Our Critics' Picks

MORE

Details

  • Lunch Monday through Sunday noon to 3 p.m.; dinner daily 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.; happy hour Monday through Friday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Catering, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wifi Access
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
The owners of World Resource Café have re-opened in Buena Vista with an upscale Asian diner emphasizing regional ingredients. The design elements are subtle: polished concrete flooring, white marble tabletops, and a faux-copper ceiling. However, Shokudo's draw isn't the décor. Its allure is diverse, affordable Asian cuisine, which has been missing from midtown and the Design District. Why is it so good? The fish possesses not a trace of darkened oxidation or filmy iridescence. It's not overdressed, masquerading as sushi-quality fish. The high caliber is immediately recognizable. A "dumpling" section offers traditional pork, shrimp, and pot stickers, reinterpreted slightly to reflect a global mentality. Braised beef buns and pulled pork buns will lure you with familiarity, but go for the soft-shell crab buns, topped with a chiffonade of napa cabbage and drizzled with a creamy paste of homemade sriracha rémoulade. Skewers of pork belly seduce on sight, while classic beef negimaki and chicken yakitori are also available in skewer format, all with an impressive scorch along the edges. Chef Armando Litiatco's kalbi are the result of a secret recipe earned only after a year of "kissing up" to the mother of a Korean classmate, and other main courses range from pork braised in a banana leaf to a Thai red curry with bell peppers, basil, bamboo shoots, and a choice of chicken, beef, shrimp, or crab. From a Singapore-style chow fun, to classic ramen, to "japchae," a vegetarian dish that starts with sweet-potato cellophane noodles, all the noodle offerings exhibit the kitchen's resourcefulness with flour and water. The wine and sake list is varied and covers a good range of price points, and when the weather is hospitable, snag a table in the pretty garden area out back.

Related Stories (11)

  • The Five Best Filipino-Inspired Dishes in Miami
    Monday, June 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. by Maureen Aimee Mariano

    Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern made a proclamation in 2012 that Filipino food would be “the next big thing.” Fast forward to four years later, and we’re still waiting for that “thing” to happen. Compared to the popularity of rest...

  • The Five Best Lunch Spots in Midtown Miami
    Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7 a.m. by Julie Harans

    Midtown was made for sunny strolls through Wynwood, window-shopping on North Miami Ave. and other leisurely adventures that call for a great lunch. Yet the midday meal is too often put on the back burner, shrugged off as dinner’s le...

  • Shokudo in Buena Vista: Skip the Kalbi
    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:10 a.m. by Dana De Greff

    In honor of the Korean New Year on January 31, we decided to stop by Shokudo in Buena Vista. Located in an old bodega on Northeast Second Avenue, it's usually a crowd-pleaser and offers up a mixture of delectable street food that ca...

  • Shokudo's Wok Club Lunch Showcases Pork Belly and Ceviche
    Monday, August 5, 2013 at 9 a.m. by Hannah Sentenac

    If you're into Asian eats and friendly fellow foodies, the Hoh Wok Club is a social occasion you might be into. Hosted by local cooking instructor and food personality Eleanor Hoh, this sit-down lunch will showcase Shokudo, Buena Vi...

Load More Articles

Menu

View All

More Asian Fusion Restaurants in Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

  • Noa Cafe
    Best Of

    Noa Café in Edgewater is easily missed. The only indicators it's a restaurant are an unassuming s...

    Mediterranean
  • At Kyu in Wynwood, a sizable portion of the restaurant's menu is prepared on its wood-fired grill...

    Asian
View All

More Asian Fusion Restaurants in Miami

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >