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Best sushi in South Florida?

masonuc Jun 29, 2007 06:11 AM

Unlimited budget, anywhere between (and including) Ft. Lauderdale to South Beach. Who has the absolute best sushi? A good sake list is also a plus. As is good cooked fish.

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  1. lauderdale75 RE: masonuc Jun 29, 2007 12:40 PM

    Hands down -- my recommendation would be Matsuri in the shopping center at the intersection of Red Road and Bird Road in Miami/Coral Gables.

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      OysterHo RE: lauderdale75 Jun 29, 2007 12:49 PM

      Masamune in Deerfield and Japango in Parkland.

      Japango has a really great menu with a lot of innovative dishes on it. Ask to sit in front of Kevin, the owner. He makes some killer sushi appetizers. They play funky music and it's very industrial in there.

      Masamune is a small, quiet place and they play jazz. I love their sashimi and rolls.

    2. Rimtalay RE: masonuc Jun 29, 2007 01:17 PM

      Are you looking for traditional sushi (Matsuri) or fusion (Nobu)? My new favorite is Sozo sushi in Wilton Manors (the monkfish nigiri is amazing).The restaurant only specializes in sushi, very limited on cooked food. But age tofu is very good when they have it.

      Also can't go wrong with Matsuri, but don't look for an atmosphere. However, if you decide to go to Nobu, the door opens at 6:30, not too much pretentiousness at that time!

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        masonuc RE: Rimtalay Jul 1, 2007 06:55 AM

        I am looking for traditional sushi -- just plain super-good/fresh fish. I have never been a huge Nobu fan.

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          tpigeon RE: Rimtalay Jul 1, 2007 09:30 AM

          Nobu's sushi is not even the best in south beach, let alone south florida.

        2. JonasBrand RE: masonuc Jul 1, 2007 11:28 AM

          Nobu is great (but expensive).
          Try the New Style Sashimi w/ Fluke, Spicy Rock Shrimp, and Miso Black Cod.
          Then lets talk.

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            tpigeon RE: JonasBrand Jul 1, 2007 02:49 PM

            If that comment was directed at me. I order those things every time I go there. None of those dishes are sushi.

            Btw, went a few weeks ago and I though it was not as good as usual. Not sure if it was just me being tired of the same dishes or they had a bad night or it is going a bit downhill.

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              Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jul 2, 2007 07:40 AM

              I went about a month or so ago and did the omakase and was underwhelmed. You're not alone.

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              diablita FL RE: JonasBrand Jul 1, 2007 05:56 PM

              Nobu is great (though I haven't been there in 6 months) but not for the sushi. And as tpigeon points out, the items listed above are not sushi.

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                lax2mia RE: diablita FL Jul 2, 2007 08:01 AM

                Has anyone tried the sushi counter at the Japanese market on the 79th St. causeway?

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                  Rimtalay RE: lax2mia Jul 2, 2007 09:52 AM

                  I had sushi there once. It was pretty good but I prefer tonkatsu with Japanese curry.

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                    Frodnesor RE: Rimtalay Jul 2, 2007 10:15 AM

                    Sushi Deli! When I leave work early enough to get there before they close, that's one of my favorite treats. Particularly like the Marie Roll (very flavorful spicy tuna), ceviche roll (just what it sounds like, unorthodox but tasty), and the battera roll (a traditional box-style sushi w/ mackerel).

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                      Sobe RE: Frodnesor Jul 3, 2007 02:11 PM

                      Where is Sushi Deli?

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                        Sobe RE: Sobe Jul 3, 2007 02:23 PM

                        Found it

                        Sushi Deli
                        1412 79th St Cswy
                        Miami Beach, FL
                        Located inside a little Japanese market (that’s nearly impossible to see from the road), this place has a Japanese-trained veteran sushi chef who turns out a limited selection of what insiders consider among Miami’s top sushi.

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                          fishermb RE: Sobe Jul 6, 2007 04:08 PM

                          I regularly go to Shibui and Sushi Rock in Miami (South Miami/Kendall areas), they're both consistantly very good though I probably wouldn't say the best.

                          Bond Street on Miami Beach is great, it is regularly written up as top notch, though atmosphere can be a little cramped and loud, I'd say definitely worth it.

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                            SarahOM RE: fishermb Jul 9, 2007 11:40 AM

                            Well, i know it may not be the top sushi in all of soflo, but i must confess that both Fuji Hana and Kampai in Aventura offer consistently great sushi. I might go to Fuji Hana again tonight! I probably visit them once to twice a month, sometimes even more if I don't feel like cooking ;)

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                              diablita FL RE: SarahOM Jul 15, 2007 05:53 AM

                              Sarah, for better sushi in that area, try Asaka in the Promenade shops. The restaurant isn't as nice inside, but the fish quality is excellent, and better than Fuji Hana and Kampai, although those aren't bad.

