Wabi-sabi is the art of finding perfection in something imperfect. This beautiful Japanese mind-set, was without a doubt, the highlight of my Miami trip last month echoing a philosophy that Chef Michael Lewis and General Manager Steven Haigh (former Zuma alums) emulate throughout the heart and soul of the newly opened restaurant KYU . Located in the heart of Wynwood on 25th St., KYU opened in February 2016.
The fresh concept focuses on a professional yet relaxed service and a commitment to green practices. But what is so extraordinary in my opinion is their wood-fired Asian inspired cuisine whose such diverse menu offers the most wonderful array of flavors inspired by the many adventures and global travels of Chef Lewis and the Japanese barbecue grilling practice, Yakinku.
I enjoyed to watch the action on the long aluminum heated open kitchen, the chefs passionately produce their best work for their diners and was able to create several catching Instagram stories.
From the uplifting chilled crudo, to the smokiness and flawlessly charred tastes from the wood fired grill. What most caught my attention some gigantic roasted cauliflower on goat cheese and shishito herb- vinaigrette.
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. Goes without saying that every dish enjoys the aroma of a bouquet of organic roasted herbs planted on pots neat the kitchen counter.
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.