Miami has grown accustomed to the idea that brunch means bottomless booze and putting an egg on things, but in Vietnamese cooking, egg isn't a big part of the cuisine. Instead, pho and tea is the typical Sunday ritual. At Hannya, the Japanese restaurant in Brickell from the duo behind Akashi and Rice House of Kabob, the Vietnamese tradition lives on.
Owner Larry Chi has carried over most of the Akashi menu for lunch and dinner but has incorporated something Akashi's never done before -- brunch. The Vietnamese-style affair was somewhat inspired by his wife, Barbara, who is Vietnamese.
Short Order was invited to check out the current offerings, which are still being developed.
As of now, there are 13 dishes on the brunch menu. Chi, who is tackling this meal period for the first time, is still very much playing with the format and figuring out just what the Brickell brunch crowd wants. "I need to go check out some of these brunch spots to see what the culture is all about," he says.
If you had a rough Saturday night, you might want to come to Hannya to indulge in tasty and wholesome offerings that will leave you feeling ready to tackle the rest of the day. And if the weather this Sunday is anything like it was last week, grab a seat in one of the outdoor tables and absorb the cool breeze. Balance it with a warm green tea.
Then order up a tuna wrap ($10). The delightfully refreshing concoction rolls seared tuna, krabstick, carrots, jalapeños, onions, lettuce, and miso sesame dressing in soy paper. The tuna's seasoned with just the right amount of spice to give the healthy dish a kick.
If Korean pancake is what you want, Korean pancake is what you'll get. Hannya's version has bits of shrimp and crab in every bite of the fluffy and flawlessly crispy flat cake ($13).
Vietnamese spring rolls ($8) stuffed with pork and veggies are crispier than usual. That's cause Chi flash fries the thing and minces the pork, so it's smooth, lightly charred, and crackles as soon as you bite into it. Make sure to dip in the fish sauce.
Chargrilled pork loin is seasoned with lemongrass and served with rice and fried egg ($16).
Looking for something to bring you back to life after Saturday night's binge? Noodles always do it for me, and the pho ($13) at Hannya will certainly do it for you. The traditional rice noodle and pork dish is as authentic Vietnamese as you can get. Throw some bean sprouts to the clear broth, along with hoisin and sriracha sauce to make it as heated as you want. Sunday's were made for slurping.
A mélange of Oreo, coffee, and ice cream capped off an otherwise wholesome meal and gave us energy to go on with the rest of our day.
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