Sushi by Scratch exists as an antidote to the stuffy sushi bars where you’re not sure if talking is allowed and sushi chefs hand over slices of unknown origin. Here, the team of sushi chefs, many who trained at the acclaimed sister restaurant in Austin, hand over single pieces of sushi to a counter of 10 people in what’s downright dinner theater, torching bone marrow fat and brushing complicated sauces on top of difficult-to-source slices of fish and wagyu steak. Even after 17 courses, accept their offer of add-on extras, because this is an omakase you won’t want to end.
Where can you find a beautiful bowl of ramen in Miami? Or a tray of trustworthy sushi? These questions were a lot tougher to answer just a couple of years ago. Once upon a time, any half-decent ramen in Miami was still wildly overpriced, and most of our sushi came home in plastic containers from the counter at Publix. Now, there's a great omakase restaurant in almost every corner of this metro. Sushi counters produce rice bowls and slices of sashimi to rival actual restaurants in Japan. And some places are daring enough to combine Japanese flavors and techniques with everything from Texas barbecue to Peruvian sauces—to legendary effect. Find the freshest fish, tender meat sizzling on robata grills and noodles being slurped mercilessly at the best Japanese restaurants in Miami.
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