Suave, sophisticated Latin-Japanese cuisine will make your taste buds
dance for joy.
Within weeks of opening, SoBe's ubiquitous contingent of celebs had already
samba-ed in, perhaps drawn to a restaurant as flashy as they are. Its
focal point is a dramatic, black-tile sushi bar set under lights that
resemble upended mushrooms and surrounded by an elevated dining area.
Highly evolved simplicity keeps Samba's blend of Japanese, Brazilian
and Peruvian cuisines from becoming an unappetizing menage a trois. Nothing
could be simpler (or more delicious) than sawagani, tiny Japanese river
crabs flash-fried and eaten whole. Equally sublime is salmon seviche
with Dijon mustard, miso and yellowtail tiradito--translucent slices
of cured fish anointed with truffle oil and sea salt. Crispy oysters
are even more luscious when garnished with gingery shiitake puree and
wasabi tobiko. Save room for churros, amazingly light, fried pastries
with orange-caramel, peanut and chocolate-cinnamon sauces