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                                SarahOM RE: diablita FL Jul 16, 2007 06:54 AM

                                Hi Diablita, I have been there before, believe it or not after a hurricane. Did not get the sushi since Aventura was half powered and half not...hehehe It was ok. ill have to go give it a shots since the time I went is def not the time to critique it. Thanks!

            3. lianas RE: masonuc Jul 11, 2007 06:37 PM

              --Matsuri has great, no - excellent traditional sushi and traditional Japanese food, but very limited sake.
              --Yakko-san in North Miami has good (not really mind blowing) Japanese food, (but I do crave the crispy oysters) and a decent sake menu and very well priced.
              --Sushi Samba on Lincoln is fusion (Peru, Brazil, Japan), but they have great quality sashimi and I'm a huge fan of their sake list. They have over 60 bottles in many sizes and price ranges.

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                Frodnesor RE: lianas Jul 11, 2007 08:40 PM

                Read from other posters recently that Matsuri is closing for the summer for remodeling.
                Yakko-San does sashimi but no nigiri or maki and I find the food (mostly Japanese "tapas"-style dishes) to be far better than just good.
                I have found Sushi Samba's sushi quality to be extremely variable. Indeed my last time there the hamachi was most definitely "off" (had it in both a ceviche and as nigiri), we told the server, and they were not the least bit concerned (and did not take it off the bill).

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                kate7047 RE: masonuc Jul 11, 2007 07:43 PM

                A place I like for sushi is a strange entry into this competition. The best sushi in my area is at Islamorada Fish Company in the gigantic Outdoor World in Dania. It is a perfectly ordinary fish house, but they hired a sushi chef a couple years ago who is first rate, and the sushi is the best around, tho the decor is wierd for sushi. The fish is absolutely fresh and very well prepared, tho I usually go for sashimi.

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                  Havok202 RE: kate7047 Jul 15, 2007 01:14 AM

                  The best sushi I have had in all of Florida has to be Daimatsu Sushi in Boca Raton. After I went to Japan last July, most of the sushi places I went to didn't seem as good. I have been to a lot of the places posted here and you could tell who uses fresh fish and who doesn't. I could say that after my trip to Japan, I have become a regular at Daimatsu and they know me by name there. The other place I occasionally go to is Tatu at the Hard Rock. They have a really limited menu and they are really over priced, but their fish seems fresh.

                2. JonasBrand RE: masonuc Jul 16, 2007 01:41 PM

                  For very good quality sushi try...

                  Sushi Blues Cafe
                  2009 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020

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                    taiga RE: JonasBrand Jul 16, 2007 03:07 PM

                    In Miami, Matsuri is where Japanese residents go. If not here, they go to Su-Shin on Aragon. For other Japanese, Yakko-san or Yuga in the Gables are both authentic.

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                      lax2mia RE: taiga Jul 24, 2007 06:18 AM

                      Yuga went downhill fast when they changed their menu to Miami-friendly sushi. Blech.

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                    miaedu RE: masonuc Jul 24, 2007 08:10 PM

                    while visiting friends in fort lauderdale i tried sozo. house and seaweed salad were good size portions. eel, salmon roe and monk fish liver sushi were very fresh. gaysha roll fell apart but da bomb roll is not too be missed. great friendly service. certainly would recommend if in the area.

                    matsuri though is still my favorite.

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                      prlcal RE: masonuc Jul 29, 2007 04:02 PM

                      If you're in Weston, try Stir Moon on Weston Road. Everything is really fresh and excellent!

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                        xoxogizel RE: masonuc Jul 29, 2007 07:38 PM

                        A great new sushi place I just went to is RED FUSION at 10855 Sunset Drive. They got me hooked! Their lobster roll is amazing. They have very fresh sashimi. The freshest I have had in ages. Its a cozy place with great ambiance. It might just be the next big sushi place around. Has anyone else been there?

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                          mrotmd RE: xoxogizel Jul 29, 2007 07:51 PM

                          The only problem with Little Japan on SR84 and 136th Avenue in davie is that the place is small and if Chowhound makes it more popular I won't be able to get a table :)... Fresh fish and friendly service

                        2. RickL RE: masonuc Aug 1, 2007 07:44 AM

                          I'm with Havok202 - My wife and I have been going to Diamatsu Sushi since they opened and always enjoy the food. The fish is top quality and impeccably fresh. We normally order sushi, sashimi, and rolls but we've also tried some of their cooked entrees. We especially like the Unaju (barbecued fresh water eel.) http://www.daimatsu-sushi.com/index.html

                          Based on OysterHo's recommendation below we tried Masamune last night and it's very good. They have a great assortment of well prepared rolls and their prices are moderate for good-quality sushi in this area.

