Makoto Okuwa's Five Favorite Restaurants

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Makoto Okuwa of Makoto in Bal Harbour
Where the Chefs Eat is a series in which we ask Miami chefs to list their favorite local restaurants. In this installment, we spoke to Makoto Okuwa -- chef of Makoto in Bal Harbour -- about his preferred Magic City spots.

At his restaurant in the Bal Harbour Shops, Okuwa has garnered a reputation as one of the best Japanese chefs in town. His menu lists sashimi and maki -- like cured mackerel or lobster, ginger, pickled jicama, asparagus, tobiko, and avocado roll. There's ramen, robata-grilled foods, and a dynamite hand roll with baked crab and creamy ponzu.

Okuwa enjoys dining out too. Here, in his own words, are his favorite restaurants in Miami.

1. Beer and Burger Joint: Because of its nice flavored burger buns and diverse selections of burger options and extensive beer menu.

2. Momi Ramen: The broth flavor, chewy noodles, juicy meat, along its traditional style and atmosphere, make it one of my favorite places around.

3. Harry's Pizzeria: The fresh ingredients, crispy crusts, and nice spins on traditional pizzas are wonderful. There's great flavor in all pizza selections.

4. Pubbelly: It offers a nice twist on Asian cuisine, and there's always something new.

5. Wynwood Kitchen + Bar: This spot offers great quality food with nice price point, along with nice small plates to share. You can try a lot of different things.

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Location Info

Venue

Map

Makoto

9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL

Category: Restaurant

Burger & Beer Joint

1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Momi Ramen

5 SW 11th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Harry's Pizzeria

3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pubbelly

1418 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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