National Sushi Day may have passed, but what does that mean if you’re a bona fide sushi eater in Miami? The possibilities may be endless when it comes to picking a sushi spot, however, space is limited for the restaurants that hold a special place in our asian loving hearts. You know what I’m talking about, like that hole in the wall where the roll is so fresh you feel they just fished the tuna right out of the sea. Or that one place where the chef knows the exact ratio between sauce and fish and the roll leaves you with a mouthful of ultimate satisfaction. Whether you’re a fan of the Miami Heat roll, Dragon roll, or even the beginners California roll, there’s an ideal spot for everybody. Here are the best sushi spots to hit up if you’re ever in the neighborhood.
South Beach/ Dadeland/ Brickell
Although the original spot was created next to their noodle bar in South Beach, sushi lovers can also take part in the mouth watering experience in their two other locations. With the direction of 5-time James Beard Nominee Chef Jose Mendin, The Pubbelly Boys have reshaped the culinary world in Miami with their innovative creations. The best part about Pubbelly definitely has to be the everyday happy hour menu which includes the fan favorite crispy salmon roll as well as many other rolls and apps. The butter krab roll is ultimately life changing and can always be shared… if you’re feeling generous. Finally, if you’re in the mood for something sweet make sure to top it off with their Coco Loco, you won’t regret it.
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Bird Road/ Doral/ Biscayne
Since the first location opened up 10 years ago, Sushi Sake has boomed. Although the 3 primary locations are listed, there are over 14 locations in South Florida, which makes the stop 14 times easier! Sushi Sake is a great affordable place for lunch, dinner or even a late night bite. Some of their locations are open on weekends from 3AM to even 5AM! The Angel Roll is always a hit, with the shrimp tempura, crab salad, masago and cream cheese topped with avocado, spicy mayo and eel sauce topped with tempura flakes, there’s no wonder my mouth is watering while writing this. The menu has endless options for you to try and find your ideal roll, and I’m sure if you search it up right now you’ll find one just up your alley or very close.
Wynwood/ Brickell/ Doral/ South Beach
Taking pride in the light and healthy nature of many of their recipes, Suviche is prime for their fresh sushi rolls. Not only does Suviche provide a variety of ceviches, they have a great amount of original fresh rolls one should consider. With happy hour everyday from 3-7PM, you start to feel a bit spoiled with how much you’re given for such a good price. You even have a choice to order a full or half roll, that way you have room to try even more rolls. The Almost Perfect Roll, is not “almost” perfect, it is. And if you’re looking to indulge in something sweet the Nectar Roll gives you an explosion of flavors with crispy shrimp, cream cheese, toasted coconut and mango wrapped in soy paper, topped with avocado, in orange honey tataki.
Morningside/ Brickell/ Key Biscayne
Recognized for their outstanding Thai and Japanese cuisines Sushi Siam has been in Miami’s community for over 30 years! Adding their own special kick that fortifies any roll, Sushi Siam is recognized for the extra TLC they give their specialty rolls. With three different kinds of Dragon Rolls, how can one even settle for a simple roll anymore?!
Biscayne/ South Beach/ Brickell
Translating as “hello” Moshi Moshi welcomes everyone to their dine in spot everyday until 5AM Monday through Sunday. Located in all 3 Miami nightlife locations, Moshi Moshi is your best bet for satisfying your late-night sushi craving. The vast menu offers more than 175 sushi rolls for all kinds of sushi eaters. The “super roll” section even provides bold options for the advanced roll lovers. Whether you want to sit in or order in, Moshi Moshi is provides quality comfort sushi everyday.
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With the menu changing on the daily, Katana offers a fresh and fun take on sushi. Boats full of sushi and sashimi float downstream through a conveyor belt past every seat. Raw assortments include white fish, tuna, and salmon sashimi. Make sure to keep track of the colors of the plates you scoop up, as each color represents a different price. The restaurant is first come first serve, however the wait is definitely worth your while.
Found in 1-800-Lucky’s food hall is where Nando Chang is focusing and expanding on his popular rolls from his other restaurant, Itamae. Just opened on June 1st, the rolls provided are tweaked versions of the Chinese-Peruvian cuisine and give you every ounce of satisfaction you love about sushi. Being as Nando Chang is a spanish rapper as well as a chef, B-Side‘s location fits the aesthetic for the new spot. Chang recently released a new album titled Ceviche with Sony Music, including a song, “Sushi Chef,” that can be heard at 1-800 if you ever stop by for a tasteful bite!
Open since ‘81 the family-owned restaurant serves up classic mouthwatering Japanese cuisine along with some Peruvian-inspired dishes. You’re given the choice to sit between traditional American seating downstairs or Japanese-style on the floor at intimate tables upstairs, where you can also sit at the sushi bar. With over 100 choices, the sushi selection alone will keep you ordering all night. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Miami inspired rolls that leave you with a mouthful of happiness, like the Sex on a Beach roll or the spicy Caliente Roll. Isn’t being in a vibrant city that provides a versatile twist on everything, especially its food, what the Miami dream is anyway?