Japanese robata grill, wasabi martinis and more: What’s trending on Miami’s food scene?

Japanese robata grill, wasabi martinis and more: What’s trending on Miami’s food scene?

August 30, 2019 Off By whatistulip

As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending today?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which restaurants have been getting a notable increase in attention this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Miami businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are riding a trend, right now.

Boia De

Open since June, this Italian and New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “American (New)” on Yelp.

Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.9% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Boia De saw a 71.4% increase, maintaining a sterling five-star rating throughout.

It’s not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Whiskey Joe’s- Biscayne has seen a 4.2% increase in reviews.

Located at 5205 N.E. Second Ave. in the Little Haiti, Boia De offers bone marrow, tuna tartare, baked clams, fried potato skins with caviar and pasta dishes.

Boia De is open from 5:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 5:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. (It’s closed on Tuesday.)

Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about Brickell’s Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill, the popular wine bar, steakhouse and South African spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as “Steakhouses” on Yelp saw a median 1.7% increase in new reviews over the past month, Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill bagged a 3.8% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a sound four-star rating.

Open at 701 S. Miami Ave., Suite 339A, Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill offers chili-coffee rubbed pork flatbread, duck fat fingerling potatoes and fried green tomatoes.

Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill is open from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. on Sunday.


Bellini is also making waves. Open since May at 2988 McFarlane Road, the well-established Italian spot has seen a 37% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 5.6% for all businesses tagged “Italian” on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Bellini’s review count increased by more than 200%.

Bellini’s menu features rustic Italian fare with popular items like lasagne Bolognese, tuna carpaccio and Tiramisu for dessert as well as wines imported from Italy. Over the past month, it’s maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.

Bellini is now open every day for breakfast from 7-11 a.m., lunch from noon-4 p.m., and dinner from 5-11 p.m.

Novikov Miami

Downtown Miami’s Novikov Miami is the city’s buzziest Japanese spot by the numbers.

The well-established seafood market, bar and Japanese spot, which opened at 300 S. Biscayne Blvd. in May 2018, increased its new review count by 11.5% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 3.3% for the Yelp category “Japanese.” It outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.5 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

It’s not the only trending outlier in the Japanese category: Sushi KONG Miami has seen a 3.3% increase in reviews.

Novikov Miami offers chef Raul Cortes’ creations, tempura, sushi, robata (Japanese barbecue) and market-price fish as well as wasabi martinis.

Novikov Miami is open from noon–3 p.m. and 6 p.m.–11 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon–3 p.m. and 6 p.m.–midnight on Friday and 6 p.m.–midnight on Saturday.