26 Sushi & Tapas

9487 Harding Ave.
Surfside, FL 33154
305-570-2626

Details

  • Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Full service bar, Family Style, Kosher
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended
You might think a restaurant that keeps kosher is hamstringing itself, limiting what it can do as far as ingredients, techniques, and flavors. You realize how wrong you are shortly after starting a meal inside Surfside's stark-white 26 Sushi & Tapas. The place is run by the Chang family, and patriarch Fernando has long been trusted by Miami's religious Jewish community as the city's best kosher sushi chef. Yet it's his children, Valerie and Fernando, continuing his legacy. The siblings butcher more than a thousand fish a week while deploying sweet-and-sour pickled daikon and carrots to spin and deepen the flavors of a classic corvina ceviche. The biting, round notes meld beautifully with piquant leche de tigre, while the nutty crunch of crushed peanuts with a dash of sesame oil fills out each bite. Find similar nuance in a ceviche with a rocoto-based kimchee tossed with rubies of tuna, Fresno peppers, and watermelon radishes. A smattering of roasted nori provides idyllic whiffs of the ocean.

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