Chef Michael Lewis and General Manager Steven Haigh bring a fresh concept to Miami with the opening of KYU. The wood-fired Asian inspired restaurant features a diverse menu and focuses on professional yet relaxed service and a commitment to green practices. Located in the heart of Wynwood on 25th St., KYU opened in February 2016.
Wabi-sabi, the art of finding perfection in something imperfect. This beautiful Japanese mind-set, echoes the philosophy that Chef Michael Lewis and General Manager Steven Haigh emulate throughout the heart and soul of KYU.
A diverse menu, offering a wonderful array of flavors inspired by the many adventures and global travels of Chef Lewis and the Japanese barbecue grilling practice, Yakinku. KYU offers a balanced collection, from the refreshing and uplifting chilled crudo to the smokiness and flawlessly charred tastes from the wood fired grill.
With its many quirks and imperfections, Wynwood’s rawness, creative energy and eclectic vibe is why the duo chose the neighborhood as home. A firm believer in green and sustainable methods, the KYU team vows to plant trees, for using their wood fired grill, will reduce waste by using an Orca waste composter and will source much of their food locally.
Behind the main stage, in the heated open kitchen, the chefs and servers hold a strong family bond and are truly passionate about producing their best work for each other and their diners. This family-like feel extends to local artists 2Alas, creative duo, Andrew Antonaccio and Filio Galvez who transported their fascinating imagination onto the walls of KYU. Embracing the cracks and imperfections of the building, the tag team have used their street art and mural talents to highlight the astonishing beauty in something not quite so perfect.
The creative and artistic energy of the neighborhood encompasses you as soon as you step foot into this wood-fired, Asian inspired grill.