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ABOUT TANUKI

Tanuki is a gateway to a unique Asian culinary experience in the heart of South Beach, serving dishes and drinks inspired by the Japanese, Chinese, and cuisines from all over Asia. Located on the ever-bustling Alton Road at the corner of 11th Street, our South Beach restaurant is hailed by both critics and customers alike as one of the best places to enjoy Asian fusion dishes and high-quality ingredients in Miami Beach.

With a menu thoughtfully curated and seasonally updated by our experienced culinary team, Tanuki features sushi, sashimi, dim sum, and signature hot and cold Asian fusion dishes all created with a contemporary approach in preparation and presentation. In addition to an impressive sake and wine list, unique Asian fusion cocktails complement the cuisine.

Inspired by a Japanese raccoon dog, known as Tanuki, that carries great folkloric significance, we believe that we can bring the myth of happiness and good fortune behind this gullible, yet also sometimes mischievous animal to life with the right combination of food, fun, and atmosphere.

THE FIGURE

Tanuki is a magical shape-shifting raccoon-fox with an interest in encouraging generosity and cheerfulness among winners and diners. Boasting supernatural powers, he has reformed from his mischievous tendencies into a benevolent rascal that represents good luck, prosperity, and success. Tanuki figures are found throughout Japan, especially in and around restaurants where they beckon drinkers and diners to enter and enjoy life through food and beverage. As a fun-loving figure, good fortune is denoted through his specific traits including:

  • A big belly, signifying bold and calm decision-making
  • A big tail, symbolizing steadiness and strength
  • Big eyes, indicating the capability to judge the environment and make good decisions
  • A structured hat, representing readiness and protection against the bad weather/bad times
  • A friendly smile, offering a friendly attitude toward customers