Why the Chef’s Tasting Menu at New Wood-Fired Asian Grill Kyu Is Not to Be Missed
By Carla Torres for Ocean Drive
Zuma veterans Michael Lewis and Steven Haigh open wood-fired Asian grill Kyu in Wynwood.
“We felt Wynwood needed something different,” says chef-partner Michael Lewis, who prior to opening Kyu with managing partner (and former Zuma colleague and general manager) Steven Haigh helmed the kitchen at Japanese izakaya Zuma and worked under the tutelage of Jean-Georges Vongerichten. If by “different” he means dishing out wildly fun and flavorful fare—things like roasted cauliflower and goat cheese slathered in shishito-herb vinaigrette; cloud-like pork buns; creamy yet dense burrata with yuzu marmalade; Thai stone-pot rice with chunks of king crab; smoked succulent duck breast; flawlessly tender Wagyu brisket; and sake-braised white beans with cilantro—in a chic setting, then Kyu is different indeed. Go with a group and eat your way through the whole menu or give up control and let Lewis take your taste buds on a six-course chef’s journey plus dessert (the coconut cake is everything). 251 NW 25th St., Miami, 786-577-0150