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NaiYaRa Miami Stands Above the Rest
In the past three months, I have dined at a handful of tasty Asian restaurants in Miami. It seems as though there's a new movement given the increased popularity of ramen, pho and Korean BQQ in New York, San Fran and other international cities. These foods aren't new Asian traditions, but with more international chefs breaking the mold, modern Asian eateries are popping up worldwide. Cut to NaiYaRa - the best Asian restaurant in Miami, in my opinion.

After sampling sushi platter after another on South Beach and Wynwood, I was blown away by the bustling eatery, located in Miami Beach, but away from Collins Avenue and the shenanigans that go with the area.

NaiYaRa is helmed by Thai Chef Bee, as he's known, whose previous credits include NOBU before opening Oishi Thai in Miami which has stood for 11 years.

I met Chef Bee on a very busy Friday night during winter in Miami - a particularly chilly day considering we were on South Beach. The restaurant was buzzing with multiple birthday and bachelorette parties, although I wouldn't say you need a special occasion to dine here.

NaiYaRa has two game changer dishes that really stand out in my mind. The first, a starter, the Krispy Bok Choy - a must-do. Bee’s mother would prepare this simple dish for him as a snack when he was a small child. It’s flash deep fried with sweet sesame oil and garlic chips on top. I ate it like candy. To this day I dream of it and have tried to duplicate it in my own kitchen.

Secondly, I would recommend the o'toro tartare, which isn't cheap. At $65 you'll get an unforgettable dish that might make a perfect addition to your Instagram. Otoro a delicacy, is the base of the dish, served with wasabi, truffle paste, sesame-seed oil and a honey-kimchee sauce. The dish is served with homemade soy sauce and beautifully topped with ikura, caviar, gold flakes, tasty black truffles, marinated fresh wasabi and rice crackers. To finish it off, the edible art includes lovely purple flowers on top.

Finish these dishes off with a little sake and you'll understand why I confidently feel the need to never dine at another Asian restaurant in Miami again. Chef Bee, you'll be seeing me again very soon - and I'll bring my friends.
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1854 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
+1 786-275-6005
Sun 5pm - 10pm
Mon - Thur 5pm - 11pm
Fri, Sat 5pm - 11:30pm