March 1, 2021


All Things Delicious

Ke-uh Provides Japanese Izakaya and Robata at the Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles Beach

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Ke-uh, a restaurant giving a varied and eclectic menu of Japanese robata and izakaya alternatives, has opened at the Acqualina Vacation resort in Sunny Isles Beach.

It is the next location for the cafe, which was launched in Weston in June 2017 by Venezuelan chef Carlos Delfino (proprietor of Kazumi in Essential Biscayne), 7 of his very best childhood buddies, and executive chef Oscar Noborikawa (formerly of Nobu). The identify is a engage in on the Spanish expression, “¿qué hubo?” which interprets as “what’s up?”

“We picked Weston 1st due to the fact there was no competitiveness in the location,” says Ke-uh co-operator Daniel Fernandez. “There ended up many classic Asian dining establishments, but at the time the group had no Asian-fusion tapas principles close by.”

Above two years, Ke-uh attracted a loyal clientele, and the team started scouting for a second location. Previous September, the crew was about to near on a space in Wilton Manors when Acqualina CEO Deborah Yager Fleming arrived to take in at the cafe and still left her business card. The group jumped at the likelihood to open in the place beforehand occupied by AQ by Il Mulino and a sushi bar by Hiro Yakko San, which experienced shut down during the pandemic.

Ke-uh at the Acqualina debuted on December 26, boasting a entire bar, an indoor eating place, and outside seating at a pool area overlooking the ocean.

“The foods and price ranges are equivalent to the Weston locations. The distinction in is the ambiance and the services, since the vacation resort assisted with the schooling of the staff members,” Fernandez tells New Times. “At Acqualina, Ke-uh is much extra about good dining, but with a informal menu. We want to motivate a communal expertise.”

To operate Ke-uh’s kitchen at the resort, the group tapped chef Edwin Delgado (Nobu, Tanuki), who dishes out very hot and cold izakaya-type offerings this kind of as spicy honey tempura shrimp ($9) and Wagyu sliders with quail egg and distinctive sauce ($12). Sushi rolls consist of the “Passion,” designed with crisped shrimp, avocado, and cream cheese and topped with plantain and passion guava sauce ($17) and the “Chirashi,” packed with tuna, hamachi, salmon, and avocado and topped with purple caviar ($16).

Robata offerings include things like eggplant ($3), beef ($5), and shrimp ($4). There are also shareable key courses of kurobuta (Berkshire) pork belly ($28) and baby back ribs served with Korean barbecue sauce and Parmesan truffle fries ($22).

For Fernandez, the harmony of flavors that can make the idea stand out lies in the quality of fish flown in from Japan and the Mediterranean, but extra than just about anything in the talent of the cooks. “They are pretty passionate about their operate,” he suggests, “and the regard they have for each ingredient shines via in each chunk.”

Ke-uh. 17875 Collins Ave. (in the Acqualina Resort), Sunny Isles Beach 305-918-8000 Open daily from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

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