A Closer Look at La Mar’s Miami Spice Menu

At La Mar inside Mandarin Oriental, Miami, you’ll find one of our favorite chefs: Diego Oka. We’ve been to La Mar several times (Exhibit A and Exhibit B), and Chef Oka’s dishes have always left us dazzled. Unsurprisingly, this year’s Miami Spice menu elicited the same response: $39 for this quality of food is a steal.

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SAAM at SLS Brickell: Good Times Await

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Great drinks will only get you so far in Brickell. With so many bars and lounges in the financial district, visitors have seemingly limitless options for a good time. But SAAM at SLS Brickell isn’t just another lounge — it’s much more than that. By pairing memorable cocktails AND bites in a space that just exudes “cool,” the indoor/outdoor venue will quickly become one of your favorite Brickell haunts.

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Dashi: A Tasty Riverfront Escape

Within River Yacht Club — a Miami riverfront restaurant, bar and yacht club — you’ll come across one of the best Japanese dining experiences in the 305: Dashi. Ex-Kuro Executive Sushi Chef Shuji Hiyakawa is leading this “restaurant within a restaurant” concept, which serves up progressive Asian fare paired with an incredible view. Sit down and strap in for a delicious meal that you’ll be thinking about long after you’re done eating.

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Wag Wednesday: Diego Oka & Awki

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Since starting the blog, we’ve interviewed many members of the hospitality industry, and one constant among the interviewees has been a profound love for their pets. We thought it would be great to share this love with our readers.

That’s why we launched an ongoing feature called “Wag Wednesday” to showcase industry peeps and their pets. Know someone who wants to be featured? Email us at bark@miamifoodpug.com.

This week, we’re featuring Diego Oka, Executive Chef at La Mar by Gaston Acurio, and his golden doodle, Awki.

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YAKU by La Mar: What a View

The Brickell skyline is one of Miami’s nicest views, and YAKU by La Mar gives guests a front row seat to the spectacle. Located on the Northern Terrace of La Mar by Gaston Acurio, YAKU provides a more low-key experience than its upscale brother; it’s ideal for Peruvian cocktails and small bites instead of a full-on meal. If you love La Mar — we do — you’re certainly going to love YAKU.

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