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Arjun Waney’s ‘LatAsian’ Restaurant DÔA Will Expand to Boston From Miami

Another place to try nikkei and chifa cuisine in the city

DÔA Miami
DÔA Miami
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When the Yvonne’s team opened Ruka at the Godfrey Hotel late last year, the cuisines from which it drew its inspiration, nikkei and chifa, were all but unheard of in Boston. Nikkei refers to the blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines, while chifa is Chinese and Peruvian. Now, another restaurant along the same culinary lines has plans to open in Boston.

Restaurateur Arjun Waney — whose sprawling international empire includes restaurants in London, Miami, and beyond — is bringing his casual “LatAsian” concept, DÔA, to Boston and DC, per a release, featuring nikkei- and chifa-inspired dishes in a “true neighborhood setting.”

Shrimp siu mai at DÔA Miami
Shrimp siu mai at DÔA Miami
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The first location of DÔA (which means “door” in Japanese) opened in Miami late last year, and it’s open until 5 a.m. daily. Considering Boston shuts down significantly earlier, it’s unlikely the forthcoming Boston DÔA will stay open quite that late, but the company hasn’t yet announced any details, including a location or an opening timeline.

The Miami location spans 5,200 square feet and includes a central bar, DJ booth, open kitchen, lounge area, and a maki counter, along with a large outdoor terrace, according to Eater Miami.

Robata corn at DÔA Miami
Robata corn at DÔA Miami
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On the Miami menu: ceviches, sashimi, maki rolls, steamed buns, nikkei-style rotisserie chicken, hot pots, and lots more.

“We invented the word ‘LatAsian,’” Waney told the Miami New Times prior to the opening of DÔA. “We are not Japanese; we are not Chinese — we are strictly nikkei and chifa. The flavors are unique to the Asian-influenced cuisine born in Latin America. We greatly look forward to showcasing this type of food and its unique diversity to the country and the world.”

Stay tuned for more details on DÔA’s forthcoming Boston location.

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