The Who: Zuma owner Arjun Waney brings his upscale Peruvian spot, Coya, to Brickell, joining locations in London and Dubai.
The Space: Interiors are lavish and meticulously scuffed to evoke a colonial residence. Antique furniture was brought in from Peru, titanic pisco jars were made in France by a specialty glass blower, and an open kitchen rapidly keeps pace with the thumping lounge music. For an annual fee, a Members Lounge is available for guests to stash their cigars and liquor at the restaurant.
The Dishes: Modern Peruvian. Expect South American tapas, lots of seafood, enthusiasm for peppers, and a melting pot of Latin and Japanese influences. Prices are as upscale as sibling Zuma, with small plates averaging $12 and mains in the $30s.
About a dozen ceviches and tiraditos form the basis of the menu, with dishes like seabream with ají amarillo, crispy corn and cilantro, and yellowfin tuna with soy, sesame seeds and shrimp cracker. Silky slices of salmon are paired with with aji mirasol, quinoa and onion escabeche, while small dishes of corn salad are made with three types of Peruvian corn. Anticuchos are available, from chicken to the traditional ox heart and even mushrooms.
Entrées served in iron pots are filled with Peruvian dried potatoes, butternut squash and a poached egg or Chilean sea bass, rice, lime and chilies. A 28-day aged rib of beef with mushrooms will satisfy the less adventurous. Veggies include Peruvian asparagus with tomato dressing, broccoli with chile and garlic butter, and crispy potatoes in a blend of spicy tomato and huancaína sauce.
The Bottom Line: An energetic Latin American stunner, this Brickell hot spot serves updated takes on Peruvian classics with a side of scene.