Dashi is an exciting new progressive Japanese dining destination located inside of River Yacht Club, just outside of Brickell. Dashi is the perfect complement to RYC’s stunning waterfront setting and design with an innovative menu very much in harmony with RYC’s seafood-centric menu of crudos, tiraditos, and simply grilled seafood, proteins and fresh vegetables.
Chef Shuji Hiyakawa, a protégé of Iron Chef Masahuru Morimoto and a descendant of three generations of Udon makers, is the man behind the magical menu at Dashi. Prior to joining RYC culinary team, he served as executive sushi chef at Kuro, the acclaimed Japanese restaurant at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
The menu’s la carte selections are divided into salads, hot, cold, soups and udons and sushi & sashimi, as well as sides. Salads are elegant and showcase fresh flavors in offerings such as hamachi shabu-shabu salad served with daikon radish, cucumber and shiso dressing and a simple tomato salad drizzled with yuzu, olive oil and soy salt. Cold dishes include ocean scallops served with Russian osetra caviar and yuzu; beef tataki with soy onion, myoga and fried shallots or hamachi ponzu – thinly sliced and served with cucumber, cilantro and shio-kobu. Hot dishes ranges from (our favorite) sea bass miso with scallion, fennel and hoba to beef kakuni, served with carrot, onion, and potato and whitefish Koro-age, among others.
Soups and Udons are the inspiration for the restaurant’s name (“dashi” is the Japanese word for broth), are part of Hiyakawa’s culinary DNA, with recipes rooted in his childhood; Hiyakawa first learned his craft as a young child in his father’s noodle shop in Fukuoka, Japan. The menu includes spicy seafood Udon chock full of clams and shrimp or a hearty beef Udon with braised short rib. We couldn’t get enough of the braised short rib and the fresh Udon noodles!
Sushi and sashimi are sourced from across the world, with much of the fresh fish flown in from Japan including selections such as sea bream and horse mackerel crab.
A full bar offers wine, Japanese beers, and showcase a coveted selection of Japanese whiskeys and sakes. The cocktail list features drinks created specifically for the restaurant including the Dashi: Toki whiskey, Youki, seaweed broth, maple syrup and a delicious house made coconut-infused Tyku Sake with ginger beer, lime juice and thyme.
Dashi servers dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 7pm to 11pm. Dashi is located at the River Yacht Club – 401 SW Third Avenue on the Miami River. Reservations are recommended; valet parking available. Telephone: (786) 870-5304; www.dashirestaurant.com.
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