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

Categories: Best of Miami
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Lesley Elliott
4. Zuma
This is a Japanese haven where your California roll will be filled with real crab (Alaskan king crab Cali, $16), but what's truly special at Zuma is the tender fresh flesh by the piece. The sashimi is pristine, and our favorite pieces of sushi are carefully plotted small bites under the menu heading "Zuma Special Sushi." They do sea urchin two ways: one topped with plump balls of ikura and barley miso (two per order, $16) and with fresh yuzu and truffle (MP). There's also a stellar scallop with truffle and myoga, a type of ginger with edible flower buds (MP). Although the perception here is that you will spend lots of money, the reality is that many rolls are fairly well priced, such as Zuma's salmon-avocado roll for $9.50 and the chirashi maki, made with raw sea bass, shrimp, hamachi, and salmon for $10.

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Lesley Elliott
3. Pubbelly Sushi
The Pubbelly boys have concocted an array of rolls that astound, from the beloved yellowtail-topped roll (pictured above), stuffed with snow crab, flavored with truffle yuzu, and chives ($12), to the eel roll, which has charred pineapple and shichimi, a Japanese condiment containing everything from ground ginger to hemp seeds ($7). Spicy tuna at Pubbelly Sushi is dressed up with potato and scallion aioli ($6), and thin slices of hamachi sashimi are served with spicy jalapeño slices, yuzu soy, and a cilantro broth ($15). It's sushi with a creative spin and a multitude of flavor combinations, but the crucial detail is that the fish is fresh, fresh, fresh.

Location Info

Hiro's Sushi Express - CLOSED

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

Category: Restaurant

Doraku

1104 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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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