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Born in Brazil, cultured from her Brazilian-Japanese mother, Filipino father, family in Nagano, Japan and raised in Miami.  At the age of 14, Manager Wendy Maharlika started her restaurant experience at Siam River, Miami.  Chef Kevin Cory later came to instill a sushi makeover and they instantly became great friends. 

Wendy Maharlika left for the University of Florida and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Majored in Tourism and Hospitality Management and Minored in Business Administration.  Wendy Maharlika worked for the University of Florida Hilton Hotel and Conference Center as Head Waitress and then as Restaurant Supervisor with direct supervision of Albert's, In-room dining and the 2-Bits Bar and Lounge.  Wendy Maharlika was awarded University of Florida Hilton Hotel and Conference Center's Employee of the Year, Front of House 2005.

Wendy Maharlika returned to Miami to work for Loews Miami Beach, The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne and The Regent Bal Harbour. 

In 2009, Wendy Maharlika accepted an intense challenge to work for both The Regent Bal Harbour as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage from 7 a.m. and afterwards for NAOE® until often 4 a.m.  Chef Kevin Cory and Manager Wendy Maharlika quietly opened NAOE® on March 19, 2009.  For the next several months, Wendy Maharlika relentlessly worked a double mission without losing focus and received The Regent Bal Harbour Manager of the Quarter award, along with accolades for NAOE®:

 

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F I V E - S T A R   A W A R D

"Chef/owner Kevin Cory and manager Wendy Maharlika treat you like a guest in their own home.

Maharlika holds down the dining room while Cory single-handily prepares every dish that comes out of the kitchen"

Forbes Travel Guide 1/22/2014

 

 

BEST RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA 2013

OpenTable 12/11/2013

 

 

TOP 10 HONOREE

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS IN THE UNITED STATES 2013

OpenTable 3/5/2013

 

 

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F I V E   S T A R S

1 of only 28 Restaurants in the World

"an impeccable experience in flavor, presentation and gracious service"

Forbes Travel Guide 2013

 

 

BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE UNITED STATES 2012

OpenTable 12/12/2012

 

 

"I can't believe this exists in Miami" since it would be "outstanding even in Japan",

gush fans of this culinary star, rated the city's tops for Food and Service

all presented with "warm", "personal" care by "charming" manager Wendy Maharlika and a helper

Zagat 2013 America's Top Restaurants 11/6/2012

 

 

* O N E   H U N D R E D   R E V I E W S *

* F I V E   S T A R S *

yelp 5/2009 - 8/2012

 

 

TOP 100 RESTAURANTS IN THE USA 2011

OpenTable 12/13/2011

 

 

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F O U R   S T A R S

- TOP 4 JAPANESE RESTAURANTS IN NORTH AMERICA -

Forbes Travel Guide 2012

(released 11/15/2011 on Startle)

 

 

WORLD'S TOP RESTAURANTS

"Of those (1,404) restaurants, 23 are considered the tops"

Chicago Tribune / Zagat World's Top Restaurants, Fourth Edition

(released 11/9/2011)

 

 

TOP 30 RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA

Zagat Survey 2012

(released 10/25/2011 & 11/1/2011)

 

 

"Once in a rare while, you discover a restaurant so authentic, so special, yet still undiscovered by the masses.

By virtue of its petite size and strict seating times, the Japanese gem, NAOE, will forever remain intimate and original."

"Stellar Service"

Fodor's South Florida 2012

(released 10/25/2011)

 

 

- Zagat Picks for Good Restaurants on a Business Trip -

- TOP 30 RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA -

"These restaurants, which scored 29 of a possible 30 for food,

are the best restaurants in the country."

USA TODAY Travel (Zagat 2012) 10/25/2011

 

 



TripAdvisor 9/25/2011

 

 

TOP 50 BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS

IN THE UNITED STATES 2011

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OpenTable 2/28/2011

 

 

TOP 50 RESTAURANTS IN THE UNITED STATES 2010

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OpenTable 12/16/2010

 

 

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F O U R   S T A R S

- TOP 3 JAPANESE RESTAURANTS IN NORTH AMERICA -

"Chef/owner Kevin Cory and manager Wendy Maharlika

treat diners at this petite Japanese jewelbox as they would guests in their own home."

Forbes Travel Guide 11/16/2010

 

 

1. NAOE (20.0)

"#1 each week for the past year"

Miami's Restaurant Power Rankings 11/10/2010

 

 

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Zagat World's Top Restaurants, Third Edition

(released 11/3/2010)

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 11/2010

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 10/2010

 

 

eHow 10/1/10

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 9/2010

 

 

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3 / 3   S T A R S

Frommer's Florida 2011

(released August 31, 2010)

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 8/2010

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 7/2010

 

 

BEST OF MIAMI 2010

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Miami New Times 6/17/2010

 

 

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 6/2010

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 5/2010

 

 

#1

NBC Feast Rank 4/2010

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

 BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1                    SPECIAL OCCASION RESTAURANTS - #2

OpenTable 4/2010

 

 

 

~ ~ NAOE ~ ~

- -                                     ~ ~ First Year Anniversary! ~ ~                                     - -

3/19/2010

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 3/2010

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 2/2010

 

 

H I G H E S T   R A T E D  -  # 1

                    

yelp 1/10/2010                      yelp 1/8/2011

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 1/2010

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 12/2009

 

 

BEST NEW RESTAURANTS 2009

Florida Trend 12/2009

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 11/2009

 

 

Food   Decor   Service   Cost
   -          -            -            M

ZAGAT America's Top Restaurants 2010

(released 10/22/2009)

 

 

10 BEST NEW RESTAURANTS

TOP 10 NEW RESTAURANTS

City & Shore Magazine October | November 2009

 

 

H I G H E S T   R A T E D  -  # 1

                                       

yelp 10/10/2009                    yelp 10/10/2010                   yelp 10/10/2011

 

 

BEST SERVICE RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 8/2009

 

 

JAPANESE GEM NAOE SPARKLES IN SUNNY ISLES BEACH

"Effusive hostess Wendy Maharlika, who worked with Cory at Siam River,

guided us through the restaurant's history with the glowing pride of a new mom."

The Miami Herald 7/16/2009

 

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANTS - #1

OpenTable 7/2009

(First month eligible)

 

 

NAOE BRINGS TOKYO TO SUNNY ISLES

"Wendy Maharlika, the other half of this two-person operation,

hosts, waits tables, and does everything else necessary,

all in a friendly and incredibly efficient manner"

Miami New Times 5/21/2009

 

 

NAOE - EXCELLENT OMAKASE IN SUNNY ISLES

"Wendy Maharlika, her business card ought to read maître d', hostess, sake sommelier, and public relations liaison."

"The Chef and Hostess were Earnest, Friendly, and Absolutely Charming."

Frodnesor / Food For Thought Miami 4/26/2009

 

 

- -                                       ~ ~ NAOE quietly opens ~ ~                                       - -

3/19/2009

 

 

     

GRAND TASTING RESTAURANT

Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2/25/2007

 

 

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