Named as Zagat’s Top 50 Best Restaurants in Miami, this unique, sexy spot combines Miami glamour with classic Japanese dishes.
Located inside the SLS Hotel South Beach, Chef Katsuya Uechi’s infuses traditional Japanese sushi and robata dishes with icon Philippe Stark’s sultry interior design, to create a unique dining experience. Family style dishes are presented beautifully that explode with flavor, each one so incredibly different to the next. Dim ambient lighting make everything and everyone sexier, it is a scene of pretty people and beautiful food.
The upstairs mezzanine, the Dragon Lounge features their award-wining mixology signature cocktails, such as The Dragon with yuzu and ginger (so good I had to try it more than once). The cocktails are so flavorful and unique to complement the savory Japanese dishes.
Brussels sprouts are one item you don’t expect to see on a Japanese menu, but their Crispy Brussels Sprouts with balsamic soy and toasted almonds is to die for and I almost ate the entire bowl. The Katsuya Ceviche, a blend of sashimi and truffle ponzu citrus is so refreshing and light, it’s like eating citrus air if that’s such a thing. Their Miso-Marinated Black Cod says it’s a must try on the menu and it truly is a must try! It’s so light and buttery, and the miso flavor doesn’t overwhelm the fish. More and more dishes kept coming out which I couldn’t keep up with but tried. It’s difficult to feel full with so many light dishes but I achieved it, yet still had room for dessert, of course.
The server recommended the Drunken Marshmallow Chocolate Cake and there was no hesitation to say yes. Chocolate mousse cake, caramel, orange marmalade, whipped ganache with marshmallows, then Bacardi 151 poured over the top to flame roast the mellows…our own chocolate marshmallow campfire at the table, it was incredibly indulgent.
The service was fantastic, he didn’t skip a beat and his dish recommendations were right on point. As the night grew later, the music grew louder which was extremely difficult to hold a conversation with anyone at the table. I understand the Miami club vibe but when you’re having to yell at your friends while finishing your meal, it’s a little tiresome.
Overall Katsuya is a great experience with must try food. I will definitely return back, just maybe earlier in the night so I have plenty of time to finish my dinner before Club Katsuya starts pumping.
Photos by PetiteGreek on iPhone 6