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11. Spicy Beef Tenderloin at Zuma

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11. Spicy Beef Tenderloin at Zuma
Lesley Elliott


11. Spicy Beef Tenderloin at Zuma

When our server suggested that we order the spicy beef tenderloin ($36) at Zuma, we tried to explain that we were adventurous, open to anything. But she persisted, "it's really, really good. The meat is..." she zoned out a little while her eyes rolled, which was enough for us, "amazing." She was right. This is one of their "signature dishes," and although it doesn't sound too exciting in print, it's a stunner.


They take a filet and butterfly it, a feat we presumed would destroy the fine grain of the meat, not to mention permanently alter the steak's ability to be anything below medium. Yet it arrived bright pink throughout, with a firm red center. The soft texture of the tenderloin doesn't just melt in your mouth, it is so tender, that you question the validity of beef tasting this sublime. Sesame seeds are scattered across for a little nutty bite, and there's a smoky exterior char (no need for bernaise, demi-glaze or truffle anything). Overall, this steak compares favorably against any traditional steakhouse offering. It's just the Japanese version of meat marketing; subtle and effective.

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Zuma Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

305-577-0277

www.zumarestaurant.com


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