The highly anticipated DÔA (pronounced <dow-ah>), is slated to open its doors this November at 2000 Collins Avenue in the heart of Miami Beach. It is the latest venture from globally renowned restaurateur Arjun Waney (of Zuma, Coya, La Petite Maison and The Arts Club).
Here are some quick fun facts regarding the highly anticipated opening of DÔA:
- An Asian Cantina concept, DÔA is a true neighborhood eatery serving high quality Chef driven LatAsian cuisine. Meaning “The Door” in Japanese, Waney explains that DÔA will be the entrance to incredible food, drinks, fantastic service and an electric ambiance.
- Not only will DÔA be Waney’s first foray onto Miami Beach, it will also be a more casual and affordable destination, remaining open until 5:00 AM, seven days a week, for unique offerings in dinner, weekend brunch and late-night dining.
- The 5,200 square foot indoor space will feature 160 seats, a central island bar, DJ booth, lounge area, maki counter and an expansive outdoor terrace on Collins Avenue.
- So what is LatAsian cuisine? “We invented the word,” says Waney. “We are not Japanese; we are not Chinese – we are strictly Nikkei and Chifa. The flavors are unique to the Asian influenced cuisine born in Latin America.
- The menu will consist of shared raw, steamed and robata grilled signature dishes showcasing Nikkei, Chifa and Peruvian flair. Expect Ceviches, Makis, Skewers, Steamed Buns, Dim Sum, Hot Pots and several signatures from the charcoal robata. Must tries include the selection of Steamed Asian Buns, the DÔA rice hot pot and, of course, the Arjun Scallop Tartar named after the visionary himself. According to Waney it is a menu of signatures and best sellers.
- Behind the kitchen is Chef Carlos Estarita, who is young, talented and extremely creative. He worked for Waney at both Zuma and Coya Miami. In preparation for opening, Carlos has been training alongside Chef James Berckemeyer, a creative genius and celebrity Chef from Lima, Peru.
- In keeping with its mission to honor the LatAsian heritage, DÔA’s bespoke beverage program will include classics such as the Pisco Sour, Chilcano as well as other unique signature cocktails such as The Nikkei Spritz, Cuzco 75, DÔA Lychee Martini and the Apple & Shiso Mojito. In addition to pursuing DÔA’s seasonally changing cocktail menu, guests can choose from an array of traditional Asian spirits, which include a selection of Sake and Japanese Whiskey, as well as Latin spirits Pisco, Tequila, Mezcal and Rum.
- James Shearer, Global Group Beverage Director for Zuma, Roka and Oblix, assisted the team in creating DÔA’s eclectic bar menu.
- The intimate space will showcase an array of artistic talent and host a range of events and live entertainment, including DJ performances to set the mood several nights a week.
- The restaurant welcomes guests to experience the chefs preparing the food and take in its distinct sensory aspects from the food to the décor and the music.