Miami, FL 33155
- Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Sunday 5:30 to 10 p.m.
- $$; $$$; $$$$
- Wheelchair accessible, Kid Friendly, Takeout
- Lunch, Dinner
- Free Parking, Parking Lot Available
- Reservations Accepted
When a Japanese restaurant is packed nightly with regulars and Asian patrons, you know you won't be seeing just some South Beach-style mango/jalapeño/piña colada sushi rolls on the menu. Since 1988, Matsuri — tucked in the middle of a random strip mall on Bird Road just west of Coral Gables — has been one of the best spots for authentic and astonishingly affordable sushi. The menu offers dozens upon dozens of options, ranging from soups and tempura to sashimi plates to deep-fried seafood and à la carte sushi and sashimi. The biggest draw, however, are the numerous traditional Japanese delicacies rarely found in the States. They're often scrawled on the specials board at the front of the dining room, where you'll see everything from ankimo monkfish liver (often likened to foie gras) to nama uni — sparkling-fresh sea urchin that tastes like a delicate custard with a salty kick. What's also always available: toro, the buttery belly of tuna that can be ordered as either sashimi or sushi, and it's priced far better than the offerings at high-profile spots. Insider tip: You won't get an English-language menu or much help ordering, so review a menu before you sit down, and be prepared to order dishes you might not be familiar with if you want to sample around, especially off that specials board.
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