Five Reasons Miami Sushi Sucks

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Carina Ost
Miami sushi: usually covered in crap.
On the outside, it seems like Miami has all the necessary ingredients for fantastic sushi: a seaside location, an international culture, and a love of food.

It turns out that's not enough. We're seriously lacking in the sushi department. Here are five reasons Miami sushi isn't up to snuff.

See also: Does Tropical Chinese Serve the Best Dim Sum in Miami?

1. We don't have fresh fish
We don't have many fishmongers, and our markets are few and far between, existing within the space of a shop or a truck. According to an employee at Hiro's Sushi Express, when Miami restaurants need salmon, they usually purchase outside the country. Why? Check the prices on wild Alaskan salmon -- about $20 a pound -- and it makes sense.

The same thing goes for shrimp. Sure, Key West is just three hours away. But the rise of cheap, imported, farm-raised shrimp makes the local variety seem expensive.

Conclusion: Miami has grouper and dolphin, but at the end of the day, most fish used in sushi is actually several days old.

2. We cover everything in crap
In Miami, we love to stuff our rolls with cream cheese and smother them in tempura flakes and mayo. Freedom of food expression? Ok, but when you can't tell whether you're eating salmon or, say, chicken, something is wrong.

Add to that our tendency to add dollops of so-called wasabi -- which is usually a mix of water and powder or the lovely horseradish/mustard/food-coloring paste -- and it's a recipe for disaster.

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Sushi Rock Sunnyland

11293 S. Dixie Highway, South Miami, FL

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66 comments
LEVD
LEVD

Bad, commercialized sushi is everywhere. I went to Japan last fall and I thought I could walk into ANY sushi joint and it'd be amazing. Nope.


Sushi just happens to be easy to bastardize. Someone out there is always going to smother it in things that are gross, and we would eat it. If we could figure out a way to bastardize Indian food, we would. 

Kyle Woods
Kyle Woods

I get good sushi at home... *Giggity*

Rony M. Alvarado
Rony M. Alvarado

goto sushi is good and mooshi mooshi are excellent, iron sushi is nasty

Pierre Normand
Pierre Normand

To denaturize it...American style...and to become more f a t ! Big is beautiful!

zgr8jakez
zgr8jakez

Sushi was created as a quick and easy snack for street vendors and events (the japanese version of the hot dog). With this in mind as I read the article you can really feel the elitist attitude about a subject the author knows little about.

Wednesday Adams
Wednesday Adams

Quit crying and order a different variation of sushi!!! Or keep walking and grab a slice of pizza, since there are at least 3 pizza places on every block in SoBe

what
what

where the hell are you eating sushi? I mean this "article" is embarrassing. Do some real researching before spewing idiotic banter and lumping all of Miami into your elitist opinion. 

paul
paul

Some of these comments are pretty inane. Can someone explain how Miami's "fresh seafood" is any different from the same thing in California or Boston or Seattle aside from different types of locally caught fish being available?


As far as sushi, nothing remarkably good OR bad about Miami in that regard. You can find both extremes--and a bunch of places that are just average. Just like most other cities.


Miami is an average restaurant town, anyway. Far cry from the big boys like NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, and even Philly. But it is improving.


Hiro's is a decent joint if you need a sushi fix that won't break the bank.

Alex LaPorta
Alex LaPorta

Holy shit, if you don't want cheap sushi, then don't go to a cheap sushi place. Go to Hiro's in North Miami or Akashi in Coral Gables or any other place that isn't in a strip mall.

Jorge Martin Barreto Garcia
Jorge Martin Barreto Garcia

Miami sushi does not suck although the amount served should change. Miami new times should stop hiring pussies and get better writers.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

local sushi, made from Hialean canal's fish?!?! No thanks!

Casey C Chu
Casey C Chu

Toni's on Miami Beach serves about the best sushi around. Sit in Yoko's section if you are with a guest and you will have a wonderful meal. Alone, sit at the bar and let the chef's pick for you.

Jeannie Ellis McFadden
Jeannie Ellis McFadden

Go eat sushi in the middle of the country or in Europe before you make your opinion!

Jeannie Ellis McFadden
Jeannie Ellis McFadden

Sushi in Miami IS the best around! All you have to do is ask for it without the mayo or whatever it is you don't like! ANY place will accommodate and they will also make anything you request! We have some of the freshest seafood found all over the world so the complaining in this article is ridiculous!

Gonzalo del Barrio
Gonzalo del Barrio

I dont like cream cheese in my sushi, i dont like mayo period n tempura batter adds texture.. But this article might be on to sumtin right

Roxana Valladares Hart
Roxana Valladares Hart

never could figure that one out??? you eat sushi for the taste each raw fist provides you??? why smother it with something that perhaps goes on your salad better

Andrea Dutchland
Andrea Dutchland

I'm getting tired of following u guys . Most of your articles are negative lol and if they aren't it still has something bad to say about Miami .. It's too expensive ... It's to this .. It's too that ... Ravers you'll bump into ... Typical miami girls ... Typical miami guys ... Blahblahblah no wonder no one buys an actual news paper anymore you guys are depressing lmao how about you guys write an article about the history of miami . How miami was built ... When is our transportation going to get better ... How we can avoid traffic ... Things that are valuable and can make Miami think of the bright future we have in front of us ... And for the record I love cream cheese and tempura batter I keep sushi restaurants busy from how many times I go so be a little less catty and a little more appreciative you live in one of the most top rated cities in the world !!! Stop crying about it !

Juan Salazar
Juan Salazar

This is not the way sushi was meant to be served. It was meant to be healthy. Just sayin.

Rogue Vulcan
Rogue Vulcan

I'm always asking "anything without mayo?"

David Lopez
David Lopez

The majority of the "sushi" restaurant are not Japanese own so they really have no proper training on how to make sushi. Sushi is not only about the fish but also about the rice. There are only a handful of sushi restaurants in Miami that make really good sushi. I recomment Sushi Chef Japanese Restaurant, its only had 1 owner, he is Japanse and it has been open since 1992.

Justin Wright
Justin Wright

I'm sure it's better than the sushi here in the middle of TN.

josheche
josheche

Very much a fan of Mikan's Japanese in Brickell on sw 1st ave and 8th st. Right next to the chase bank across from the metro rail station. Been going there for over a decade. They've been around a while for a reason. It's hard to find Japanese like that.

Unfortunately when doraku opened the happy hours killed late nights at Mikan's, but the quality surpasses everything covered in crap in Brickell.

Matt Yo
Matt Yo

also the article is very biased to compare hiro's to jiro's one is michilin rated thats a totally different ball game from most places

Vanny Sampedro
Vanny Sampedro

No way!!! I've been around the world.... Miami has one of the best sushis in the world.

Matt Yo
Matt Yo

the question i find coming to mind ...is miami sushi miamified or americanized and if our pallets and culture very where is the true flaw in the change also miami has some hidden sushi gems im glad never made it to this thread

Bryan Shore
Bryan Shore

NAOE on Brickell Key. Its an experience and real deal. Not cheap though.

mhr2459
mhr2459

The Best. you need to get out more. the rice sucks and the rolls fall apart. Thats how you like your food? Enjoy


josheche
josheche

Heard from a very little bird that basically knows everything that happens on Brickell Key that NAOE is silently closing soon.

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