Miami's Ten Best Sushi Bars: Hunting for Fresh Fish
The Fontainebleau's overhaul of Blade transformed the original space into a new lounge and relocated the actual sushi bar to the hotel's restaurant Vida, on the north end. This sushi bar has some seriously fresh fish, which is to be expected given the behemoth resort's seafood-procurement reach. The signature Bleau roll ($18) is loaded with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, avocado, scallion, and masago, wrapped in daikon, and drizzled with a soy-onion dressing. The spicy scallop ($14) features Hokaido bay scallops mixed with a spicy sauce and masago, plus tempura-fried serrano peppers for added kick. In addition to specialty rolls such as the two above, sushi and sashimi are also available as two-piece orders for $9 to $12 (toro and the fish of the day are market price). All the rolls look lovely -- visual presentation is one of Blade's strong suits.
In business for 25 years, Washington Avenue's little sushi treasure has the best New York-style spicy tuna roll ($7.50) in town. No thick mayo, just a hint of smokiness-creaminess, a touch of sesame oil, and a bright burst of orange masago. Sushi and sashimi ($2.25 to market price) at Toni's are as pristine as can be. Remember to ask about the specials, because unusual offerings beyond toro and uni can be yours depending on the sourcing for any given day. There's no fancy ambiance, just quality fish at reasonable prices.
17048-50 W. Dixie Highway, Sunny Isles Beach, FL