Downtown's Little Lotus is not easy to find. It's hidden within the International Jewelry Center, and the only indicator outside is a colorful blackboard sign posted along North Miami Avenue. You might drive by without a second glance, which would be a real mistake. Hidden in this most unlikely of locations is an izakaya (that's the term for the smallish, Japanese-style pubs littered throughout Tokyo) offering a surprisingly large menu of sushi and tapas-style plates that capture the essence of an authentic Asian kitchen.
Under the direction of two especially talented chefs, Chef Inyoman Atmaja deals mainly with the hot dishes, while chef Michael Asalie oversees the sushi bar. Asalie worked for Masaharu Morimoto in NYC, so his sushi skills were developed while working under one of the greats, and it shows. Urban Spoon refers to him as "a raw fish prodigy"!
Gorgeous and exotic Asian and Japanese dishes are waiting for you. Rolls with names like Snow in Heaven and Angel Heart are mouthwateringly luscious, the Thai Curries and Lotus Tapas are bursting with flavor, the inventive salads are refreshing, and the beautifully crafted Sushi and Sashimi selections are impeccably fresh.
The menu reaches far beyond the borders of Japan and China; and into Indonesia for the Gado Gado of steamed mixed vegetables with a bright peanut sauce, and even to the American Northeast for a tender grilled New York Steak. With its dazzling collection of rare culinary treasures, it's absolutely perfect that Little Lotus is hidden deep within the Miami jewelry district!
~excerpts taken from Miami New Times
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