The Beach Boys famously said "catch a wave and you're sitting on top of the world", but they also said "be true to your school", so clearly those guys are losers. Catching the wave of Downtown eateries, Soi Asian Bistro
From a Mr. Yum partner who set his sights on the burgeoning Downtown food scene, Soi's set just south of the Miami-Dade campus and serves casual, easy-on-the-wallet pan-Asian grub (with a bent towards Thai) from a sleek yet comfy alcove lined with velvety olive banquettes, a ruffled taffeta ceiling, and a pixelated mirror wall which'll make you look like Mario, depending on how much you 8
bit. Lighter fare includes a novel take on chicken salad (pineapple, apple, orange, strawberry in a creamy sauce w/ grilled chicken), Thai Spicy Beef Salad (grilled sliced beef marinated w/ Thai spices, tomatoes, onions, scallions, and cucumbers), and a cool fried rice dish with scallions, egg, brown sauce, and blue crab, who's understandably bummed about his current situation. Next up're entrees like beef masaman curry (rich sauce w/ coconut milk, cashews, potatoes & avocado), chicken in ginger sauce (sauteed w/ bell peppers, scallions & 'shrooms), and a nod to Chinese fare: crispy fried bird in a sweet & sour sauce, called Volcano Chicken -- also the sequel in which Tommy Lee Jones won't go anywhere near magma, or Anne Heche
They're also hitting you with Miami-influenced sushi rolls like the Mamasita (yellowtail, fresh jalapeno, tempura flakes), the Salmon Yuzu (citrusy yuzu sauce, jalapeno, cilantro, spicy mayo), and one with tuna, avocado, tempura crunch, scallions, and spicy sauce called the Miami Heat -- who're sitting on top of the world now that LeBron didn't stay true to his Cleveland.