Mi-kan, Brickell's Sushi Pioneer, Revamps its Menu
|Don't Worry Be Happy|
New creations with catchy, funky names like "It's a Small World," "Don't Worry be Happy" and "1163 Risotto" appeal to Western palates as kimchee and wasabi mayo merge with unconventional ingredients like portobellos, olive oil, and risotto. Even though the traditional hosomaki are still on stand-by, newly designed sushi rolls broken up into three types now own real estate on the menu - Brown Rice Sushi, Roll Sushi, No Rice Rolls. Now those who are looking for restaurants catering to vegetarian selections, carb-free or just healthier food in general can feel good about eating here. Even the purists out there still have a home here; chirashi, sashimi and even natto will never disappear.
"It's a Small World" ($14) is a new take on the traditional onigiri, aka. stuffed rice ball. Each one is made with brown rice and filled with crab, charbroiled with eel sauce and then topped with fresh tuna, salmon, hamachi and white fish. The caramelized, crunchy, slightly warm rice ball serves as a great contrast to the cool, soft texture of the raw fish and the kimchee sauce and wasabi mayonnaise gave just the right amount of spice to elevate the flavors of all of the ingredients.
"Don't Worry Be Happy" ($12) combines the trifecta of sushi fish - tuna, salmon and hamachi. It's chopped up and seasoned with soy, sesame oil, scallions and topped with the yolk of a quail egg. The idea here is to mix in the egg yolk as one would in a traditional, French steak tartare. The yolk lends just the right amount of fat and moisture to the mix as well as adding luscious texture.
|It's a Small World|
The restaurant has undergone a facelift. We are not going to lie, it still appears dated and the Pepto-Bismol pink walls are a jarring, but it is exponentially more appealing than the pre-facelift days.
Mi-kan is located at 80 SW First Avenue on the first floor of the Chase Building. It opens Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Don't even think about dropping in on Sunday, it is Ike's golf day.