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Modern pan-Asian eatery, Tanuki, Opens Second Location at River Landing Shops and Residences

Modern pan-Asian eatery, Tanuki, Opens Second Location at River Landing Shops and Residences

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Modern pan-Asian eatery, Tanuki, announces the opening of its highly anticipated second location at the exclusive River Landing Shops and Residences (1400 NW N River Drive, Miami, FL, 33125). Boasting a completely reimagined organic design, the 4,500-plus square-foot indoor and outdoor space is situated alongside the historic Miami River and marks the brand’s first expansion outside of its Miami Beach flagship. Beloved by both critics and customers alike, Tanuki has built a cult-like following for its Asian-fusion dishes, innovative craft cocktails and cool, high-energy vibe. With its newest locale, Tanuki River Landing is primed to elevate the fan-favorite concept to another level while catalyzing a new dining destination in the Mid River District.

Now open for lunch and dinner, Tanuki River Landing, led by Vladimir Kulikov, Development Director U.S., showcases both new and popular items from the beach location including sushi; premium sashimi; dim sum; rice dishes; and hot and cold noodle dishes. Newly appointed Brand Chef Gustavo Montes, whose background was built on traditional methods of cooking Asian cuisine, incorporates a refreshing approach to the menu with twists on classic Chinese and Japanese dishes inspired by the prevalent Latin cuisine found in Miami. Unique and surefire bestsellers include A5 Kamameshi with wild foraged mushrooms; Mango Salmon with a mango mirin glaze that incorporates delicious umami with the fresh, tangy fruit to invigorate the palate; Wet Aged Prime Ribeye with shiso chimichurri; and Black Cod served with saiyako miso glaze and hijikami, among other exciting dishes.

Maki and Nigiri program specially curated by Chef Montes is rolling out at the new River Landing location, as he pairs freshly flown in fish from the world-famous Tsukiji Outer Market in Japan with accompaniments, sauces, garnishes and other elements with 305-inspired flair. Guests will be buzzing about the Karaage Chicken & Watermelon Maki Roll, an imaginative take on the classic Southern dish, featuring a roll made with crispy chicken and watermelon compressed with shiso. On the dessert menu, Montes also boldly reinvents a Miami staple, flan, through his thoughtful and creamy Azuki Chawanmushi: a version of the dish made with sweet Azuki beans and savory chawanmushi (Asian egg custard) with a perfectly balanced finish to delight even the strictest fan of the original sticky-sweet treat.

An exclusive list of sake and wine, as well as innovative Asian-inspired cocktails, pair beautifully with the crave-worthy cuisine and can be enjoyed at the table or the not-to-be-missed bar area. Guests celebrating a special event or simply preferring an intimate dining experience will be welcome to book Tanuki’s semi-private dining room which will accommodate intimate gatherings as well as larger parties for dinner events.

Upon entering the bright and vibrant space, guests are immediately drawn to the impressive open layout and design that is inspired by nature and integrates reclaimed elements, premium quality raw materials and organic shapes. “We wanted to bring a new energy to Miami’s dining scene, and we’re thrilled with the result,” says Gust Sempre, CEO at Sempre.Life, the firm that led the creative interior design. Forgoing any influence of often-seen trends, Sempre and his team of established architects constructed a completely original concept for Tanuki though fans will recognize some signature elements like wall murals by acclaimed local street artist Andrew Antonaccio, as well as a smaller, yet just as mischievous and fortuitous statue of the Tanuki himself. Specializing in creating spaces that encourage serenity and peace of mind, the modern-meets-rustic vibe of Tanuki’s River Landing post impresses diners from the first step inside to the last bite of their meal. Along with plenty of indoor seating, the open plan also encourages guests to indulge outdoors at one of the many available tables facing the tranquil Miami River. Additionally, Miami’s boating community will be excited to learn of the new hotspot to dock and dine.

Tanuki River Landing is located at River Landing Shops and Residences at 1400 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33125. Hours of operation for lunch service daily are from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit; call (305) 433-2436; or email the restaurant at on Instagram and Facebook.

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