Blade's New Space: Like Sharing a Bedroom With Your Brother (Pictures)

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John Zur
Blade's naruto maki roll.
The Fontainebleau's sushi restaurant, Blade, has made a return; but this time it's rooming with Vida. The space isn't thoroughly spliced yet. The frosted glass walls are on their way for installation, but executive chef Thomas Connell is quick to discuss plans for an overhauled brunch that will bring improvement to both restaurants. These are two of the Fontainebleau's casual eateries, offering yet more choices for guests of the hotel.

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John Zur
A tasting of the tuna tataki.
Blade's menu, provided by chefs Yoshiro Kamago, Deden "Benny" Bandi, and Diego Ng, is simple. There are appetizers, sushi rolls, specialty rolls, sushi, and sashimi ($8 to $14 or market price). However, there are some surprisingly creative and unique offerings.

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John Zur
The octopus carpaccio.
Off the appetizer portion of the menu, the octopus carpaccio ($20) is large enough for two. Thin slices of the mollusk are complemented by sweet pepper, tomato, red onion, cucumber, and spicy vinegar dressing. Jalapeño peppers add a nice kick. The octopus isn't rubbery or tough.

The tuna tataki ($18) with ponzu sauce is delightful and well balanced. The ponzu sauce is rich and boasts a perfect citrus balance.

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John Zur
Assorted sushi including Bleau roll (left), spicy tuna (top), lobster (middle right), and Blade roll (bottom right).
Of the specialty rolls, a favorite is definitely the lobster ($22) with cucumber, mayonnaise, masago, avocado, tempura flakes, and eel sauce. It's sweet and a little salty, and features just the right amount of lobster. The textures are vivid, with the cucumber crisp and the sprinkling of tempura flakes ample. Yes, it contains lobster, but $22 for a roll is a bit steep.

The naruto maki ($18) is salmon, crabmeat, masago, scallion, radish sprouts, and avocado in a tangy cucumber dressing. This roll, which has no rice, is beautifully crafted, so you're paying for presentation.

The most interesting dish is the eponymous Blade roll ($12), with marinated salmon, fresh mozzarella, spicy mayonnaise, and fried garlic. The salmon is quite thin, but the overall taste is unique and unexpected, plus the price is right.

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John Zur
Blade's interior.
The ambiance is just fine once you're seated. It doesn't matter whether the folks dining 30 feet from you are eating rotisserie chicken while you're sipping sake ($49 to $142 per bottle) -- the environment doesn't suffer. And just like rooming with a sibling who has different tastes, there's potential for disaster, but overall it should be an amicable arrangement.

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Location Info

Blade Sushi

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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