From the neon signal that everybody who passes via Miami Seaside’s South of Fifth factors out to a hidden culinary membership membership within the Miami Design District. That’s the leap that Main Meals Group made final yr by following up the South Seaside it-spot Carbone with the enigmatic ZZ’s Membership. The discreet venue—packed in season, hushed through the summer time—marks the twenty sixth MFG property on this planet, and the second in Miami after Carbone.
And like Carbone, ZZ’s Membership has its roots in New York’s Greenwich Village; the high-concept temple of reinvented Japanese gastronomy takes its title from ZZ’s Clam Bar, one other MFG restaurant and the smallest restaurant in the US to have earned a Michelin star. (ZZ is the nickname of MFG’s co-owner Jeff Zalaznick; his companions are Mario Carbone and Wealthy Torrisi.) However all the things else right here is new and daring, from inside designer Ken Falk’s curvy reduction work on the partitions, which appears like underwater racetracks, to chef Yasu Tanaka’s richly sourced vary of cooked and uncooked dishes.
That is very true of fish egg connoisseurs. A few of the most insanely flavorful and superbly introduced choices are the caviar and avocado appetizer (with chopped bluefin tuna) and a candy and savory “toast”: trout roe unfold on a brioche doused with truffle honey.
You wish to make a meal of dumplings? You are able to do that, too: the Szechuan shrimp wontons, pork gyoza and steamed lobster dumplings are equally toothsome and satisfying. And you’ll go mild, with the restaurant’s signature miso Caesar salad—it sounds uninspiring, but it surely’s shockingly addictive.
A heartier meal may be constructed round ZZ’s Membership’s Wagyu beef, sourced solely from Josh’s Premium Meats in Miami. Even when you’re limiting pink meat (who isn’t?), that is the time to interrupt the rule: That’s how melt-in-your-mouth tender Josh’s Wagyu is. The Mishima Reserve skirt steak’s juiciness, with a crispy end, comes courtesy of the restaurant’s Josper ovens, that are half standard oven and half charcoal grill. The garlic fried rice is the proper accompaniment.
To indulge within the roe dishes, the dumplings and a few Wagyu shared with a companion is to yearn for a return go to to pattern one of many extra conventional fish dishes—the steamed Asian bass or the continental Dover sole meunière—and select from the modest, well-curated menu of rolls (yellowtail scallion, spicy tuna, scallop truffle and surf & turf, amongst them).
The elevated expertise and the anticipation for subsequent time are sufficient to make you elevate a toast with a lychee martini (scrumptious) and switch you right into a member.