Our Top 5 Reasons to Visit Tanuki on Alton Road
Tanuki, one of Alton Road’s most recent additions, has brought its
unique mix of Pan-Asian cuisine to Miami Beach. This is Tanuki’s first
U.S. location, and after our excellent dinner there, we wouldn’t be
surprised to see more outposts pop up soon.
Here are five reasons we’ve fallen in love with the South Beach eatery.
1. Funky Cocktails: If there’s one word to describe
Tanuki’s drink offerings, it’s creative. If there’s another word to
describe them, it’s delicious. We haven’t seen drinks like these
anywhere else. And while you might think throwing what seems like the
kitchen sink into every drink would backfire, that’s not the case at
all. For example, the Tanabata has a quirky list of
ingredients — vanilla infused gin, umeshu, bee pollen syrup, passion
fruit yuzu foam and chia seeds — but they mix together seamlessly. When
you visit Tanuki, you can’t NOT drink.
2. A Killer Happy Hour: While we’re on
the subject of drinks, let’s talk about Tanuki’s happy hour. Every day
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a number of bites and adult
beverages between $5-$8, including beer, sake and cocktails. Our
suggestions for bar bites: the buns. Both the Soft Shell Crab Fuku Bun and Chicken Fuku Bun are tasty ways to complement your drinking experience at the bar.
3. Stellar Starters: Tanuki’s dishes are meant to be
share. As our waiter put it: “These are Asian tapas.” During our most
recent visit to Tanuki, we took that concept to heart by ordering a
spread of appetizers, including a New-Style Sashimi with hamachi that’s super fresh. The Sea Urchin Rice Cracker was another favorite with a fluffy cracker and a lot of subtle flavors going on. Don’t miss the pan-seared Shrimp Gyoza either — A+ for presentation and taste.
4. Yummy Sushi: We go mad for maki, and we had plenty to choose from during our visit. Truffle lovers will thoroughly enjoy the Truffled Yellowtail.
which wraps up mixed greens, avocado, cherry tomato, truffle
vinaigrette and fish in a nice little package. The highlight of the
night for us, though, was the Crispy Tom Yum. A
combination of shrimp, tobiko, sesame seeds, scallion and Tom Yum sauce,
this roll is a texture and flavor party with a satisfying crunch that
comes with each bite.
5. Dessert: No adjective needed. One of the first
things you’ll notice about dessert here is the prevalence of green tea.
The ingredient appears in a few of the restaurant’s desserts, including
the signature Green Tea Fondant. Although they were out of the fondant when we went (all the more reason to come back), we did get our green tea fix with the Green Tea Panna Cotta,
which surprised us. Green tea and panna cotta aren’t something we’d
typically pair, but the flavors work very well together. For non-green
tea lovers, there are options like Mango Chia and Mochi to end your dinner on a sweet note.