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Japanese food, not sushi, in Miami?

Anyone have any good recos for a great Japanese restaurant that serves Japanese food, not just sushi?

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  1. Most people really enjoy Hiro's Yakko San, and I'm not sure they even have a single roll on the menu. Curried Pork chop is very popular, among many others.

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    1. re: Icantread

      Oh fantastic! Nary a sushi roll? Perfect. So sick of sushi. Hiro's Yakko San is in North Miami Beach, right?

      1. re: HabaneroJane

        Not quite, see below. Now, they do have some raw fish dishes, but a lot of cooked Japanese food you cannot find anywhere else in S. Fla, except maybe some overlap in Su-shin izakaya

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        Hiro's Yakko-San
        3881 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

    2. I recommend Yuga in Coral Gables, I haven't been back in a while, but they featured a really interesting and refined selection of non-sushi offerings.

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      1. re: juanlb

        Man I miss the (really) old Yuga! They had a great, unique menu when they first opened then dumbed it down tremendously to their current offerings. I remember asking the hostess what happened and she just shrugged and smiled.

        1. re: juanlb

          I would say, their Su-shin is more unique right now than Yuga, not that I'm a huge fan necessarily. Yuga's rolls are quite good, but they're catering to a very general crowd.

        2. Hiro's Yakko San in North Miami Beach
          http://yakko-san.com/
          Lots more info in this thread ->
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/350490

          Su Shin Izakaya in Coral Gables
          http://www.izakayarestaurant.com/

          Both have a number of izakaya or tapas-style small plates.
          It is true that Yakko-San does not have any maki (rolls) or nigiri (fish on rice ball); they do serve sashimi and onigiri (a big stuffed rice ball wrapped with nori).

          There are several other places that have menus that feature more than just sushi and/or "new style" sushi and sashimi dishes -
          Matsuri - Gables/ South Miami
          http://southflorida.menupages.com/res...
          Nobu - Miami Beach
          http://www.noburestaurants.com/miamib...
          Oishi - North Miami Beach
          http://www.oishithai.com/
          (while I'm usually wary of Thai / Sushi places, the chef at Oishi did some time at Nobu and brought some of the dishes with him).

          www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

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          Nobu Miami Beach
          1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

          Izkaya Japanese Restaurant
          159 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

          Oishi Thai
          14841 Biscayne Blvd North, Miami, FL

          Matsuri Japanese Restaurant
          5759 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

          Hiro's Yakko-San
          3881 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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            1. re: Frodnesor

              ps: just read the Hiro's V-Day dinner post on your blog.....excellent report. thanks. must try it!

              1. re: Frodnesor

                I want to say that I just signed up to compliment you on an extremely fine review of Nobu... I do however still want to try when I can get down there. Maybe when my Mom is in town ill take her because it is still a special place. But Kudos to you for a complete and genuine depiction of your experience. Much appreciated!

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                Nobu Miami
                Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

              2. I love and make and eat sushi. But I love and make and eat more non-sushi Japanese food. That you're seeking out the latter, no matter where you are, makes me smile.