August 26th, 2017
7100 Biscayne Blvd,
Shame on me for taking so long to return to a restaurant I’ve been to before and know I love. I won’t make that mistake again. If you haven’t been, Miami Spice or not, get to it.
The Spice menu at Phuc Yea works a little differently than others. Ultimately, it’s a five-course menu highlighting some of their best dishes and some newer additions. The second course (P.Y. Noddles: make them crabby for a $5 supplement) and a chef’s choice dessert are the only preselected items.
What I tried:
HIT: More like doing it, and doing it, and doing it well. I’ll settle on the Cast Iron Lemongrass Chicken and the Pho Spiced Short Rib ($15 supplement) as the standout dishes. I loved the chicken’s layered flavors: citrusy with equal parts sweet and heat for a fun finish. The short rib (regularly $29 on the main menu), arrived plated simply on a large wooden tray, accompanied by a summer watermelon salad. I pushed the herbs covering the meat aside, for the big reveal. Oh my, it looked divine and smelled positively intoxicating. Arriving at the very end of dinner after way too many courses, I gluttonously attempted to soldier through it. The caramelized meat easily fell off the bone and surprised me with its flavor profile. Taking one look around the room, I noticed I wasn’t the only one in a trance by this dish. It almost brought me to tears. Really. What a night!
MISS: Không Có Gì. Is that how you say it? #NothingbutaGThang
As I mentioned in my original review, Phuc Yea’s got soul. Prepare to swag-dine and sway to the baddest of the baddest mix of 90s hip-hop setting the vibe: definitely, the place to be.