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Makoto for Miami Spice: Glitzy With Vegetarian Options

Categories: Miami Spice

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All photos by Zachary Fagenson
What mysteries are at Makoto for Miami Spice?
There's no shortage of glamour at Makoto Okuwa's Bal Harbour restaurant. It
hits you before you step inside the dimly lit, black and light brown space. You've schlepped yourself clear across town for a chance to taste the Morimoto protégé's fare at a reasonable price.

Miami Spice is that oh-so-special time of year when some of Miami's most popular (and expensive) restaurants create three-course menus at drastically reduced prices. It gives the 99 percent a chance to eat the meals they can only dream about the rest of the year. It also throws some business at restaurants during what are traditionally South Florida's slow summer months.

See also: Makoto Okuwa's Five Favorite Restaurants

New Times has partnered with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, which runs Miami Spice, so we've been charged with sampling some of the dozens of Miami Spice menus set to launch August 1. All for free, of course. New Times is also hosting the official Miami Spice kickoff -- Iron Fork -- at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Get tickets here.

If you don't go to Bal Harbour often, you might have to circle a few times to find the restaurant. Try not to feel broke when you pass the Balenciaga and Piaget stores three times. Don't make eye contact with the safari-ready security guards, who grew suspicious the first time you walked by.

Once safe and sound inside Makoto's Zen-like space, you're presented with five options for first and second courses. Dessert is up to the kitchen.

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Chili-soy edamame.
One of the highlights of Makoto's $39 Spice offering is that it's vegetarian-friendly, and not in the steamed-vegetables-and-barley kind of way. There's a salad that arrives in a heavy stone bowl with watercress, crisp tempura bits, and chikuwa -- a kind of Japanese mystery meat made of whitefish, egg whites and salt dressed in soy. Ask them to leave it off if you must. There's also edamame tossed in a sweet-spicy dressing topped with chili threads.


Location Info

Makoto

9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL

Category: Restaurant


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jc00
jc00

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Carl1tos
Carl1tos

Why must vegans feel the need to proselytize all the time?

jc00
jc00

@Carl1tosHere's why!

"A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

"As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." ~ Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?"

“If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. Roads.” ~ Environmental Defense Fund

"The livestock sector emerges as one of the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity... The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency." ~ United Nation Food and Agricultural Organization's report "Livestock's Long Shadow"

“It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.”  ~ James Cameron, movie director, environmentalist, new vegan 


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