Moon Shines

UM grad Jack Punma creates a stir in Coral Gables

Diners seeking sushi or sashimi won't be disappointed by freshness of product or visual appeal, nor will they confuse it with the high-end stuff. Stir Moon likely won't rank with your favorite wine bar, either -- just two whites and three reds are offered. There is a solid selection of Asian beers, though.

The menu explains that "in Asian cuisine, all the dishes are served together -- soup, salad, and main course." This is a preemptive warning that your entrées will likely arrive while you are still working on appetizers. The waitstaff, however, is extremely nice, and the room was worked in consistently proficient fashion. The manager, I'm not so crazy about. On the night I dined alone, I sat at the sushi bar. I was engrossed in baseball highlights showing on a flat-screen TV directly facing me -- until he came over and switched to soccer, which, judging by his gleeful expression upon landing the game, is what he wanted to watch.

It's just as well, because I don't like to be distracted by television when I dine -- although dessert time at Asian restaurants might be considered an exception to the rule. Not here. Even cheesecake tempura, the bane of such establishments, won me over with a fried, paper-thin overcoat that contributed a clean, wispy contrast to the creamy interior. Serving fruit salad on the side was a nice touch too. Mango dominated a different dessert; chunks of the ripe fruit were paired with mango ice cream and a square patty of sweet sticky rice infused with condensed coconut sauce.

JOE ROCCO

Location Info

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Stir Moon

1100 S. Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Stir Moon

9060 SW 72nd Place
Kendall, FL 33156

Category: Restaurant > Noodle Shop

Region: East Kendall/Pinecrest

Details

Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., dinner 4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; lunch and dinner Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday 12:30 to 11:00 p.m.
1100 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables; 305-663-5881

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All said, it's easy to see why this restaurant is creating a stir.

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