King Kone reinvents the typical sushisperience by hand rolling fresh and portable morsels. The chefs hand craft an array of tapered, cone-style arrangements, with select chefs capable of constructing rolls in a stopwatch-shattering 10–15 seconds. Chopstick through traditional combinations such as the salmon, eel, avocado, and scallions of the Shock Kone ($5.99–$6.99), which complements the rogue innovation of the coconut shrimp roll ($5.99–$6.99), an amalgam of tempura shrimp, coconut, pineapple, and scallions. King Kone’s ingredients can also be liberated of their oppressive vestments and by traveling in a no-rolls-barred rice bowl ($7.99). The bar also fills ice-cream cones with sweet and succulent spreads including nutella and strawberry flavors ($3.99).
Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi suppresses burning appetites for elegant tastes with a flavorful menu of Chinese, Thai, and Japanese delights. Satisfy yearnings for delicious art by partaking in a selection of sushi, including the customer favorite Kung Fu crunch roll, in which crab sticks, avocado, and cream cheese huddle under an umbrella of spicy tuna to stay dry from a tangy eel sauce ($15).
Founded by 2011 and 2010 James Beard Best Restaurateur semifinalist Myles Chefetz, Shoji Sushi impresses epicurean palates with maki the Miami New Times calls "cutting edge." The menu's 27 rolls carefully balance flavors and textures, from jalapeño peppers' spice to deep-fried oysters' crunch, and cooked entrees range from crisp tempura to Maine lobster that's grilled or steamed, served within the mocha-hued interior of clean lines and dark woods.
Amid the bustling nightlife and celebrity sightings of South Beach, Sushi Rock Sobe Lounge beckons to passersby with a glowing neon sign and umbrella-clad patio, hinting at the feasts of fresh Japanese cuisine to be had inside. Proudly boasting more than two decades of culinary tradition as "Miami's first sushi bar", the lounge's chefs prepare delicate morsels for debuts within their comfortable dining room. More than 60 colorful plates of thin-sliced tuna, sea urchin, shrimp, and yellowtail tempt diners with clean, complex flavors, while potent cocktails, dry Japanese beers, and draft sake provide vital social lubricant. Contemporary bars backlit with neon, polished stone accents, and an open sushi bar frame meals of chewy soba noodles, tempura veggies, and savory pork shumai, while weekly promotions and party specials entertain throngs of nighttime party animals and party-animal tamers.
French entrepreneur Siben N’Ser founded the first Planet Sushi in Paris in 1998. Its combination of sculptural cuisine and sleek, modern interior design quickly caught on. Within a few years, he had built sister restaurants in Miami Beach; Ibiza, Spain; and in a handful of towns across France. At the Miami location, purple lights lend a nightclub vibe to the dining room, where guests can watch the chefs work via several flat-screen TVs. Creative maki such as the crab- and asparagus-filled crunch salmon roll radiate color from plates. Starters such as tuna-avocado tartare brim with French influences, and desserts such as lemon sorbet celebrate Florida’s famous citrus. Chefs also shape whimsical specialty dishes such as the Planet Sandwich, which stuffs spicy tuna, American cheese, and avocado between triangular slices of “bread” made from rice.
Guests seeking an extra-romantic atmosphere can toast glasses of sake in a private room or head to the patio to reshape tuna maki into hearts beneath the stars. Alternatively, a fleet of scooters delivers most of the menu to homes and offices.
Tony Chan's Water Club's menu bridges the gustatory gap between China and Japan with a menu that includes both Hong Kong–style Cantonese cuisine and fresh sushi. Earning their food a Zagat rating of "very good to excellent," the chefs accessorize stir-fried orders of chicken, seafood, and vegetables with many different sauces, lending spicy, savory, or tangy flavors to the entrees. At the counter, they carefully arrange orders of nigiri and specialty sushi rolls, which can include premium fillings of shrimp tempura, jalapeños, and parmesan cheese.
The spacious dining room tempts diners with two distinct views: floor-to-ceiling windows gaze directly out onto the waterfront, while a similar wall of windows enables diners to peer into the kitchen. Behind the glass, watched chefs stay calm as they wok-fry entrees and hand-write inspiring quotations on grains of rice.