Sleek Asian spot decorated with an onyx bar & coral walls serving omakase, sushi & robata dishes.
Wow! This place blew me away from the moment I walked in the door. Red Ginger is decked out with a cool decor, a fancy looking bar, and great, great food. Located between Radio Bar (a personal favorite of mine) and Estiatorio Milos, it puts itself in a great location south of fifth. Red Ginger Miami Beach is the real deal when it comes to high end Japanese food and craft cocktails. If you only read this first paragraph, I hope it’s because you stopped reading to go make a reservation at Red Ginger.
The stuff foodie dreams are made of. The presentation on each dish is amazing and then the food itself is even better. This is not your typical sushi restaurant of California rolls and handrolls, these dishes are for those that want a non-traditional but fantastic Japanese style menu. For tonight’s dinner we ordered the Bacon & Eggs, El Mar Ceviche, Rock Shrimp Tempura and Negi Toro. They were all fantastic. The Negi Toro came out first and our waiter begged us not to douse it in soy sauce. You can’t waste great fish like this with soy sauce and his advice was well thought out. Unbelievably fresh and delicious fatty tuna was packed into each piece and I am glad we didn’t mask the flavor with soy sauce. The Rock Shrimp Tempura is a dish I recommend for any group eating here. Not only are they great, but it’s a pretty big portion for the price. Alot of these dishes are delicious but the portions aren’t as big. Each piece of shrimp is lightly breaded and comes with Momiki, black truffle, and pea shoots. The El Mar Ceviche was a mixture of tuna, salmon, octopus, ono with aji limo. The fish was so fresh and tender it was kind of hard to eat with chopsticks (that’s a good thing). Our efforts were well worth it as each piece was amazing. Finally we come to the Bacon & Eggs. Seems odd to have at a Japanese restaurant but this was the best dish of the night. Pork belly, kabocha puree, sous vide egg, and yuzu hollandaise. Unfortunately words can’t really do this dish justice, it was one of the best things I have eaten in awhile. The pork belly was crispy on the outside, sweet, and then tender on the inside. The kabocha puree and egg rounded out the flavor, making it a hard dish to share.
The bar was packed and the drink options were plentiful. The speciality cocktail list is crafted by Marko, who I have met at Radio before. In addition to craft cocktails they have some high end Japanese whisky and a great sake selection. This is the kind of place you can just go for drinks and have a great time.
The bartenders were fantastic, the hostess were great, and our waiter was helpful and quick. Basically, the service was great from start to finish. Since this was our first time at Red Ginger Miami Beach, we had quite a few questions. Our waiter explained the menu, gave some suggestions and even helped us choose between different dishes with his recommendations. Since we loved the food I think he gave us the right advice. The food came out in a timely manner, with each dish being replaced with the next as we finished the prior one. When our drinks ran low, they were quickly refilled. Can’t ask for better service.
Would I go back?
The best question is when can I go back? Everything was good at Red Ginger. So far it’s the highest rated place I have been to since I started Taste of SoFla. This place is a great addition to Miami Beach and I highly recommend everyone try it out as soon as possible.