In the heart of Wynwood, Miami lies the chic food hall meets Asian market, 1-800-Lucky.
If you’re from the surrounding area, chances are you’ve been here before. The 10,000-square-foot hall is always flooded with people who adore the seven restaurants inside and the hall’s hip nod to traditional Asian markets.
Hip-hop music is constantly on rotation to give the space a modern Miami vibe. 1-800-Lucky also features an open dining concept throughout the hall with plenty of tables, windows, and open space.
The seven restaurants serve everything from delicious and creamy ramen to Vietnamese sandwiches. Did I mention there are also two full bars and a karaoke lounge?
While I didn’t stop in for karaoke night, my friends and I did get a chance to eat a few courses at 1-800-Lucky. But we faced the issue, where do you find weed in Miami?
For my first course, I stopped at the b-side stand for some starter sushi.
I ordered the Lost In Translation roll, which comes with tuna, salmon, avocado, tobiko, crispy quinoa, and ají Amarillo aioli. It was rolled to perfection in crispy seaweed to give the exterior that satisfying crunch.
The fish was really fresh, and the tobiko (fish eggs) added another delicious crunch alongside the crispy quinoa. Six pieces later, I was ready for my second course.
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I was craving hearty comfort food with noodles, so what better dish than Authentic ramen? Let me tell you, the line outside Usagi Tokyo was no joke but very worth the wait.
I ordered the Shoyu Ramen, something I’m quite familiar with, so it was interesting to see how the broth’s consistency and flavors compared to previous shoyu ramen dishes I’ve had.
The broth was made from chicken, fish, and vegetables, giving it a deeply savory taste with a hint of seafood. The artisanal noodles were exactly what I was looking for, not too thick and not too thin.
My favorite part of the dish was the sliced grilled pork, I had never experienced such a savory melt-in-your-mouth pork before, and the small layer of fat brought a burst of flavor.
Topped with scallions, seasoned bamboo shoots, and Japanese parsley, I can honestly say this was one of the best ramen dishes I’ve ever had.
For my last purchase at 1-800-Lucky, I headed over to Jeepney for its “Sweetz” menu, where I ordered the Ensaymada. I’ve never had Ensaymada before, so it was a nice change for the palate.
It was a country-style bread roll that balanced savory and sweet perfectly. The roll was as soft as a cloud, topped with sugar butter for a sweet kick and paired with shredded cheese for a savory finish.
It was an excellent and comforting way to end my time at 1-800-Lucky, the 10,000-square-foot dining hall meets Asian market that I will never forget.