Japanese speakeasy BLK Orchid opening at Townhouse Hotel Oct. 17

Opening Friday, Oct. 17 in the space formerly known as Bond St. at the Townhouse Hotel (150 20th St., Miami Beach) is BLK Orchid, a “Japanese Speakeasy restaurant concept,” featuring “an authentic Japanese menu executed in French culinary technique.”

Despite the quotes, the resto’s  kitchen staff has serious creds, helmed by executive chef Michael Fulci, a Ducasse protégée and former executive chef at the now defunct La Maison, with assistance from head chef Keiko Namakaji, who acquired his sushi and traditional Kaiseki skills in Hiroshima.

As for the speakeasy part of the place, they serve booze – the mixology program is curated by a sake sommelier – and the place is located in a quasi basement. 

While the bar will offer the menu a la carte, the dinning room will serve three, prix options.

In lieu of sushi, they will offer oshi, or box sushi, a type of sushi from Osaka preserving fish by packing it tightly in boxes with fermented rice. 

The prix fixe menus will feature such dishes as lychee ceviche, oysters in ponzu and shavings of foie gras and duck in caramelized miso.

A requisite, resident D.J. will spin sounds of Asia and South of France “uplifting the animated atmosphere to another level. “

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