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                            OysterHo RE: RickL Aug 1, 2007 04:10 PM

                            I'm glad you liked it! Did you tell them OysterHo sent you? LOL

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                            mom2mateo RE: masonuc Aug 3, 2007 10:49 AM

                            Matsuri is closed! It is boarded up and has a sign in English and Japanese that they are renovating and will open in September but I am not optimistic. Matsuri was the best sushi restaurant in South Dade. Will it reopen? Will it reopen in the same location? Will it be much more expensive if it reopens? Anyone know?

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                              lax2mia RE: mom2mateo Aug 3, 2007 10:56 AM

                              They've been talking about the renovation for a while. They tried to do it last year but something happened with the permits I believe. I'm sure it's going to open again.

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                                taiga RE: lax2mia Aug 7, 2007 12:41 PM

                                From my Japanese colleagues, it is a definite intention.

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                                  LAandMiami RE: taiga Oct 28, 2007 03:08 PM

                                  what is the work now from you Japanese colleagues. someone should contact Masa directly!

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                              Gablescooks RE: masonuc Oct 28, 2007 05:49 PM

                              In Coral gables, off miracle mile, across from the entrance to the colonade hotel is a small restaurant called Izkaya. It has really great food and is small, so the service is superb. It does get crowded later in the evening, but it was the best Sashimi I have had in Miami and it was great to have the waiter make suggestions from the Japanses only menu so that every time we go we get to experience something new

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                                miamimike RE: Gablescooks Oct 28, 2007 09:03 PM

                                This place is disgusting. The cleanliness is questionable, sushi isn't that good at all, and have had numerous bad experiences there. Maybe if you live in the area it's not terrible to check out, but it is by no means or even close to the best sushi in Florida, better yet Coral Gables.

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                                  Frodnesor RE: miamimike Oct 28, 2007 09:35 PM

                                  I eat there often for lunch and have pretty consistently had good experiences. Never had any issue as to cleanliness of the place and generally find their sushi to be decent +, and also they have a nice selection of interesting cooked dishes and several blackboard specials. I sure don't know of anyplace better in the Gables. Where do you think is better in Gables or otherwise?

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                                    miamimike RE: Frodnesor Oct 29, 2007 01:04 PM

                                    I prefer Akashi, Sushi Rock of Suniland

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                                      LAandMiami RE: miamimike Oct 30, 2007 03:24 PM

                                      sushi rock is terrible, i literally walked out after have one roll. Akashi is good for rolls, not sashimi.

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                                        taiga RE: LAandMiami Oct 30, 2007 05:52 PM

                                        Izikaya is also called Su-Shin. It is Japanese owned and operated, with much of the help Japanese, and with Japanese cooks and many Japanese clients. If they read what miamimike wrote up above questioning the cleanliness and calling it disgusting, they would be driven to a level of shame that would humiliate them. Having eaten there many times and having lived for many years in Japan, I would suggest that this restaurant is quite authentic. in fact, along with Matsuri (before its renovations) it is one of the few go-to places for Japanese in Miami. Given the stereotypical Japanese attention to detail, desire to succeed, and interest in quality ingredients, I would venture that miamimike's experience was a sort of aberration. I might also shudder to imagine that any Japanese reading his post might be inclined to wonder if he were a, as they used to say in the old days, barbarian.

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                                          Auger RE: LAandMiami Oct 30, 2007 08:21 PM

                                          I agree Sushi Rock is terrible, I was in the area and decided to try it out. I had a spicy tuna salad, tuna tataki, and some saba nigiri to go. Threw out the tuna salad and tataki.

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                                  KeysFoodie RE: masonuc Dec 16, 2007 08:04 AM

                                  Head South to Islamorada, Fl. There is Kaiyo Restaurant. Very nice Sake/Wine list....not the same humdrum options. Great sushi bar, nice selection of cooked local fish as well as sashimi. We had cobia and hogfish there this weekend. They always have something unusual..

                                  In Key Largo we go to Sushi Nami...a little plain but the fish is fresh. Nice sushi chefs.

                                  Eat well

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                                    pringle347 RE: masonuc Dec 16, 2007 05:03 PM

                                    Nu Sushi in Coral Springs, and Sushi Yoshi in Boca Raton!

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                                      zEli173 RE: masonuc Jan 13, 2008 10:18 AM

                                      Is there anywhere in South Florida that actually serves authentic and noteworthy sushi. I am speaking of a sushi bar where one would sit at the bar, order omakase, and receive (hopefully one piece at a time) traditional pieces of nigiri. The sushi should be composed of expertly prepared rice and properly sliced fish. And the fish should be of a quality that actually demonstrate the exquisite and nuanced range of flavors and textures that the sea has to offer.

