Brazilian-Based SOHO Bay Expands With First U.S. Location in Miami, Opening Tomorrow

South Florida locals came together last Thursday for the grand opening of SOHO Bay in Miami Beach. The restaurant’s official opening will be tomorrow, April 7th.

Walnut tofu with roasted walnut, shitake, wakame and bonito flakes. | credit: Instagram, SOHO Bay

Walnut tofu with roasted walnut, shitake, wakame and bonito flakes. | credit: Instagram, SOHO Bay

The 12,000-square-foot modern Japanese cuisine restaurant, which includes floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor terrace, waterfront views and seats about 200, may be new to Miami, but the brand has been around for more than 15 years, with eight locations in Brazil. Thanks to restaurateur Karine Queiroz, SOHO Bay’s new Miami residence, located at 520 West Avenue, is its first location in the U.S.

Executive Chef Ricardo Sauri — whose 20+ years of experience notably includes 10 years working in the kitchen at Nobu (Miami Beach, West Hollywood and The Bahamas locations) and most recently as Executive Chef at Khong River House — is spearheading the menu at SOHO Bay’s Miami Beach location.

Specializing in fresh sushi, sashimi and shareable plates, SOHO Bay’s food menu includes a hefty lineup of dishes, including beef cheeks curry with braised beef cheeks, Japanese curry, fried and runny egg, onion marmalade, baby carrots and baby potato confit; lion fish rio with lion fish, pressed pickle cucumber, fresno pepper and cucumber caipirinha air; and a forest soho roll, which includes warm mushrooms, garlic aioli, white asparagus and truffle caviar.

The restaurant’s bar program, with a cocktail menu still in development, will include molecular science; innovative, handcrafted cocktails; and high-grade sake, according to the Miami New Times. (Some cocktail highlights at the grand opening event included a molecular version of a cucumber mojito and various liquid nitrogen cocktails.)

Serving as General Manager is Maximilian Heindl, who was previously Director of Restaurants at Acqualina. SOHO Bay was designed by José Gomes and Marlon Gama.

For more information, check out the SOHO Bay website.