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Great sushi in Ft. Lauderdale/South Florida (not Miami)?

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masonuc Aug 1, 2008 02:35 AM

Looking for great sushi in Ft. Lauderdale or anywhere in south florida that isn't South Beach-area (don't want to deal with crowds/driving from Sunny Isles). Price is not an issue. What's the best sushi restaraunt in the area described? Good sake list is a big plus, but mostly I want great, fresh fish.

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  1. lauderdale75 RE: masonuc Aug 1, 2008 06:20 AM

    I know you want to avoid Miami Beach, but I think most here would agree that Matsuri, located in South Miami, would perfectly fit your needs.

    1. butrfli1227 RE: masonuc Aug 1, 2008 06:51 AM

      The freshest sushi I have found is Sozo Sushi, in Wilton Manors. It really is the best down here. But it's very tiny...2 tables outside or you can sit at the sushi bar inside.

      1. Munchkin RE: masonuc Aug 1, 2008 08:12 AM

        Coco Asian Bistro

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          Sobe4u RE: masonuc Aug 3, 2008 12:47 PM

          China Grill has very good Sushi, you can either sit at the Sushi bar or a table... and tons of Sake.

          1. Blind Mind RE: masonuc Aug 3, 2008 11:13 PM

            Matsuri is phenomenal but maybe too far for you. I really liked Lemongrass in Delray Beach too.

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              alanhotatl RE: masonuc Aug 4, 2008 03:06 PM

              If you don't mind a smaller place without a scene, then Sozo in WIlton Manors is consistently ranked as the best sushi in town. The quality is amazing, the staff and the sake list (including those great milky ones) is great.

              For a better scene in FLL, China Grill. After that, head to Miami. Matsuri is great and pricy, but a good scene. So is Nobu. But Sushi Rock has been around for 15 years and is also excellent in Miami Beach.

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                alanhotatl RE: masonuc Aug 4, 2008 03:09 PM

                Sozo is hands down the best small sushi place I've visited in Fort Lauderdale, actually located in Wilton Manors. Won best of Creative Loafing for the last two years and really deserved it. Very small and not a scene.

                Lemongrass is hands-down the best Thai (knocking Galanga WAY down - try the Monster Lobster) and the second best sushi.

                China Grill is also great and more of a scene.

                In Miami, your choices are Nobu, Matsuri, and Sushi Rock on SOBE.

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                  alanhotatl RE: masonuc Aug 4, 2008 03:11 PM

                  Sozo is hands down the best small sushi place I've visited in Fort Lauderdale, actually located in Wilton Manors. Won best of Creative Loafing for the last two years and really deserved it. Very small and not a scene.

                  Lemongrass is hands-down the best Thai (knocking Galanga WAY down - try the Monster Lobster) and the second best sushi.

                  China Grill is also great and more of a scene.

                  In Miami, your choices are Nobu, Matsuri, and Sushi Rock on SOBE

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                    chefschickie RE: alanhotatl Aug 27, 2008 09:13 PM

                    I know not a Sushi rec but I think for Thai Chaiyo is better than Lemongrass.. maybe not as hip and trendy but good food!

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                    masonuc RE: masonuc Aug 13, 2008 02:01 PM

                    FYI, I needed an answer by Aug 2 and ended up picking Sushi House in North Miami Beach. Wasn't bad at all -- I quite liked it. I've had much better, for sure -- and probably Matsuri and Nobu are better, but anything in Miami or South Beach was out. Basically had to be a 15 minute or less drive from Sunny Isles Beach.

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                      The Chowfather AKA sobe RE: masonuc Aug 13, 2008 02:16 PM

                      I skipped this post b/c I assumed you were looking for Ft. Lauderdale. Sushi House is good but I would have also recommended Oishi Thai in North Miami. Next time

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                        masonuc RE: The Chowfather AKA sobe Aug 27, 2008 06:56 PM

                        Have been to Oishi Thai but it was about a year ago -- my mom loves it. That was suggested but my recollection was that the sushi was good but not great. Honestly with the time lag I can't remember which place I prefer, but I would probably lean slightly towards Sushi House. But I am certain to give Oishi Thai a run or two next fall/winter and will reevaluate.

                        Perhaps I need a lesson in South Florida geography but generally it is the preference of my parents to go anyplace between Ft. Lauderdale and North Miami (inclusive). Anything beyond that involves traffic and more time, as does heading into Miami proper. I will convince them to go to SOBE at least once per trip (I am in love with Prime 112 and the sweet potato mash) but on the particular night I had agreed to stay outside of the forbidden zone.

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                      Raboi RE: masonuc Aug 13, 2008 02:03 PM

                      Japango in Parkland is well liked but really more trendy than substance in my opinion...

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                        truffled RE: masonuc Sep 7, 2008 01:21 PM

                        You do not need to travel very far at all. Hiro's Yakko-San
                        17040 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach FL 33160 TEL: 305-947-0064

                        Amazing fish, authentic other dishes, off the beaten path, but an incredible find. I was there last night. They are open til 2-3 am. Enjoy

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                          Frodnesor RE: truffled Sep 7, 2008 04:28 PM

                          Except that Yakko-San does not do what most people think of as "sushi", i.e., nigiri (fish over rice) and maki (rolls). They do have very good sashimi and the other joys available there have been discussed extensively, i.e. ->
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/350490

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                            truffled RE: Frodnesor Sep 9, 2008 09:12 PM

                            Granted, but since I primarily eat sashimi, it did not even cross my mind. OTOH, if people are listing South Beach places, then Toni's would get my vote.

                        2. tarepanda RE: masonuc Sep 12, 2008 02:55 PM

                          I've tried Marumi a few months ago and it's authentic Japanese food.

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                            Frodnesor RE: tarepanda Sep 12, 2008 07:44 PM

                            Whereabouts is Marumi?

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                              miaedu RE: Frodnesor Sep 12, 2008 08:47 PM

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/545208

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                              Raboi RE: tarepanda Jun 22, 2009 07:55 PM

                              been there three times in the last 2-3 months. excellent sushi. not a trendy loud place but real substance and a kitchen that focuses on the food.

                            3. h2Bn RE: masonuc Jun 22, 2009 03:09 PM

                              TeeJay's in a strip mall on University Drive and Royal Palm in Coral Springs. It is one of thoseThai/Sushi places, but both sides of the menu are excellent. Fresh, fresh great tasting food and wonderful service.

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                                Raboi RE: masonuc Jun 22, 2009 07:56 PM

                                Check out my review on Soba in Mizner Park. Sushi and Peruvian. Great Martinis. One of my favorites in SE florida these days.

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                                  masonuc RE: masonuc Jul 15, 2009 07:31 AM

                                  A year later. Have tried Hiro's but menu was weird. A few other places we stumbled across were pretty lousy. As I said, Sushi House was okay. The best by far was Oishi Thai which renovated last year and increased sushi menu. However the prices are out of control. Probably as expensive as very high end NYC sushi, but not nearly as good. Not a big deal since I am usually not paying but if I was, I'd be quite shocked. The rest of the menu is quite reasonable and tasty, but their sushi is very, very expensive -- good but overpriced.

                                  Really want to try Matsuri.

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