Phuc Yea

7100 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138
305-602-3710
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  • Dinner Tuesday and Wednesday 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday 6 to midnight, Friday and Saturday 6 to 11 p.m., Sunday 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local ingredients, Wheelchair accessible, Full service bar, Family Style, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner, Brunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Free Parking, Garage Parking, Metered Parking, Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Recommended
Whether Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata's Phuc Yea was Miami's first pop-up is of little importance. What matters is that nearly five years after shuttering downtown's short-lived Vietnamese spot, the two have returned in grand fashion on the Upper Eastside with a 110-seater filled with the sounds of '90s hip-hop and the scene of Vietnam's ubiquitous fish sauce. Find it in the green papaya salad, where chilies, garlic, dried shrimp, and Vietnamese coriander are pulverized into a potent paste that's tossed with toothsome papaya threads, carrots, and sweet cherry tomatoes and then crowned with banana blossom ribbons, shallots, and herbs. Fish sauce also pools at the bottom of blue-and-white spotted bowls filled with fat cubes of dredged and fried tofu encasing silken interiors. There's a drizzle of Coca-Cola hoisin that isn’t nearly as sweet as it sounds. It's all showered with a house salt-and-pepper mix flecked with lemongrass, Thai chilies, and lime zest. It's even in the eggplant curry, which at the moment is one of the city's premier vegetable dishes. The stars of it are the mottled green-and-white nightshades that are quartered and gently cooked in a pungent house-made curry sauce. This dish includes a paste of ginger, galangal, turmeric, and fish sauce. Just before it's served, it's thinned with coconut milk and fortified with lemongrass, chilies, and even more fish sauce. Here, the fish sauce acts more as a seasoning, lending salt and a lip-smacking savoriness. The stuff is practically in competition with cheese for becoming your favorite fermented product.

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