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Hiro's Yakko-San or Michael's Genuine?

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My first Chowhound post, although I've been reading and appreciating these boards for years.

We'll be in Miami for one night (a Saturday) and as of now I have a reservation at Michael's Genuine. After reading more reviews, I'm now tempted to cancel that and take my family of four (2 children in their 20's) to Yakko-San instead. We are big fans of good Japanese food and the prices are very appealing.

I realize they are two very different types of restaurants, but I thought I'd ask for recent opinions comparing the general, overall experience, and if there are strong feelings about choosing one over the other with only one night in Miami.

Also, just saw on the site for Joe's Stone Crab that the take-away is closed for the season. Bummer, because I was hoping to pick some up to have a nice beach lunch.

Thanks for any input.

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Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Hiro's Yakko-San
17044 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33160

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  1. I had brunch today at MGFD and fell in love. I live in Boca so it's so far away but I cannot wait to go back there for dinner or even brunch again. Why not go to Hiro's Saturday night and MGFD for Sunday brunch?

    We had bloody mary's, passion fruit soda, duck rillete, pork belly eggs benedict, shrimp and grits, and smoked fish dip. Everything was excellent and so was the service.

    1. Yakko-san, while great for Miami, you may have better izakayas where you're from. If you're leaning against Michael's, I'd try somewhere else unique to Miami before Yakko-san (the vibe at Sugarcane would be ideal for the 20 year olds). As an aside, what would make you want to cancel the Michael's res? OH's recommendation of brunch at Michael's is a good one.

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      1. re: lax2mia

        I'm just being indecisive, I guess. The good reviews and moderate prices for Yakko-San are tempting. You are right though, I would prefer going somewhere more unique to Miami.

        OH's description of the brunch at Micheal's is tempting. I'm not sure if brunch will be possible though. I haven't heard of Sugarcane but am definitely going to check it out now. I know my daughter would love to have more of a "scene" restaurant. I'd just like some great food (with fresh seafood options) at reasonable prices (entrees $20-30 range).

        1. re: Chirene

          Sugarcane would be right up your alley then. It's sceney but service is professional (for the most part). The menu is more small plates than entrees, but those plates come from three areas of the restaurant: the robata grill, the main kitchen and the raw bar. Everything is meant for sharing. There's some large entrees meant for the table (i.e. whole chicken, whole fish). Nothing besides these break $20. That said, Michael's is a similar concept with starters, small, medium, large and sharing plates as well. The food is probably less eclectic than Sugarcane and vibe much more adult. I don't think you'd be disappointed with either.

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          Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
          130 N.E. 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137

          SUGARCANE raw bar grill
          3252 1st Ave NE #115, Miami, FL 33137

      2. I got to this really late, 9/17, so your decision must have been made and I am curious as to where you went for dinner and what you thought about your choice. Please tell.

        I was rather amazed that Yakko-San would ever even be compared to MGFD. MGFD is one of Miami's formost restaurants and Michael Schwartz, one of Miami's best chefs - and he is a James Beard winner...yakko-san was never even a nominee. Although Yakko-San is quite good, especially for Miami, it is in a different league.

        A note about Joes: as they specialize in stone crabs, they close for the season shortly after stone crab season ends...you'll have to come back after Oct 15th.

        Cheers! I hope you had a great dinner in Miami.