                                      This is not meant to offend anyone's preferences, but the Japanese restaurants in South Florida that I am aware of, and the ones discussed here, do not (to my knowledge) offer a serious traditional sushi program. To be sure, there is a place in the world for American style creative maki rolls, jumbo slices of 'very fresh' fish, and other new age sushi, but that is not my cup of tea.

                                      Perhaps Sozo is the place? The brief descriptions in this thread give me some tempered hope.

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                                        mikek RE: zEli173 Jan 13, 2008 10:36 AM

                                        Perhaps Matsuri fits the bill for that.

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                                          eatnbmerry RE: mikek Jan 13, 2008 11:32 AM

                                          I would second based solely on my initial visit but am not ready to rec omakase just yet because that is very chef specific and I don't know them enough, not that I will not Trust them later though. To be honest, I don't even know if they do an omakase (my guess would be yes)? I have asked on the Matsuri board about that and price but haven't gotten an answer.

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                                            zEli173 RE: eatnbmerry Jan 13, 2008 12:10 PM

                                            I am seriously skeptical that a place which features Banzai, Crunch Hop Hop, and X Rolls is also serving first rate selections of items such as Uni, Halfbeak, and Shira Ebi. Those are totally distinct realms which I've never seem coexist at any other sushi bar. Can you please detail why I could expect otherwise?

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                                              eatnbmerry RE: zEli173 Jan 13, 2008 12:21 PM

                                              I think my post was pretty clear. BTW, funny you mention that dang hip hop roll, if you want to read more about my intitial visit here is the post:


                                              Let me also say that I like to start any sushi place with the "basics" (maguro, hamachi, unagi, etc) figuring if they can do that well then worth another visit and if they can't, oh well, they join the ranks of so many others. In my book, Matsuri definitely earned return visit(s). As to omakase, re-read my previous post.

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                                                taiga RE: zEli173 Jan 14, 2008 07:34 AM

                                                I haven't been to the newly reopened Matsuri, but I go to Izekaya (Su-Shin) in the Gables. Both of these have been Japanese owned and run with Japanese cooks and sushi chefs. Although I don't know the up to the minute changes, these are two of the go to places for Japanese people. I do however go back and forth to Japan, and originally, I was a bit surprised when my friends took me to kaiten sushi-ya with several American style offerings. To make a long story short, the movements which occur with food here -- the borrowing, changing, modifying, and upgrading -- are also going on there. As a result, except for the most tried and true traditions, changes are becoming more normal. That said, Matsuri always had a sense of humor in its specials. Do any of you remember their George Bush 3:00 AM special maguro appetizer?

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                                                  mikek RE: zEli173 Jan 14, 2008 10:09 AM

                                                  Many of those rolls are new and did not exist prior to the renovation. I am a big tuna eater, and their tuna is always a perfect deep maroon color, their toro is always buttery and delicious, the fish is fresh and the fact that it is routinely filled with Japanese eaters (and in fact has a separate Japanese menu) would lead me to that conclusion. Do a search for matsuri on this board and read the reviews. They have the hamachi cheek and many other specialties. The fish is always fresh and of quality that I would be happy to receive at the most expensive sushi restaurants.

                                          2. eatnbmerry RE: masonuc Jan 25, 2008 08:44 PM

                                            Akashi on US 1 next to Sunset Place mall has always been a solid place for sushi and I have always liked their rolls in particular. A casual place, albeit dark room, with friendly service and decent prices. Not bad at all, although definitely not in Matsuri's class, but then I haven't found any down here that are so far. BTW, for those of us who frequently eat maguro sushi you may want to read the link below.


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                                              curlscj RE: eatnbmerry Feb 18, 2009 06:18 AM

                                              Although I have yet to find any restaurants in South Florida that offer the variety or freshness as my favorite sushi restaurants in Los Angeles - Su-Shin Izakaya in Coral Gables & Matsuri in South Miami are our favorite sushi restaurants here.

                                              I've only been to Nobu on South Beach once, and we also had a wonderful meal there (chef's choice). Sorry, I have to disagree with eatnbmerry - I don't like Akashi at all.

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                                                FoodDude2 RE: curlscj Feb 18, 2009 06:25 AM

                                                I also agree with curlscj, re: Akashi. Went there once last January and while it is OK, it is not in the same league as Matsuri. Haven't been to Su-Shin yet though. I haven't actually tried it yet, but I would also assume the sashimi at Hiro's is top notch as well.

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