Sakaya Kitchen is a relatively new asian-infused restaurant with two locations in Miami. This establishment started off as a modest food truck, offering up items like their spicy crispy shrimp soft taco, dirty south korean pulled pork sliders, or their infamous spicy tater tots. Curious to see if they were still serving great eats, I stopped by to check out their downtown location. Their decor was the same as their Midtown location; a simple interior design with long tables and benches for seating; the menu was written in chalk on the black walls. Ordering takes place at the register, and if you care to eat-in, the employee brings out the food to you. My wait was reasonable, and the girl who brought out my food was really sweet.
I ordered a Angus beef “Bulgogi” burger just to play it safe. All of their sandwiches come with a tater tot or salad option, but I went with the tots upon hearing how popular they were. The burger was good, not the best I ever had, but it was good. I had ordered it medium cooked, and meat was surprisingly juicy, and tasted fresh, not frozen. The burger was simply built with only spicy cheese, spicy mayo, and cucumber slices as it’s ingredients. I loved their spicy mayo; it was very savory and it complimented the cucumber slices nicely. Next was their spicy tater tots; they looked like ordinary tots served in school lunches but with a red sauce coating and bits of chopped green onions. The tots tasted like the school’s tots; I wasn’t really impressed by the tots itself. What gave them life was the sriracha-tasting sauce that had an anise-like underlying flavor to it. They were impressively crispy even though they were marinated in that red sauce. I did the mistake of ordering the last red velvet cookie presented in the jar. The cookie itself was humongous, about the size of my face. It looked good but it was too crumbly and stale, to which I assume it was because it was made in the morning and by 4pm it wasn’t at it’s prime anymore.
Overall, this dish was okay. I wasn’t blown away by the meal, but it was decent. I’m not snubbing Sakaya yet; they had other dishes on the menu that intrigued me such as their honey-orange baby back ribs that comes with ginger brussel sprouts and thai jasmine rice, or the “KFC” Korean fried chicken wings, house-made napa kimichi and pickle, accompanied with thai jasmine rice. Let’s hope these are more notable than the bulgogi burger.
By Food Blogger, Caroline Shalabi