce de leche and ice cream and sorbet in flavors of cinnamon and yuzu.
Bottom line: A handsome “Lat-Asian” spot from Zuma owners, with more affordable pricing and late night hours.
- 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
- Hours: Monday to Friday, 6 p.m. – 5 a.m. Saturday to Sunday, noon-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.- 5 a.m.