Restauranteur Arjun Waney certainly has some serious food credentials, credited as a force behind such spots as Zuma, Coya, La Petite Maison and The Arts Club. His latest restaurant DÔA, which opened over the weekend, is decidedly more casual and less expensive than the other restaurants in Waney’s portfolio but you can still see the signature details throughout.
The menu features flavors "unique to the Asian influenced cuisine born in Latin America,” Waney says. Think dishes showing off Nikkei, Chifa and Peruvian styles like ceviches, makis, skewers, steamed buns, dim sum, hot pots and dishes prepared on the charcoal robata. Running the kitchen is Carlos Estarita, who (no surprise here) did stints at both Zuma and Coya Miami. DÔA has also tapped Peruvian chef and partner of COSME, James Berckemeyer, to help with the menu.
Since the restaurant is open until 5 a.m. daily, it naturally features an expansive cocktail program overseen by James Shearer, the Global Group Beverage Director for Zuma, Roka and Oblix. Think classics like the Pisco Sour, Chilcano as well as other unique cocktails such as a Apple & Shiso Mojito and the Cuzco 75.
The 5,200 square foot indoor space houses 160 seats, a central bar, DJ booth, open kitchen, lounge area, maki counter and an expansive outdoor terrace on Collins Avenue. It is now open at 2000 Collins Avenue from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 5 a.m. Saturday and Sundays.
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