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It's been a while...

Please feel free to add your favorites FLA. Here go a few of mine.

1. Toni's South Beach(1st on the beach-not necessarily the best but still solid!)

2. NOBU South Beach (you got to give chef his props, partner Dinero lends much cred)

3. Tuff call...what do you think FLA???

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  1. There is a small little place in Key West called Ambrosia and its the best sushi I have found anywhere.

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    1. re: Suzie

      Kiku on Clearwater Beach is our favorite spot by far. Their eel sauce is the best I've ever had--and I've eaten a lot of eel over the years.

      1. re: Suzie

        I've been to Ambrosia--Great ambiance, service, and most importantly sushi!!

      2. Bond St. serves better sushi than both Toni and Nobu. That is not saying much. I would never get sushi at nobu as their cooked dishes are far superior. None of the restaurants you mentioned deserve to be top 3 sushi places in miami, let alone florida.

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        1. re: tpigeon

          These are simply "MY" TOPS at 1:53am TP... please feel free to offer up yours. I throw mine out there just to get the thread going, you should know the drill by now, just like I know you'll be first in line to opine how bad my TOP 3 errrr 2 were. :-)

          And I will say this, the Wahoo I had last night at Toni's was second to none.

          As for Bond St...well let's just say, I haven't been yet and therefore couldn't include it in my quick wee-hour list. I hope to try it soon and report back. Thanks for the tip!

          I' m really hoping to find some decent gems on this post and as such I will offer up this one, which escaped me late last night:

          Sushi Deli in North Bay Village

        2. In an effort to come up with a better answer to this, we tried Bond St. for the first itme tonight. Here's the report ->


          Net - nice call on Sushi Deli.
          TP - quit being such a neg-bag, name your top 3!

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          1. re: Frodnesor

            I have not tried the best places across the pond. I suspect that if I did, my top 3 would change. Only the old shoji was worth mentioning to me as a destination place in sobe. Bond St., while good is nothing I would go out of my way for, but is the current champ in sobe. Therefore, no top 3 for me :).

              1. re: lax2mia

                I hear you lax! We had SHoji delivered the other night and none of the sushi glistened freshly. Dull fish is well...dull fish! The shinier the fresher, none of ours shined by sight or by taste! It is a crying shame he let that place go down so significantly in quality.

                I have heard great things about a place called Sake on Sheridan St. up in Hollywood, anyone care to opine? My source says the presentation and quality are second to none and he lived in Japan for years!

                It will be tuff to pass on Sonny's Steak sammies(very close by), but I think I just may have to!

                As for Sushi Deli in NBV, that place is the real deal for sure. I aboslutely love it! Lunch only. Please don't tell anyone!!!

          2. Japango - Parkland
            Blue Fin - Parkland
            Masamune - Deerfield Beach

            1. I can't speak for all FLA but in the Boca-Delray-Deerfield area:

              1. Diamatsu Sushi
              2. Blue Fin
              3. (tie) Fah and Masamune

              1. in tallahassee i really like jasmines. in melbourne siam orchid

                1. Is there no love for Sushi Samba in South Beach? I have eaten there a couple times and it seemed solid...Shoji was the bomb and it's very unfortunate it bombed! Still open, but after Shin left town, the quality went down.

                  I was at a place not long ago on Biscayne and 140 something, in the same plaza as the NY Big Apple Deli, I want to say Timpango? Has anyone been? The chef/owner is definately Japanese...could it be named Japango...sorry I am having a brain fart here!

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                  1. re: netmover

                    Zepang or Zipeng was the name of the place I was referring to in NMB...has anyone tried it? The owner/sushi chef is definately from Nippon aka Japon aka Japan.

                    1. re: netmover

                      I have no particular love for Sushi Samba. Overpriced and inconsistent quality (to be generous - some of the fish I've been served there simply should not have been served).
                      The place you're thinking of in North Miami I think is called Zipang. I have easily driven by a hundred times and never thought to go in. How was it?

                      1. re: Frodnesor

                        We actually went in once. It's very dreary. The menu we were given had nothing that jumped out. One plus is that I saw nothing with cream cheese in it. We felt a little uneasy and left. I'm hoping we made the wrong decision but I know of no one who's taken the plunge.

                        1. re: lax2mia

                          It's almost impossible to have a good sushi place if it isn't busy. When you're dealing with product that has to be perfectly fresh to be good, you simply can't do that if you're not turning your food inventory over quickly. Since I've never seen many cars outside this place, I've always been wary.

