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Azabu Miami Beach is about more than sushi


Azabu Miami Beach

Marriott Stanton South Beach, 161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 786-276-0520,

The Michelin-starred, sushi-only original location of Azabu in New York, founded in 2008, has expanded its concept with a full dining room and bar in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood.

“Our goal is to introduce world-class Japanese cuisine to Miami,” says Mahmood Abousalem, managing director of the Miami Beach restaurant. “The goal is to expand the Azabu brand nationally."

A charcoal robata grill in the open kitchen allows for a lengthier, izakaya-style menu featuring corn tempura with curry salt ($8), yakitori chicken skewers ($12), udon soup with shrimp tempura ($20) and Wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu ($24).

Wood decor surrounds a 6-foot bonsai tree. Another bonsai anchors the terrace with umbrellas, floor lanterns and yellow banquettes. An 11-seat cypress sushi counter is concealed behind a Japanese curtain and door, where reservations are required for the chef’s tasting ($120 or $150).

"We wanted to offer our guests a true omakase experience, just like something you would experience in Tokyo, where chefs are giving you the best, freshest ingredients sourced from Japan and locally," Abousalem says.

A marble bar showcases 30 sakes and 45 Japanese whiskies. The Spring in Tokyo cocktail incorporates lemongrass shochu, yuzu and egg white ($15).

Dinner is served nightly.

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