This week, Whitewaller launches for Art Basel (December 7–10). To help guide you to the best spots in town—where you can eat, drink, see art, and relax at, we hear from a group of insiders. Up next, we hear from Chef Masatsugu Kubo at AZABU Miami Beach.
WHERE TO EAT AND SIP
Some of my favorite restaurants in Miami are Lolo’s Surf Cantina, Lung Yai Thai Tapas, Gold Marquess Fine Chinese, Steak 954, and Bombay Cafe Cuisine of India. I like to go to restaurants where I can enjoy traditional cuisines that I am not able to cook myself! After a long day in the kitchen, I like to stop by South Pointe Tavern with the team after work.
WHERE TO SEE ART
During my time off, I wander across the bridge to the Pérez Art Museum to check out their latest exhibitions—they do a great job of showcasing modern and contemporary pieces at any point throughout the year. At Pérez one can come for the art and stay for the view. Some days you get lucky and can catch the sunset over the Miami skyline.
WHERE TO HAVE FUN AND RELAX
My wife and I enjoy going fishing off of the local piers—this is actually how I became familiar with many of the local Florida fish that I sometimes incorporate into my recipes. On weekends we’ll sometimes rent a bike and take a stroll along South Pointe Park. It makes us feel like true locals.