                  2. Number 1 is an easy answer, Matsuri and I cannot wait until it reopens. Japango in parkland is very good as well. Shibui in South Miami is pretty good as well.

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                    1. re: mikek

                      Went to Japango in Parkland last Friday night for dinner. While we enjoyed the rolls (one was a Japango Cali, can't remember the other...but they were both good), the trendiness (we crave a little bit of that out here in the 'burbs), and the great service, the sashimi platter was just OK...fresh enough but we've been spoiled by another place in the neighborhood...Sakura Sushi on University in Coral Springs. Simple place, been there forever, well known in CS, we like to eat in the closet with the sliding door (tatami room but we like to call it the closet)...the sashimi is always impeccably fresh and more delicious than any other we've ever had.

                      1. re: mikek

                        Add me to the list of Matsuri = #1. In fact, I'm gonna head there right now!

                        1. re: eatnbmerry

                          Sure enough, Matsuri continues to be at the top of the list for sushi.

                          Had some delicately buttery, melt in your mouth, blue fin o-toro sushi for lunch today. I let the fish linger on my tongue as it slowly became one with my tastebuds (if it sounds orgasmic it was really that good).

                          The hamachi was also deliciously rich and and as fresh as ever, while the unagi was so moist and tender it almost does a "japanese style vulcan mouth meld" when you take it in.

                          I also tried some madai (Japanese red snapper) which had a sweetness that left you wanting much more. BTW, the madai is not to be confused with our local snapper and be forewarned that some sushi places have been known to subsitute the much cheaper tilapia.

                          Their menu is quite extensive and has a wide variety of cooked items as well but since this is sushi only will stick to that. Suffuce it to say, that they would rank right up there in any "Best Japanese of Fla" thread as well.

                          If you are within driving distance (and at least to this hound that could even mean a special trip from well beyond the SoFla corridor) and truly love sushi, you will not be disappointed in the least.

                      2. Tokyo Sushi in Fort Lauderdale
                        Matsuri in Coral Gables

                        Everything else on the beach like Toni's and Nobu are not authentic...just ridiculously expensive!

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                        1. re: kushbaby

                          I am not sure how you can say NOBU and Toni's are "not authentic"? How do you figure? Maybe too much kush? Both NOBU and Toni are from Japan as far as I know. Expensive yes, authentic yes, certainly as much as any other sushi joint here in the usa...almost all the places on sobe are overpriced...it's the riviera land they sit on.

                          1. re: kushbaby

                            Nobu is taking it to another level of "authenticity". Perhaps you meant that he is not "standard traditional". As Net says, he is from Nippon and his technique is very much so. However, like any great chef, he is not afraid to experiment and CREATE.

                          2. Makino Japanese buffet on University Drive- 5200 N. University Dr.
                            In west Broward County. Very good food all around. Lunch is a great price - $9.50 including tax
                            Some Chinese and Japanese selections at the hot buffet table

                            1. It's been a year and 5 months since I created this post and I thinks it's now time I revealed my #3 pick: SUSHI DELI North Bay Village, FLA

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                              1. re: netmover

                                Net, you did on 11/3/07 and again on 12/22/07

                              2. A couple of months ago while visiting Yogurt Emporium in Boca we came across Rise Asian Cuisine a few doors down and tried it the next weekend. We are now regulars! It is off 18th between Powerline & Military and is probably the best sushi we have ever had. The sushi chef and owner came from Japango with his wife who was a waitress there and they have set up a top notch establishment. The bluefin tuna is my husband's favorite and is always fresh. They are very accomodating, will make you things not even on the menu and if you go this weekend you will see us there!

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                                1. re: StephSky

                                  Steph, are you saying that Kevin and his wife are there now? Or did Kevin open up another restaurant in addition to Japango? Or is this owner formerly a chef from Japango?

                                  Japango is my favorite sushi place, but now that I live in Boca and not Coconut Creek I don't get to go there very often.

                                  1. re: OysterHo

                                    Kevin is still with Japango and is opening another location in Boca... this is the old sushi chef and his wife, Mike and Vivian Tsang. Vivian was also a waitress at Japango. In my opinion this place is much fresher and it is not as much of a scene. Try it and let me know what you think!

