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Japanese food, not sushi, in Miami?

HabaneroJane Feb 24, 2009 10:24 AM

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

  1. Sam Fujisaka Feb 24, 2009 01:10 PM

    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.

    1. Frodnesor Feb 24, 2009 01:03 PM

      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/restaurantdetails?restaurantid=43972
      Nobu - Miami Beach
      http://www.noburestaurants.com/miamibeach/index.html
      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
        HabaneroJane Feb 24, 2009 01:07 PM

        rock on! thanks for that

        1. re: Frodnesor
          HabaneroJane Feb 24, 2009 01:11 PM

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

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            BrianSchneiderman Jan 7, 2011 05:53 PM

            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

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            juanlb Feb 24, 2009 12:01 PM

            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
              lax2mia Feb 24, 2009 12:16 PM

              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
                Icantread Feb 24, 2009 12:20 PM

                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. Icantread Feb 24, 2009 10:32 AM

                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
                  HabaneroJane Feb 24, 2009 10:38 AM

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

                  1. re: HabaneroJane
                    Icantread Feb 24, 2009 10:53 AM

                    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

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