DÔA Miami Beach, is the latest restaurant to open in Miami Beach from renowened restaurateur Arjun Waney. This is the guy behind Zuma and Coya (Two of my fave Miami restaurants). DÔA (pronounced dow-ah), serves a Latino/Asian (think Japanese meets peruvian) cuisine. It is a more casual and affordable version of his other restaurants and the food quality is up to par.
I had the chance to go do a media preview dinner of their menu. And try out South Florida native Chef Carlos Estarita’s food. He absolutely outdid himself and brought some of the flavors and ideas of his previous kitchen experience at Coya and Zuma, where he was a member of the opening team.
I tried the Nikkei Ceviche and it was absolutely delicious, it was a mix between a traditional ceviche and a delicious tuna tartare, and it makes it a must try. For the main course we had the Thai Fish with a touch of lemongrass and Rocoto pepper sauce. And from the Robata grill, a must try is the Asparagus, topped with thinly Bonito (less than a tissue paper). The Bonito cooks and moves and is like nothing you had ever seen before. They also offer Rice Hot Pots (this is where I say it has the Zuma influence). One with Pork Belly and a rocoto hoisin sauce and another with Seafood, Fish and Dashi.
The 5,200 square foot architectural interior space of DÔA was designed by Richard Saunders of the London-based Sagrada Studio. With 160 seats set next to a maki bar, that opens to the kitchen, brings in the experience, so you can see your food being prepped, from any point inside the restaurant. Also it has an outdoor terrace.
Located at 2000 Collins Avenue and offers dinner, weekend brunch and late-night dining, being open until 5 am.