                                    1. re: StephSky

                                      Thank you, I definitely will. :) I'm also glad to hear that Kevin's opening a place in Boca!

                                      1. re: OysterHo

                                        OysterHo - I just saw this place yesterday. There's a Japango in the Regency Court plaza (the big Publix plaza on the northwest corner of Yamato and Powerline.

                                        1. re: RickL

                                          Awesome, thank you!! Could you tell if was it open or under construction?

                                          Wish I had a job so I could go now LOL

                                          1. re: OysterHo

                                            We were driving through the parking lot so I couldn't say if it was open but it didn't look like it was under construction.

                                2. Sushi JO in boynton. super fresh,clean, friendly and nice atmosphere. unique menu.


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                                  1. re: theresheblowws

                                    I could not disagree with you more! Clean, friendly and nice atmosphere; yes. Super fresh and unique menu; absolutely not. Not that their fish is not fresh, I just wouldn't go as far as SUPER fresh and their sushi offerings with the exception of some americanized rolls w/ fruit, they're all just slight variations from one another. Don't get me started on every roll having cream cheese either...

                                    1. re: ash0529

                                      Oops! I meant Sushi Simon...also in Boynton. Simon used to work at Sushi JO.

                                  2. Wasabi has fresh and shiny sushi and sashimi. :-)

                                    The restaurant has 2 locations in Pembroke Pines (Southern Broward County). One is SE corner of Pines Blvd.and Palm Ave; the other in the Westfork Plaza just west of I-75 on Pines Blvd. (north side). Both locations have very delightful atmosphere and the sushi is excellent. Very fresh and lovingly handled.

                                    #2: Tee-jays Sushi-Thai in Coral Springs

                                    1. 1. Sakura in Coral Gables
                                      2. Akashi by Sunset Place in S. Miami
                                      3. Doraku on Lincoln Road

                                      1. I stumbled upon a little place, "Mike's Sushi & Sake Bar" on US Hwy 19 in Palm Harbor. Best sushi I've ever had in my life, bar none. Not even my fave places in NY can top this guy. He came out of retirement to open this place a couple of months ago, and it's like old home week. Everyone who comes in receives a welcoming roar from the crowd, as all the "regulars" have been following Mike for 20 years.

                                        He's got the freshest sushi and the most original dishes. Most of the best stuff isn't even on the menu. You just sit at the sushi bar and watch what the regulars are getting. People pass tastes of stuff up and down the sushi bar, you make friends instantly with the people on either side of you. Mike is constantly handing out little plates of tastes of whatever he's cooked up that day, one day incredible marinated mushrooms, the next day a little bite of herring with a wonderful vinegar sauce.

                                        Their sake menu was a whole new experience for me. I knew of hot sake; then mmmm much better cold sake; then a choice of filtered or unfiltered. Then some sweet flavored sakes, green apple or lychee. But Mike's got a an entire wine list, all different kinds. Now I love my sake as much as I love my sushi.

                                        And all the while, the most incredible blues are playing nonstop. Mike loves the blues and gets so animated in a lively discussion of the best guitarists, the best concerts, the best singers.

                                        This is my favorite place. I'm getting ready to move back up to NY and I must say it will be hard to leave Mike's. I might have to come down every couple of months to visit and get my sushi and sake fix.

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                                        1. re: Manderley

                                          If you want the only Sushi Bar where you actually get your money's worth, and with great quality fish, go to PEKING TOKYO in Coral Springs. Rocky and David (the chefs) know what they;re doing and what YOU want in a meal. It is the only Sushi bar where you can spend little and leave FULL.

                                          1. re: sksmackdown

                                            have you ever had dinner at the Shinju Japanese buffet ? It's in the Publix shopping center at Ramblewood and University. It is so close to me, I thought I'd check it out, but I'd be interested in knowing if it is any good . Thanks!

                                        2. A friend of mine has been taking me out for Omekase at Sushi Ko on Bird & the Palmetto in Miami. This 9 course meal extravaganza has been worth the trek to Kendall.

                                          1. Had some excellent sushi at China Grill tonight! White Tuna Tataki...+crunchy salmon +?, Top quality and a nIIIce SOBE HAPPY HOUR.

                                            1. Sushi Ko Bird Road & the Palmetto Miami, FLA Ask Chef Shinji for the Omakase "leave it up to the chef" 8 courses later U will overstand!

                                              1. Any opinions on Doraku? Happy Hour picks or Signature dishes?