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Feb 26, 2012 04:27 PM

Real Japanese sushi where are you?

except for Noao and the Japanese Mkt in N Miami are there any real sushi places that serve the real thing Not Thai or Chinese style ,no mango mayo, spicy this or that. just good fish served with respect and tradition.

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    1. re: tpigeon

      I'll second that!! Best sushi in Miami hands down.

      1. re: dlgc

        Nah, both naoe and sushi deli are better.

        1. re: tpigeon

          a few questions:

          any chance Naoe will be open early April?

          Failing that, if I want the best sushi in Miami, will that be sushi deli?

          I understand Naoe is comparable to the top tier offerings in LA and NYC. Is sushi deli, or anywhere else in Miami, in that league?

          1. re: shekamoo

            I heard from Kevin (Naoe) that he's hoping to be open sometime in March but construction and approvals in Miami always tend to drag.

            Sushi Deli is absolutely my go-to place but keep in mind that it in style it is worlds apart from the uber-dollar places like Masa or Urasawa. It is a very humble, modest place with a tiny sushi bar tucked into a Japanese market. But he gets excellent fish, much shipped from Japan, and treats it with care.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              keeping fingers crossed for Naoe then!
              Re: sushi deli, thank you for confirming what I had gathered from the net: not to expect Caspian caviar nigiri with a white truffle infused shari, but solid traditional nigiri done right with fresh fish. We will surely check it out!

              1. re: shekamoo

                Actually he does have interesting flavor profiles, especially his sashimi. You can choose to order off the menu and go cheap or do a more expensive omakase where you will see some of the stuff I am talking about.

                1. re: tpigeon

                  will I need somehow to prearrange/preorder an omakase or just sit at the counter and order omakase or "whatever the itamae thinks is good/fresh/interesting today"? will a non-regular get the interesting stuff this way?

                  1. re: shekamoo

                    The good/fresh/and interesting approach works. Just walk in.

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        1. NAOE is in a class by itself. However, for more reasonable, properly prepared sashimi and sushi, I recommend three places: Su-Shin Izekaya in Coral Gables, Matsuri in Coral Gables (though I dislike the crowd) and Maido in Doral. All are Japanese owned and operated, so each feels the need to conform to a certain standard. I would rather go to a 7-11 in Japan than eat at most of the others, though I am not speaking against the recommendations here.
          (Sorry for the repeat friends)