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Mar 24, 2011 08:31 PM

Yakko San N. Miami Beach Grand Re-Opening

We accidentally stumbled onto the grand opening of the new location - we've been away and I thought they'd moved already. We only ordered a handful of dishes ( had conservative teen-ager in tow; he found the octopus in the pancakes that I thought I could sneak into him ) and what we had was up to the old standards thank goodness, although there weren't the specials we looked forward to, but it was the first day, so I think they wanted to keep it simple.
That said, it's a very different experience. I congratulate them on the new digs; it's lavish compared with the old West Dixie place, and quite big. Long L shaped counter seating, full bar. The staff ( big staff ) was amazingly organized for an opening day, and very excited. They had drummers outside to celebrate. The place was packed. All good for them. I wish them the best. I just can't help feeling a little nostalgic for the old location; it had a charm and spirit that I will miss. Oh well; life is change. sigh.

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  1. Yeah but I bet parking was much easier. I heard they are doing sushi now. Did you try the sushi?

    1. The new space is great! I was there last night too, unaware it was opening night until the place got packed and the drummers started banging away outside. There is a cocktail bar with about 12-15 seats and then a HUGE sushi bar with about 20 or so seats further back. The menu is exactly the same as the old location with the addition of a full sushi menu. I didn't try the sushi but Chowfather did and said it was good. I had scallops/asparagus/shittake and some gyoza and then later the awesome triggerfish jerky, some crispy chicken gizzards, and my favorite - takoyaki ( Everything was terrific. Hiro-san was really happy. The place was packed and service was solid. Parking was a breeze. Looking forward to more stops at this location and wishing them best of luck!

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      1. re: Blind Mind

        Very happy about their move and successful reopening - but I'm a little disappointed to hear about the addition of the full sushi menu. I understand why, but I suspect its absence tended to keep out the yahoos. We'll get there this weekend.

        1. re: Frodnesor

          That is exactly what I was thinking while setting there. The sushi menu is available for lunch as is a limited appetizer and noodle menu. Full menu is available from 3pm on. I tried the sushi out of curiosity and it was good but nothing special. Not in same league as Naoe or Sushi Deli at least not last night and not the Yakko 11 I had

          1. re: The Chowfather

            HIro was never great, not sure why Yakko would be at sushi. Glad to hear there other dishes remain great. Hope they bring back the specials soon.

      2. I was there on opening night as well, also just by coincidence, not for the opening itself. The food was definitely consistent, but I also missed the special menu (no crispy fish and onion salad, but a crispy pork and onion salad on the regular menu. Is that new? Maybe I just never noticed it.)

        I have to say, I really don't like the new space at all. Maybe I just miss the unassuming, smaller space, but the new restaurant now just feels like all those other too-shiny, too-loud, too-many-flat-screen-TVs sushi-Thai restaurants in Miami. Maybe I'm being too critical. I suppose I'll adjust, but I'm already less excited about eating there.

        1. I'm confused none of the posts gave a location this Friday I had a forgettable dinner ,nothing fresh ,tasty nor very Japanese ,probably
          Ly because save the sushi bar three were no Asians cooking,Iasked the waiter how long have they been at this place he said a year was I in the wrong Hiro ,this was on the 162 ST causeWay this place was a total disappointment

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          1. re: abigjudge

            There is "Hiro's Yakko-San," and there is also a restaurant close by called "Hiro". They are not affiliated. Just to be absolutely clear ->

            1 - The restaurant you visited is not Hiro's Yakko-San.

            2 - The street address for Hiro's Yakko-San is listed as 3881 NE 163rd St. Causeway. It's in the Intracoastal Mall, which is the last strip mall you see on the east end of the causeway before you hit the bridge. It has a movie theater on its west end, and the Intracoastal on its east end. Yakko-San is located on the long east-west stretch of the mall, right next to Old Navy.

            3 - "Hiro" is located further west on the Causeway, its street address is 3007 NE 163rd St.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Thank you I have been so upset and bewildered that Hiro yak went so quickly down hill, it was like losing a .good friend

          2. I'm very appreciative that you all posted about the move. I went to the original location as part of an anniversary trip years ago, and are back in town for a few days. I learned about it originally from Chowhound, and know I can rely on this board for great recommendations! We went to the new location yesterday and had the best seaweed salad I've ever had. The service was quite absent...the servers milled around but ignored patrons, but the food did not disappoint.