Miami's Ten Best Sushi Bars: Hunting for Fresh Fish

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Hiro's Sushi Express
The "Emperor" assortment of sushi at Hiro's ($7.50).
Sushi seems so easy -- raw fish, rice, wasabi. So it would seem that really good sushi bars should be on every corner, sorta like Starbucks. OK, it might be slightly easier to procure quality coffee beans than grade-A bluefin tuna, and the vinegar-to-rice ratio is all-important, but when it comes to eating sushi and sashimi, you really do want the best of the best.

Smoke and mirrors won't mask the inferiority of raw fish. We don't care how much Japanese mayo or cream cheese you roll in there. So where to find the best sushi in town? Whether you are eating on the cheap or maxing out the platinum card, here's our list of places to get the tastiest tuna, the saltiest salmon roe, and the sweetest amaebi.

10. Hiro's Sushi Express
There are several locations of Hiro's Sushi Express, each offering inexpensive sushi without any smelly old fish funny business. The immense menu provides all the regular rolls -- particularly well priced in predetermined assortments ranging from a California-tuna combo ($5.50) to the "Emperor," which for $7.50 includes tuna, salmon, white fish, crab, shrimp, and white tuna sushi (plus a few pieces of California and regular tuna maki). From a sashimi salad ($5.95) to nigiri (all priced per piece, 90 cents to $3.25), everything is affordable and above average in terms of fast-casual sushi.

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Doraku
9. Doraku
The rolls here are more of the out-on-a-sushi-limb variety, with a slew of different ingredients packed in for punch. The Doraku house roll ($13.75) combines tempura-fried lobster, shredded crab, and cream cheese with spicy garlic aioli. Even more complicated is the "Red Dragon" roll, an amalgam of spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and avocado topped with eel, red tobiko, aonori, and spicy aioli ($13.50). Of course, basic tuna rolls ($5.75) and sushi by the piece are available (two per order, $3 to $8). With a recent expansion to Brickell, Doraku is laying claim to the happy-hour crowd both on and off the Beach.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Hiro's Sushi Express - CLOSED

17048-50 W. Dixie Highway, Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Doraku

1104 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Blade Sushi

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Toni's New Tokyo Cuisine and Sushi Bar

1208 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Vida

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Zuma Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Bond Street Lounge - CLOSED

150 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pubbelly Sushi

1424 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Matsuri

5759 Bird Road, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pubbelly Sushi

1424 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sushi Deli

1412 79th St. Causeway, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Makoto

9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL

Category: Restaurant

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13 comments
James G. Camp
James G. Camp

I can think of a billion other things that I'd rather eat than sushi that cost less, taste better and are actually cooked. Who buys food by the bite ?

Bjt08
Bjt08

Understand why Naoe is not on the list but anyone who has been there knows that Kevin delivers the freshest fish in town. Matsuri and Japanese Market are the only other contenders.

Vilmers
Vilmers

have your tried Soo Woo in Doral? Fresh and delicious....yummmm

Pashmina
Pashmina

You're missing Little Lotus. Order the 8 Crazy Nights roll, and you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Every time I think about that roll, I crave it.

And Yakko San's is amazing. On 163rd.

Yosho2k
Yosho2k

This list doesn't include Hiro's on 163rd street. Amazing sushi, great place.

Great White
Great White

The fact that Shibui isn't even mentioned is a travesty. Just because it won the "Best of" a bunch of times doesn't mean it has to be ignored.

Les
Les

There's some confusion...all of our "Best of Miami" top 10 lists specifically do not include the 2011 winners. We love Shibui, really we do.

Carlos
Carlos

This is is spot on. I'm assuming NAOE didn't make the cut due to their move to Brickell

Les
Les

 Exactly!

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