Wayku Restaurant in Miami FL mixes Latin and Andean culture

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Wynwood’s Wayku, a Latin fusion restaurant, pays homage to Andean culture.

Andean culture is about to meet Latin fusion in Wynwood.

Restaurateur Diego D’Alvia, owner of Rex – Best Chivito in Town restaurants in Buenos Aires, opens the Wakyu Restaurant & Bar in Miami next week.

The 2,000-square-foot restaurant, which has indoor and outdoor seating, considers its cuisine experimental. Led by Milanese chef Matteo Gritti, he aspires to what he calls “nomadic-inspired” cuisine.

What does it mean?

This means that you can start with light dishes like the Krunchies Tuber & Beet Hummus. You can hit the raw sea bass and order fresh hot and cold tapas. Want something cold? Try the Phantom Ceviche with Patagonian trout, vegetable pickles and green gazpacho that mixes Spanish, Peruvian and Mexican flavors. Do you prefer hot tapas? Get the Arancini stuffed with goat cheese and burnt aioli.

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A stand at Wayku in Wynwood.

Main courses include octopus in the coral reef with eggplant, beetroot and red coral, Wayku’s nod to Surf N Turf. There is also the Short Rib with Bone on mashed peas with ginger and aioli and the Kanka Cauliflower with mango and coconut curry sauce, green oil and candied orange.

For dessert, try the Avocado Cheesecake with Mint Lime Candy or the Pink Volcano Gelato.

Mona Gallosi from Buenos Aires created the Wayku bar program, which means cocktails like La Flor Blanca (vodka, bleaching cilantro, lime and sparkling water); Serpent King (London dry gin, celery extract, Sicilian lemon and Prosecco); the Latin Lover (aged rum, white vermouth, pecan honey and Aztec chocolate bitters; and Tierra y Fuego (pisco matured in plum, lime and raw sugar). You can also order traditional cocktails such as the Signature Boulevardier with American whiskey, Campari and vermouth aged in cocoa nibs; Spritz Wayku with dry cider, Aperol and dragon fruit; and the Old Fashioned Mushrooms with American whiskey, honey of mushroom and bitters.

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Short Rib with Bone on Mashed Peas with Ginger and Aioli at Wayku. BRINSON RENDA

Wayku Restaurant and Bar

Or: 73 NW 26th St., Miami

Opening: February 9

Hours: 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 4:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Mondays

Reservations: www.waykurestaurants.com

Connie Ogle loves wine, books and the Miami Heat. Please don’t make him eat mango.

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