Jeffrey Chen

  • News

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Longtime Brickell Residents Say Restaurateur Plays Dirty to Kick Them Out

    Mayra Baruh, a single mom from Nicaragua, has raised two daughters in the heart of Brickell, in a diminutive building in the shadow of ever-taller towers sprouting up around the financial district. Gretel Hebbert, her oldest daughter, now 27, remembers a childhood of low-rise residences occupied by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Sumi Yakitori Sold to New Owners, Now Serving Sushi

    Sumi Yakitori was unlike any other restaurant in Miami. Its hamachi was shipped daily from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. Its menu featured sautéed tofu skin, whole deep-fried quail, skewered chicken hearts, and wild mushroom kamameshi. There was yakitori -- meats skewered on bamboo sticks and cooke ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013

    Miami's Food Emperors

    In 2013, locals took hold of Miami dining.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    In 2013, Miami's Food Scene Finally Blossomed

    The time has come: Miami is finally a fine-food town. The signs are everywhere. The 305 is home to coffee roasters, supper clubs, a ramen house, and a northern Thai restaurant. Sourdough bread is a thing. The word "local" is sprinkled on menus like pepper on steak. The city's beverage scene, once r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Top Ten Places to Eat and Drink in Miami

    Hell yeah, it's Friday. That means it's time to eat, get hammered, and then eat again. But before you start all the revelry, let's go over the proper linguistics of Miami food and booze. Una hartura: A state of gluttony spawned by consuming excess edibles. Symptoms include paunch, immobility, and ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Sumi Yakitori: The Best New Japanese Restaurant in Town

    You might not want to tell friends about Sumi Yakitori, an unlikely Japanese restaurant in Brickell. It's a peculiar place, furnished with an open kitchen and festooned with bottles of booze. Sometimes, a young crowd wanders through the glass doors, stares at the quiet chefs in black T-shirts, and l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Meet Sumi, Momi Ramen's Soon-to-Be Newborn Sibling

    After three months of speculation and hearing a few uncertain words from a Japanese waitress at Momi, we've finally uncovered just what the owners of Momi Ramen in Brickell have cooking. Next to the authentic brick building that resembles a home and arguably serves the best ramen in town is a simil ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Ramen Mania Sweeps Miami Restaurants

    At his Brickell noodle house, Momi Ramen, which opened in December, Jeffrey Chen ties a black bandanna printed with white skulls tightly across his scrunched forehead. He works silently behind a glass panel. Around him, Miami's food cognoscenti, huddled about wooden tables, hover above bowls of soup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Momi In Brickell: Good Noodles Out of the Gate

    After more than a year of construction, Momi, the mysterious Brickell ramen shop, opened its doors about two weeks ago. You may have heard or read ramen enthusiasts wax about the endless lines stretching out of legendary Tokyo or Osaka shops. We found no such queue on a weekday afternoon, although t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Ramen Watch: Momi Ramen Plans Simple Offerings in Brickell

    There's no shortage of effort or money being put into Momi Ramen, housed in a tiny red brick building on a Brickell side street in the shadow of nearby condo towers. The small eatery, sparse inside with columns of bamboo, steel moldings and decorations, and exposed brick walls, is planned to open e ... More >>