Seemingly there’s room for several fancy sushi restaurants in Miami, where it isn’t so much deep pockets that drive the trend as it is this overwhelming, citywide infatuation with high-priced toro and compelling uni dishes that make us dig deep, deep into our wallets. Azabu Miami Beach is a worthy contender in this saturated market, and even noses ahead of its competitors with superior ingredients—much of its fish is flown in daily and its Japanese sushi-rice makers are specially calibrated to perform in Miami’s singular humidity. The first outpost of New York’s Michelin-starred restaurant by the same name lives up to its pedigree, emphasizing traditional Japanese hospitality (omatenashi) and touting an impressive selection of more than 40 imported whiskies, which are best sampled in a flight. For the ultimate tasting experience, ask about Azabu’s hidden omakase den.
|Venue name:||Azabu Miami Beach|
Marriott Stanton South Beach
161 Ocean Dr
|Opening hours:||Sun–Thu 6–11pm; Fri, Sat 6pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Bus 103, 150; South Beach trolley|
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