Phuc Yea, Miami's original pop-up that drew crowds five years ago, is finally coming full circle when its permanent rendition opens this Thursday, September 1, at 7100 Biscayne Blvd., in the ever-growing MiMo District.
The announcement comes on the heels of co-owners Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata's closing of their other restaurant, the Fed. The Fed began as the Federal Food Drink & Provisions and was featured on Bravo's Best New Restaurant.
Phuc Yea will offer Viet-Cajun cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. Viet-Cajun is a mashup of Vietnamese and Cajun flavors popular in Houston and New Orleans, where the cities' large Vietnamese populations melded with traditional Southern and Cajun flavors.
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Though the menu isn't set, expect favorites from the 2011 pop-up, such as Mamma T's imperial rolls ($9), grilled pork riblets ($10), caramel lobster (MP), and caja china cola duck ($24). In addition, a wok station will allow for bespoke dishes that combine a choice of seafood with a preferred sauce.
A cold station will offer dishes such as green papaya and mango salad with dried shrimp ($10) and smoked beef tartare with quail egg and Asian pear ($14).
The restaurant also includes a lobby lounge with a 15-foot raw bar where patrons can sip the signature cocktail, the Saigon Street Tea — a classic milk punch made with Ron Zacapa, yogurt liqueur, and JoJo's chai tea with boba pearls. Other cocktails are the lychee sour and the La Belle Fille, a take on the cosmo with hibiscus and rosewater. A full dining room and a "garden lantern" lounge provide additional options.
Opens Thursday, September 1, at 7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Happy hour is Thursday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Thursday late-night happy hour is in the works.