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Photograph: Courtesy Hiyakawa/@LAMphotos

This dazzling new Wynwood restaurant will transport you to Japan (minus the airfare)

The long-awaited Hiyakawa marries traditional Japanese cuisine with bold, minimalist design.

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Virginia Gil
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It’s been months of swoon-worthy photos of minimalist interiors and mouth-watering shots of sashimi tempting us on Instagram and, finally, long-awaited Hiyakawa is set to open to the public on Thursday, October 22. It’s a traditional Japanese restaurant with an edge, drawing from the eateries of Ginza, Tokyo’s posh entertainment district filled with upscale dining and shopping. It’s upmarket but not stuffy as its streamlined decor and oak-washed interiors suggest.

You might already be familiar with the restaurant’s namesake, chef Shuji Hiyakawa, and his crowd-pleasing Wabi Sabi in the Upper Eastside (and formerly at Time Out Market Miami). Where there he showed off the elegant simplicity of chirashi—artfully arranged bowls of fresh fish and assorted veggie toppings—here he expands his repertoire to include a range of Japanese dishes, some seasonal, some raw and others straight out of the deep-fryer. If you like tempura, you’ll have more than vegetables to choose from here. Chef Masayuki Komatsu (formerly of New York’s Sushiden and the now-shuttered Morimoto in South Beach) joins Shuji in the kitchen, while restaurateur and partner Alvaro Perez Miranda helms the endeavor.

Hiyakawa
Photograph: Courtesy Hiyakawa/Michael Pisarri

For those who find the extensive sushi menu intimidating (we’re among you), Hiyakawa offers a delightful omakase experience to ease you into things. It’s $175 and includes three kitchen appetizers, 12 pieces of nigiri, one maki, a miso soup and a dessert. It’s quite a lot of food and a great way to sample the restaurant’s heavy hitters. Omakase is served at the counter while a-la-carte dining is available at the table. As for the cute nook with banquettes at the entrance, that’ll be where you’ll order a drink and wait to be seated.

Hiyakawa kicks off service tonight and will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 6pm to 11pm. Reservations are available by calling the restaurant, 305-890-7228. No online reservations at this time; Hiyakawa keeps it classic.

Hiyakawa
Photograph: Courtesy Hiyakawa/@LAMphotos
Hiyakawa
Photograph: Courtesy Hiyakawa/Michael Pisarri

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