Sushi Restaurants for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner
December 11, 2013 | by Lane Nieset | Food & Drink News
Bal Harbour's Makoto is our pick for an aprés-shopping lunch date.
Miami has no shortage of world-class sushi restaurants. Whether you crave fresh rolls, nigiri, or sashimi for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, these over-the-top spots will satiate your sushi craving.
ZUMA’s prime location in the EPIC Hotel is great for those looking to arrive via boat on the bay and dine along the water. Many locals rave that this modern Japanese restaurant delivers some of Miami’s finest sushi, but the real draw is the Sunday brunch spread, with sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls. Definitely come with an appetite. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-577-0277
Part of the group behind New York City’s Buddakan and Morimoto, Makoto is the perfect supplement to shopping at the Bal Harbour Shops. Not only does chef Makoto bring street cred (10 years of training in Japan before becoming executive sushi chef at Morimoto New York), he's also competed on Iron Chef. Snag a spot at the 12-seat sushi bar to catch the chefs at work. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-864-8600
Whether you stop by for lunch or dinner, Doraku has a happy hour for both, with a small sampling of raw favorites, all under $6. Set in Mary Brickell Village downtown and in the heart of Lincoln Road on the beach, these intimate restaurants are ideal for cozying up in a booth and enjoying a meal of sushi and sake. 1104 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-695-8383; 900 South Miami Ave., Ste 133, Miami 305-373-4633
The Sunset Harbour eatery is one of three in the Pubbelly group that seems to have drawn a cult following overnight. More tavern than sushi bar, Pubbelly Sushi has a gastropub feel that echoes through its menu with clever creations like the Porkbelly & Clams roll, made with barbecued pork belly, kimchee coleslaw, and fried clams. These aren't your typical rolls. 1424 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-531-9282
At the SLS Hotel South Beach, Philippe Starck and master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi team up to present their interpretation of Japanese cuisine at Katsuya by Starck. Signature dishes include a yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and ponzu, and a salmon sashimi rolled with Japanese onion chutney and topped with caviar on a cucumber crisp. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-455-2995
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