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AIJÓ Miami: How Miami Does Surf and Turf

Whitney Bond with Aijo Brickell Staff

While in Miami last week I had the pleasure of dining at AIJÓ Restaurant in the Brickell neighborhood.

My good friend Ben that I was visiting recommended that we go to AIJÓ for dinner on my first night there.  The food, service and drinks were so amazing that I knew I had to come back and write a new LLB “Restaurant Rave” all about the Miami hot spot! AIJÓ’s director René Buroz set everything up for a fabulous dinner the next night!

Aijo Brickell Miami VIP Dining Room

Ben and I dined in their VIP private dining room, sipped some wine and had a great time!

We started off with a couple of their signature appetizers including the Gyoza Pork Dumplings…

Aijo Gyoza Dumplings

And the Oishi O Niku…

Aijo Oishi O Niku

Oishi-O-what?  The dish consists of beef tataki, oranges, shiso leaves and fresh shaved black truffle. Yum!

We then sampled some of their Signature sushi rolls.

Aijo Sushi Roll

Aijo Sushi

I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a lot of good sushi in my day and this was some of the best I’ve ever had!

We also tried the Tempura Rock Shrimp…

Aijo Rock Shrimp

… and the slow cooked pork belly with sweet and sour sauce.

Aijo Pork Belly

It’s under there… I promise 🙂  And it’s scrumptious!

For the main course… yes there was still a main course after all of the above!

MASAKO BONE-IN RIB EYE

Oh and a main course it was!

A 24 oz prime rib eye aged 21 days, marinated in a garlic, ginger, cilantro soy and served with a side of buttery truffle ponzu explosion sauce.

Explosion sauce?  More like explosion-of-flavor sauce!

MASAKO BONE-IN RIB EYE

The sauce was amazing, but the steak alone was so tender and flavorful, it didn’t even need sauce.

MASAKO BONE-IN RIB EYE

This dish is perfect to share with a few friends… even though Ben and I managed to eat it all on our own 😉

…and still somehow ate this trio of desserts as well!

Aijo Brickell Dessert Trio

See those little pastries in the middle, they’re called Nutella Arruchadito and they’re crispy phyllo dough baskets filled with nutella, and they’re amazing… but to be honest, I do have a slight Nutella addiction!

After dinner, I was honored to sign their “Wall of Fame”!

Whitney Bond signing the Aijo Brickell Signature Wall

If you’re looking for a fun night out in Miami with great service and amazing food, check out AIJÓ… and get the ribeye… trust me on that one! You will not be disappointed!

Tell Antulio that Little Leopard Book sent you, he’s the manager there and will take great care of you!  If you sit at the bar be sure to ask for Nara, his signature drinks are delicious and he’s a really fun guy!  If you’ll be eating in the dining room be sure to request Karen, she was our fantastic server both evenings and she’s super sweet!

AIJÓ is located at 1331 Brickell Bay Dr. Miami, FL. 33131, for reservations call: (786) 452-1637 or visit their website at www.aijorestaurant.com.