When we first visited NaiYaRa, Chef Piyarat Potha Arreeratn aka Chef Bee had just opened this ode to Asian street fare in Sunset Harbour. A year has passed since then, and Chef Bee has introduced many new dinner items to the menu (and he has plenty more in the works).
Although the menu has changed, the experience hasn’t. These latest additions continue to deliver the value, flavor and satiety that diners have come to expect from the fare at this Miami Beach hotspot.
Starting your meal with the new Dumpling Soup is a good idea; the deliciously rich, spicy broth and generous amounts of dumpling ensure you get your money’s worth. You can’t really go wrong with chicken wonton, bean sprouts, snow peas, white pepper, crisp garlic and cilantro. There’s a lot going on with this dish, but it’s never too much to handle.
As much as you’ll want to order a second helping of the soup, you shouldn’t — mainly because that means less stomach space for another tasty newbie. The E11even on Lenox is a monster; we were amazed at how much fish could fit into the roll. Tuna, yellowtail and salmon are all wrapped up nicely here with cucumber, spicy mayo and tempura flakes for good measure. This is one of those dishes that hooks you at first bite. Again, it sounds like a hot mess, but it works — and it works amazingly.
For a cleaner sushi flavor, the Boot Camp Burn does the job with signature hints of citrus and lemon that balance out the marinated steak and spicy Thai sriracha; it’s a floral dish that also includes tuna, yellowtail and salmon. As you can see, both rolls are pretty hefty.
The sleeper hit of the night, though: Vegan Stirfry. It’s hard for us to get excited about vegan anything, but WOAH. The scent alone is enough to get you drooling. Wheat noodles, cabbage, bok choi, cauliflower, mushrooms, garlic chives and bahmi sau sauce make up the dish, and each element is crucial to that ultimately satisfying bite.
The Salmon Demon Slayer not only has a cool name, but it certainly lives up to it because it slaysssssssssssssss. Seriously, what’s not to like about super fresh salmon, sweet miso, shallots and sake? It’s not a new dish, but it’s a winner.
We also got a sneak peek of coming attractions like Pork Belly Sticky Buns and a Crab and Steak dish that are bound to pop up soon and send your taste buds into ecstasy. What we love about NaiYaRa — besides the great food obviously — is that you will leave full. All of the portions we had were generous, and we ended up taking a lot of food home to enjoy over the next few days.
With that said, desserts are available and they’re pretty darn good. Our favorite: the Brown Sugar Cake with caramel bananas, coconut mousse, lime cream and guava granita. Don’t think about it — just do it.
This past year, we’ve spent a lot of time around Sunset Harbour, and NaiYaRa is always crowded. We’re not surprised: If you have great food, great drinks and a great vibe, the people will come. And that’s exactly what’s happening here at this South Beach gem.