Jaya, means “victory” in Sanskrit, and the name choice makes perfect sense! This modern Asian restaurant has succeeded in outdoing its competition with incredible dishes from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and India. You have the option to dine inside or out, but at night, I recommend dining at The Bar & The Courtyard. It features a built-in retractable rooftop for you to relax and enjoy the elegance al fresco with a sky view, and the mood is set with their house DJ spinning lounge music. Plus, every Friday night, they have Asian Night Bazaar Dinner Series, which involves performances by geisha greeters, contortionists and fire dancers. Let the show begin!
Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena incorporates many traditional techniques that often include ginger, cardamom, turmeric, chilies, tamarind and coconut milk. A few of the customers’ all-time favorites include the Naan flatbread, Peking Duck, Dim Sums, Tandoor sea bass, and Indian curries. While enjoying the show, the waitress served Naan flatbread to our table, which was a warm, soft, and pita-like bread. Next came the lobster curry, my pick from the menu! It’s served in a bowl with diced Thai eggplants, bell peppers, green curry, Thai basil, and Jasmine rice to accompany the tasty lobster. I loved the explosion of spicy flavors that gave it that Indian authenticity. These dishes will have you coming back for more!
There are a few enticing sweet selections on Jaya’s dessert menu, but my guest and I chose the Caribbean rum cake, a delicious choice! When you take your first bite into the coconut mousseline, passionfruit pastry cream, and pineapple-white chocolate ice cream, your mind will automatically transport to the Caribbean! The overall experience at Jaya is one not to be missed; from the retractable rooftop, to the fire dancers, and the incredibly satisfying food.
2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
By Vanessa C. Guzman