Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill in Midtown Miami is a busy place on a Friday night. As Lee Klein says in his review of the place, "A tsunami of near unanimous praise has catapulted Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill to the top of Miami's dining scene at breakneck speed." Here's a behind-the-line view of the action thanks to Chef de Cuisine Timon Balloo, Sous Chef Angel Leon, Sushi Samba Corporate Sushi Chef Koji Kagawa and all the kitchen, and front of the house staff for letting us invade their space and for hooking it up with a killer steamed pork bun and a piece of squid hot off the grill.
Bacon wrapped dates with linguica and manchego.
Fish presentation for mung fish special.
Chef's mung fish special. Note the small green mung beans
Line cooks at work and fungi.
Working the robata grill.
Traditional Japanese binchotan
white charcoal. It is favored by yakitori cooks "because it does not release smoke or other unpleasant flavors."
Sous Chef Angel Leon works the robata grill.
Seasoning freshly grilled corn.
Flame grilled corn special.
Grilled calamari special.
Dining room view from behind the robata grill.
In the dining room. Tables to the left, booths to the right.
Sushi Samba Corporate Sushi Chef Koji Kagawa at work.
Dressing the Crunchy Tuna specialty roll (avocado, sweet chili) with spicy tempura flakes.
Jumbo Madagascar shrimp cocktail.
Jamón Serrano with arugula and figs.
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Chef Kagawa expediting orders.
Dining room view from sushi kitchen/raw bar.
Back in the main kitchen.
Steamed pork bun with apple kimchi and cilantro.
Ticket window bird's eye.
Goat cheese croquettes served with membrillo marmalade.
Wedge salad with blue cheese, tomato, and bacon.
Fried lobster claw for sushi kitchen.
Charcuterie plate with artisanal meats, olives, mustard, toast.
Crispy sweetbreads with capers, oranges, arugula.
Vanilla panna cotta backed by torrejas backed by chocolate peanut butter caramel bar.
Rhubarb cobbler served with brown sugar streusel and goat cheese ice cream.
The fountain when you walk in.