August 2020
Not your typical Japanese eatery, but it feels right at home in Wynwood


From the team behind the party spot, Dirty Rabbit, Back Door Monkey is definitely not your typical Japanese eatery, but it feels right at home in Wynwood. The focal point of the restaurant is 1940’s war-theme. Think replica tank-turned-DJ-booth with spinning house music. A majority of the venue is open-air but well covered for rain and with plenty of fans. There are a few socially-distanced two tops inside, bathrooms with pink palm frond wallpaper and gold mirrors that beg for selfies, and of course, monkeys. Lots of monkeys.


We kicked off the night with cocktails. There were only four signature drinks to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. Our favorites were the Noise Ordinance with tequila, crème de cassis, mango, lime and a touch of wasabi agave and A Pair of Drunken Monkeys with vodka, pear, apple juice, lemon and a holiday-inspired cinnamon-cardamon-basil-honey syrup.

The main draw on the menu is their fresh raw fish, but they also offer vegetarian and vegan options. Standouts on our visit were the earthy Tuna & Octopus Ceviche with avocado, myoga, scallions, tomato, red onion, ginger and truffle ponzu, the citrusy Cobia Crudo with heirloom cherry tomatoes, yuzu vinaigrette and kosho and red onion, and the Hamachi Serrano Maki – a roll with king crab salad, serrano pepper, chives, mango and yuzu-truffle mayo.

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