Oh! Sushi lets fish fans curate their meals from a highly navigable à la carte menu in an eatery wrapped in bold graphic patterns and praised by the Miami New Times' Caitlin Granfield as "a hip retro place of funky fusion." Spicy salmon salad ($7.99) ushers tender, piquant bites onto chopsticks or into pockets. Individual morsels of sushi dive into batter, emerging as crispy, gold-plated tempura futomaki such as the Bomb, a nugget of fried shrimp decked in chives and curry sauce ($0.99). Inside-out sushi rolls keep their nori close to their hearts, guarding proteins such as ox sirloin with a crust of sesame seeds ($0.99), and seasonal fruit joins tuna, roe, and eel sauce in the tropy futomaki ($0.99). A cone of seaweed takes a break from adorning mer dunces to carry avocado, rice, and a choice of fish as a hand roll ($4.59).
Sushi may be synonymous with Japan, but Chef Adrian Rojas draws on international influences when creating Miyako Japanese Restaurant's menu. In addition to working in modern sushi bars, Chef Rojas has cooked his way through Europe and South America. The flavors he picked up along the way add tasty flair to each plate, whether he's rolling up sushi or cooking a noodle dish.
Chef Rojas and his team infuse unexpected notes into hot entrees such as breaded, deep-fried pork, or spicy chicken saut?ed with onions and carrots. But it's the sushi rolls that best represent the kitchen's culinary fusion. The red kryptonite roll, for instance, combines spicy tuna with jalape?os, while the coconut shrimp roll holds tropical ingredients including guava and mango. Equal detail is lavished on presentation?rolls and sashimi can be strapped into tiny life vests and loaded into sushi boats, or served atop live models during body sushi events.
The chefs at Yukihana furl both Japanese and Korean fare into a menu stuffed with schools of sushi and fresh entrees prepared tableside. Guests can control their dinner's destiny with Korean barbecue and shabu shabu platters, and servers set up tabletop grills for parties of two or more to char thinly sliced beef bulgogi or spicy marinated chicken breast, which can be wrapped in fresh lettuce cups and seasoned with scallions and Korean pepper. For shabu shabu meals, guests sit around a pot of boiling broth and swish an assortment of fresh meats and vegetables in the simmering mixture to soak up savory flavors.
Ninja's Asian Tavern delights savor sectors with a refreshing menu of Korean and Japanese fusion cuisine that includes an epic sushi bar bedecked with a bevy of vibrant nigiri, maki, and sashimi options. Lance a fresh appetizer of assorted sashimi ($10) with chopsticks before treating tummies to a chromatically dazzling Kanisu cucumber-skin roll stuffed with a choice of salmon, tuna, crabstick, eel, or the memoirs of a grizzled fisherman ($9.50). Combo plates advocating sashimi and sushi matrimony include the Chirashi which adorns a bowl of sushi rice with assorted fish-stuffed flavor tubes ($20), and the Three Musketeers, which gathers a merry band of tuna, california, and salmon rolls for a swashbuckling assault on unsuspecting taste buds ($12). Ninja's dimly lit interior boasts private party rooms, karaoke, and sleek modern décor adorned with jagged Japanese characters, glowing orbs hanging from the ceiling, and televisions tuned to the latest in sumo swing-dancing competitions.
From the moment you walk in, it's clear that Moonchine Asian Bistro is up to far more than pan-Asian eats. High-backed banquettes, jet-black walls, and soft red lighting all give rise to a clubby vibe; after 9 p.m., Moonchine turns into a full-on lounge with the help of dance DJs, bottle service, and even the occasional poetry performance or high-stakes geography bee. Miami New Times hailed Moonchine as "the gem of the Mimo District," advising guests to "arrive around 6 p.m., have a few rolls, and then head to the music lounge to warm up the dancing shoes."
Indoors and in the huge garden area, bartenders keep spirits high by mixing specialty cocktails and recommending bottles of sake from an extensive list. Which isn't to say that food's an afterthought?indeed, chefs have a lot on their plates, so to speak, juggling Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, and Korean culinary traditions. House-made kimchi mingles with creative sushi rolls, classic Thai and Indochinese dishes anchor one large corner of the menu, and there's even an almost-traditional bistro section: mussels, duck, and a "thai burger," each given light Asian accents of their own.
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.