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The owners of World Resource Café have re-opened in Buena Vista with an upscale Asian diner emphasizing regional ingredients. The design elements are subtle: polished concrete flooring, white marble tabletops, and a faux-copper ceiling. However, Shokudo's draw isn't the décor. Its allure is diverse, affordable Asian cuisine, which has been missing from midtown and the Design District. Why is it so good? The fish possesses not a trace of darkened oxidation or filmy iridescence. It's not overdressed, masquerading as sushi-quality fish. The high caliber is immediately recognizable. A "dumpling" section offers traditional pork, shrimp, and pot stickers, reinterpreted slightly to reflect a global mentality. Braised beef buns and pulled pork buns will lure you with familiarity, but go for the soft-shell crab buns, topped with a chiffonade of napa cabbage and drizzled with a creamy paste of homemade sriracha rémoulade. Skewers of pork belly seduce on sight, while classic beef negimaki and chicken yakitori are also available in skewer format, all with an impressive scorch along the edges. Chef Armando Litiatco's kalbi are the result of a secret recipe earned only after a year of "kissing up" to the mother of a Korean classmate, and other main courses range from pork braised in a banana leaf to a Thai red curry with bell peppers, basil, bamboo shoots, and a choice of chicken, beef, shrimp, or crab. From a Singapore-style chow fun, to classic ramen, to "japchae," a vegetarian dish that starts with sweet-potato cellophane noodles, all the noodle offerings exhibit the kitchen's resourcefulness with flour and water. The wine and sake list is varied and covers a good range of price points, and when the weather is hospitable, snag a table in the pretty garden area out back.
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You can buy many things with $10.75. You could purchase one-and-a-quarter packages of Marlboro cigarettes or two bottles of Mexican Coca-Cola and a box of cool honey-flavored Altoids. You could get loads of chewing gum, a sandwich, perhaps a Cuban frita or two. But none of these treats would ever outdo the sushi-packed bento box lunch special at Shokudo, the Buena Vista restaurant famous for tasty Asian cuisine. Yes, buckaroos, you can get a steaming bowl of miso soup, half a California... More »
My visit simply became more visits to follow. The renovation of the building now home to Shokudo Asian Bistro is simple in it's modern and classic interior and pleasing to the eyes. The added back outdoor dining patio garden and seperate intimate bar room enhances the inviting property. Menu is fun by the harmony of multiple temptings common with Asian street food.From the home made dumplings to the duck egg hamachi on to many yummy rice and noodle dishes and other honored preperations signature to the countries of origin. And it gets better as the menu also includes most desired sushi, sashimi and Japanese eats from the successful 12 year run World Resource Cafe, their former ambition. Shokudo staff is attentive, friendly as is the owner Yoko Takarado and Partners whom have the experience and understanding that smart work and success in ownership is very real when the customer is also a 'guest'. As a guest you feel you are given moments of ownership by an experience that begins upon visiting with your first steps through the door. You see and feel the restaurant works hard and smart to provide an excellent dining visit and satisfaction felt long after leaving. And also smart is the staffs openess to solve any issue, respond to questions or comments, and always invite conversation with an ear hearing all voices from the lives of many. Bravo our new Bistro in Buena Vista Miami.
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