Even though it’s right in the heart of one of Brickell’s busiest strips, Kaori is a good place to hide from the chaos of the neighborhood. The upscale restaurant occupies a dim, narrow, two-story space that feels pleasantly secluded. Menu items include Mediterranean, Chinese, and Japanese dishes that aren’t cheap, but are very tasty. They have a great garlic butter branzino served butterflied and perfectly tender. The crudos are very good, and the smoked ginger prawn and octopus karaage should be on the table too. Their cocktails are also excellent, and they have a cozy lounge downstairs that’s a fine spot to have a drink or two at the bar.
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