SOHO Bay opens today at 520 West Avenue, welcoming patrons with its delicious Japanese fare and gorgeous design. The 200-seat restaurant hails from Brazil, and this location marks SOHO Bay’s first foray into the U.S. We were invited to check out the restaurant during a private opening party last week, and all we can say is this: Wow.
The first thing you’ll notice is the place’s beauty. The decor is chic, and the view of the Intracoastal Bay makes this an ideal date spot. Even if you sit inside, you’ll get to enjoy the outdoor sights — the floor-to-ceiling windows will make sure of that.
But while the surroundings are impressive, the food and drinks are even more so. Throughout the night, we enjoyed a number of bites and cocktails that made us immediately want to make a reservation. The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Ricardo Sauri, who brings more than two decades of culinary experience with him. Chef Sauri is no stranger to South Florida: He previously worked at Nobu, Khong River House and the now-defunct Bloom in Midtown Miami.
At SOHO Bay, Chef Sauri serves up his unique take on Japanese cuisine to patrons. Emphasizing sushi and sashimi, the shared plate approach highlights a variety of flavors — and colors — that make for some notable dishes. Feeling hungry but not hungry hungry? Diners can select from a range of small hot plates including smoked pork belly gyoza and foie buns. Main plates include items like roasted miso chicken, beef cheeks curry and bacon mushroom bass.
Drinks are just as innovative with a focus on not just taste but also presentation. Molecular science and other twists play a prominent role in the bar program, which showcases sake and seasonal concoctions. Be sure to check out the lemongrass-ginger mojito, which combines gin, mint leaves, and over 20 herbs and spices in a puree; the bartender puts on quite the liquid nitrogen show for this cocktail.
Overall, we enjoyed the drinks and bites we tried throughout the event. If this preview was any indication, patrons will be in for a treat. We’re excited about trying out the full menu soon and will report back with our thoughts once we’re nice and full. In the meantime, you can find more information about SOHO Bay on sohobayrestaurant.com