Inside Brad Kilgore’s New Design District Cocktail Lounge, Kaido, + Secret Speakeasy Ama
By Paige Mastrandrea
Nestled in the brand-new Miami Design District Paradise Plaza lies acclaimed chef Brad Kilgore’s latest hot spot, Kaido. The intimate Asian and Japanese-inspired cocktail lounge takes on the theme of a chic, Tokyo-style drinking den, with cozy banquette seating, dim lighting illuminated by a gorgeously crafted bar area and of course, a vibrant cocktail program and decadent bites. The room is highlighted by a stunning 1,000 Butterfly Knife chandelier, custom-made for the space. Equipped with a DJ-ready sound system, the lounge serves as the perfect, sexy ambiance for a night out or night-cap.
The menu features a range of diverse Asian-inspired bites, featuring six different sections: Raw/Chilled, Appetizers, Robatayaki, Indulge, Sweet and Issho-Ni—translating to “together”—dishes that are perfect to share with a group. Each plate boasts fresh ingredients and utilizes local produce. Must-try menu highlights include the signature Uni Fondue—a warm, velvety sauce of Uni combined with aged parmesan and an array of seafood, vegetables, spices and herbs; the Crispy Iberico Pork Kushikatsu—a savory, tender serving of Iberico Pork with Kaido Tonkatsu Sauce, hot mustard, soy pickled onions and shaved cabbage; Beef Tartare, which comes playfully displayed in crunchy cones, topped with crispy onions, chili garlic sauce and kimchi capers; and the refreshing Green Papaya salad, which pairs wonderfully with one of the rich meat dishes on the menu. And of course, for the indulge section, the A5 Wagyu Katsu Sando or the A5 Wagyu Tataki are the perfect components to amplify the meal, as well as the fan-favorite Korean Style Short Ribs.
Aside from the cuisine, the grand selling point of this Design District gem is its enticing cocktail menu. Paying homage to its Asian-inspired roots, the spot boasts a lengthy Japanese whisky and sake menu, as well as innovative cocktails unique to Kaido. Standouts include the Jasmine Gimlet—a sweet concoction that puts a spin on the traditional Vodka gimlet with a Japanese flair, that goes down smooth like a sip of a cold sake; as well as the Shiso Negroni—gin, amaro, sweet vermouth and shiso leaf; and the Hokkaido Sour—soy milk washed Japanese whisky, licorice Kuromitsu syrup, lemon juice and Kombu Bitters.