Fresh sushi served in a black ceramic

Something about Miami style just says “sushi.”  Maybe it’s the fresh, clean taste that’s reminiscent of jumping into the cool ocean, or the food’s healthy, international appeal.  Either way, Miami Beach has no shortage of sushi joints (you can even get it at convenient stores!), so we’ve made a list of the must try spots.

17 RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR: KOSHER FRIENDLY

No need to worry about dietary restrictions, both religious and personal, here. 17 Restaurant and Sushi Bar is an all Kosher restaurant that serves a variety of fresh, innovative sushi.  For a light and refreshing dish, try Kanishu, a rice-less cucumber roll stuffed with tuna, salmon, and avocado, then lightly pickled in a vinegar-based dressing.

HIRO’S SUSHI EXPRESS: INEXPENSIVE FOR THE WIN!

Hiro’s Sushi Express is your classic casual sushi joint where top quality rolls are plentiful and priced just right.  For some Southern flavor, try the Cajun Roll with spicy crawfish. Open till 2 am, this is the perfect place to go after walking out of one of Miami Beach’s hopping night clubs.

PUBBELLY SUSHI: AN INNOVATIVE TAKE

This restaurant presents a creative spin on Japanese food, offers fair prices, and invites diners to a comfortable, pub-like environment.  Pubbelly is, without a doubt, one of Miami Beach’s must-try restaurants.  Its most inventive offering consists of barbecued pork belly and fried clams with kimchi coleslaw in a sushi roll!  And the list of mouthwatering creations goes on at Pubbelly Sushi.

MOKOTO: BEST ON THE BEACH

Mokoto is the only restaurant in South Florida sourcing kindai bluefin tuna. It’s wide range of rolls and sashimi also use upscale ingredients like live scallops, nairagi (striped marlin from Hawaii), and actual crab meat for the California rolls (a sadly rare treat).  Aside from sushi, Makoto’s Frosty Kobe Fried Rice is a must-try. It’s a bowl of fried rice with foie gras and shichimi (Japanese seven spice) topped with a fried, free-range chicken egg. Then, tiny frozen pieces of Kobe beef are mixed in and cooked from the heat of the rice.  Finish off your meal with some yuzu ice cream and mochi, and you are in business!