Kilgore Culinary Knockout: Kaido, Ama, & Ember

I can’t think of a chef I’ve mentioned more on this blog than Bradley Kilgore. There’s a good reason for that. It’s impossible to talk about Miami’s current culinary sweet spot without mentioning his name. The mile-long list of accolades continues to mount as South Florida sits royally reaping the benefits of his class-act empire. 

I want people to be able to be hungry and know that we have a restaurant for anytime.” Kilgore expands, “We offer menus that are at all different levels of price point or for any occasion during the week. From ice cream at Madlab to bites over a cocktail at Kaido, family dinner at Ember, Bar Alter for dinner/drinks in a casual outdoor setting and of course our menu inside at Alter.”

His newest ventures follow the established Alter and Brava, and leave no stone unturned. From intricate interior design execution to, more importantly, bites of a lifetime, every restaurant exists at turnkey status.


Here’s the blow-by-blow…


Set within the stylish revival of Miami’s Design District, Kaido easily earns its place in “Paradise” Plaza. The interior design with its lush fabrics, high gloss, and shimmery surfaces, plus enough details to discover a new corner with every visit, evokes a feeling of mystery and sophistication. A fixture with 1200 exposed knives lingers dead-center above the bar and demands immediate attention. In stark contrast to Alter’s unapologetic exposed concrete and graffiti vibe, this chic Japanese-inspired cocktail lounge stunner raises the bar with ...KEEP READING


But wait, there’s more. Hiding out behind a secret-passage door, Kaido houses Ama: a speakeasy reservation-only omakase spot. Named and decorated after Japanese pearl divers of the ’60s, diners can expect one of Miami’s most ambitious chef’s tasting (AMA-kase) menus featuring.KEEP READING


Ember’s arrival, a concept unlike any already within the blazing Kilgore Culinary kingdom, features wood-fire everything…even lasagna. The new hotter than hot arrival, drawn with a signature Kilgore touch where every inch is intentional, creative, and in its place, remains KEEP READING

img_8422When asked how he’s changed through the years since first arriving in Miami, chef Kilgore says he embraces the responsibility that comes as a restauranteur, “All that aside, culinarily I am just as invigorated as ever to be creative and bring experiences to our guest.” After consistently visiting every single one of his restaurants through the years, I can confirm the experiences continue to evolve and impress, captivating Miami diners one reservation at a time. 

And what is next on the horizon? I want to stay grounded, keep all the places moving in the right direction and work on executing at a high level. No new openings for me to announce this year. The gloves are off. Miamians, get yourselves ringside seats to all the action. This heavyweight division is just getting started.

223 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 573-5996

Brava by Brad Kilgore
1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 468-2365

Kaido and AMA
151 NE 41st St Unit 217
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 409-5591

151 NE 41st St Suite 117
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 334-6494

MadLab Creamery
140 NE 39th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 639-8178