Sushi Mikasa Flies South

January 07, 2013 | by photography courtesy of Sushi Mikasa

| Food & Drink News

Fluke with poached quail egg topped with truffle oil.

A family friend of the Kardashians and owner of Command PR, Jonathan Cheban adds restaurateur to his résumé with the opening of Sushi Mikasa’s Miami outpost at the Shelborne South Beach. Designed to reflect South Beach’s Art Deco past, the eatery is decked with dark teak tables and peacock-blue velvet walls. With Cheban’s glitterati connections, the restaurant is expected to lure celebs, but the true draw is sushi chef Kevin Chun, founder of Brooklyn’s original Sushi Mikasa. Chun has created a menu with both exotic flourishes and novel takes on raw fish, with specialties such as monkfish liver sautéed with butter and soy sauce; torched toro with ginger garlic sauce; and Chun’s signature Tuna Pizza (wafer topped with tuna slices and truffle sauce); as well as a bevy of raw fish, much of it flown in daily from Japan. The eatery also touts omakase-style dining, where diners sit back and let Chun orchestrate an unexpected narrative of food. Sushi Mikasa, with its New York reputation, and cast of characters, may well turn into an epicenter of Miami VIPs. And you know what they say: It’s easier to keep up than catch up. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-535-3500.

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