Search More

Locations

Makoto

9700 Collins Ave., 107 Bal Harbour, FL 33154 | North Dade | 305-864-8600

Location Description:

Makoto, the new Japanese restaurant in the Bal Harbour Shops, is sure to bring comparisons to Nobu and Zuma. Like those two swank, local pillars of contemporary Asian cuisine, Makoto is orchestrated by a notable chef with a yen for producing pristine sushi and exquisite interpretations of his native foods. The 200-seat indoor/outdoor venue is located on the south end of the genteel mall, parallel with but distanced from Carpaccio and La Goulue. Makoto's lovely earth-toned, distressed-oak-wood-dominant décor is organic-looking and Zen some. Makoto Okuwa is a serious practitioner of his craft, yet a sense of whimsy weaves its way through many dishes. Signature among his starters is "frosty kobe fried rice," a combo of warm foie gras and chilled beef. Even the standard Caprese salad gets a face-lift: momotaro tomatoes (a rich, sweet/tangy hybrid that's popular in Japan) layered with silken tofu. Exceptional sushi/sashimi selections cover a wide swath of ocean - hotate (live scallop), aoyagi (orange clam), and shime saba (cured Japanese mackerel) to name a few. And your jaw will drop at the lusciousness of four skewered cubes of truffle/miso-glazed short ribs from the robata. Main courses encompass five seafood ($14 to $23.50), three composed meat dishes ($13.50 to $19.50), and a trio of Wagyu steaks - including juicy red strips of marinated skirt steak piled atop one another on a grated binchotan grill. Seafood hotpot is another winning entrée, featuring a few each of shrimp, jumbo scallops, plump mussels, and squares of grouper cuddled in a mildly spicy lemongrass-based broth. Makoto in Bal Harbour serves Japanese cuisine that is on the same elevated plane as its elite competition.


Related Stories (22)

Details

  • Cuisine(s): Contemporary, Japanese, Sushi
  • Hours: Sun 11:30am-10pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-0am
  • Price: $$$$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Recommended, Online Reservations Available
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Vegetarian Friendly

Related Stories

  • Short Order: Gastronomic Gatherings
    John "the Sake Guy" Gauntner hosted a special sake pairing dinner last night at Makoto. The five-course meal paired sake handpicked by Gauntner with dishes by chef Makoto Okuwa. Reps from...
  • Short Order: Booze Hound
    Most people agree that Mondays are evil. They're the dependable buzzkill to our weekend-long party. Fortunately, living in the Magic City means fun events aren't reserved just for Fridays....
  • Short Order: Food News
    The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for the 2014 Restaurant and Chef award categories today, and a smattering of Miami culinary professionals made the list. The total...
  • Short Order: Chef Interviews
    Antonio Bachour is one of the best pastry chefs in Miami. At the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, he creates stunning desserts layered with tropical fruits, sorbets, crémeux, and mousse. Here,...
  • Short Order: Best of Miami
    Miami, you take food fusions to a whole other level. You have pastelito hamburgers, sweet plantain ice cream, and Chinese bao buns stuffed with lechón asado. But you're even crazier when...
  • Short Order: Chef Interviews
    Michelle Bernstein will drive for food. The James Beard Award-winning chef of Michy's ventures north to Lauderhill for Korean barbecue, down to South Miami for Middle Eastern fare, and east...
  • Dining: Reviewed
    Jose Mendin knows good food. As director of culinary operations for the Pubbelly Hospitality Group, the chef oversees some of the most popular kitchens in town — an impressive array...
  • Short Order: Miami Spice
    There's no shortage of glamour at Makoto Okuwa's Bal Harbour restaurant. It hits you before you step inside the dimly lit, black and light brown space. You've schlepped yourself clear...
  • Short Order: Chef Interviews
    Where the Chefs Eat is a series in which we ask Miami chefs to list their favorite local restaurants. In this installment, we spoke to Makoto Okuwa -- chef of Makoto in Bal Harbour -- about...
  • Short Order: Booze Hound
    According to an Open Table survey recently published, 51 percent of respondents plan to head out to a restaurant for a romantic Valentine's Dinner.Most every Miami spot is planning a...
  • Dining: Reviewed
    At his Brickell noodle house, Momi Ramen, which opened in December, Jeffrey Chen ties a black bandanna printed with white skulls tightly across his scrunched forehead. He works silently...
  • Short Order: Review
    At his Brickell noodle house, Momi Ramen, which opened in December, Jeffrey Chen ties a black bandanna printed with white skulls tightly across his scrunched forehead. He works silently...
  • Short Order: Chef Interviews
    See also: Miami Is Like Vegas; Cooking From One Country to Another, From NYC to Miami and San Diego Roots.As world-renowned chefs flock to open outposts in our little piece of paradise,...
  • Short Order: Miami Spice
    Miami Spice Price Rise in 2012As soon as the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau announced last month that it would be raising the Miami Spice price $4 for the "luxury" class of...
  • Short Order: Best of Miami
    Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Don't forget to check out the full...
  • Short Order: Favorite Dishes
    It's that time of year when we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any...
  • Short Order: Neighborhood Joints
    When it comes to prix-fixe menus, the selections l are usually hit-or-miss. However in the case of Makoto, the Asian beauty in the Bal Harbour Shops, the anniversary menu boasts all the best...
  • Short Order: Best of Miami
    Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Sushi seems so easy -- raw fish, rice,...
  • Dining: Reviewed
    Less than a decade ago, Miami had arguably the worst dining scene of any famous city in America. If you wanted a great meal back then, you were better off heading to Ohio. (Seriously,...
  • Short Order: Top List
    We recognized Zuma as Best New Restaurant in our most recent "Best of Miami" issue. Yet a number of other excellent dining establishments have come to town over the past year -- many...
  • Dining: Reviewed
    Makoto, a new Japanese restaurant in the Bal Harbour Shops, is sure to bring comparisons to Nobu, Zuma, and Sugarcane. Like those popular spots, it is orchestrated by a noteworthy chef with...
  • Short Order: Favorite Dishes
    As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please...

Best of Award Recipient

Loading...