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Haiku Tampa, an Asian fusion restaurant, debuts downtown

Haiku Tampa (808 N Franklin Street) might be the most beautiful restaurant in the city. Myriad flowers adorn the Japanese fusion restaurant’s private dining walls, and the exquisitely plated and prepared dishes are almost too pretty to eat.

The restaurant features Izakaya-style dishes, and recipes combining other Asian influences. The sprawling beverage menu features sakes, sangria, and hand-crafted cocktails.

The best new cocktail spot in Tampa

What is Izakaya?

Izakaya is a type of informal Japanese bar that serves alcoholic drinks and small plates. Izakayas are casual places for after-work drinking, similar to a British or Irish pub, Spanish tapas bars, and american saloons and taverns, according to Haiku Tampa’s website.

The restaurant’s mission revolves around “Extreme Quality, Dedicated Service and beautiful Presentation” to make sure your every visit is a memorable one.

Notable appetizers include duck bao buns, braised pork belly, shrimp tempura, and the Wagyu Hot Stone Market, which features hishito chimi, spicy mango, soy demi, and veggie yakitori.

Japanese comfort food in the heart of Tampa

Here are the mains you need to try on your visit:

Tokyo Shio Ramen: light savory broth, chicken confit, soft egg roasted, tomato, corn, scallion, bok choy.

Miso Marinated Sea Bass: asparagus, Okinawa potato, radish yuzu, coconut.

Seared Ponzu Duck: kobocho squash, shiitake, bok choy, ume kosho.

Wood Fired Lobster Uramaki: asparagus, spicy tuna tempura, shrimp. avocado.

Dragon Fruit Dome: orange, yuzo, kompeto candy, sesame.

Blossom & Pear Custard: blossom jelly, pear custard, pear pudding, honey, yuzu powder.

Haiku Tampa, 808 North Franklin Street

Follow Haiku Tampa on Facebook and Instagram for menu teasers.

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