Miami Spice

Miami Spice 2018: Ten Restaurants for Sushi and Sashimi

Miami Spice returns August 1. For two months, indulge in prix fixes ($23 for lunch and brunch, and $39 for dinner) at more than 240 restaurants across town.

Running through September 30, the program was started 17 years ago by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau as a way to promote the city's restaurants to visitors and locals. Since its inception, Spice has grown to include hundreds of participating restaurants across Miami-Dade County.

Here are menu highlights from ten of this year's restaurants offering sushi, sashimi, and other raw-fish dishes.
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Katsuya South Beach. The Spice dinner menu, which is offered weekdays only, boasts crispy rice topped with spicy tuna and a chef's choice platter of sushi or sashimi. Top it off with dessert. Instead of limiting yourself to one choice, opt for two — warm doughnuts with passionfruit, and assorted mochi ice cream — for an extra $4. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-455-2995; sbe.com.
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NaiYaRa. This Miami Beach restaurant is serving its signature Shoma roll during Spice. It's made with spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, jalapeño, and yuzu miso and topped with tuna tataki. The dinner menu also offers stir-fry udon with chicken; skirt steak with black pepper, bok choi, and garlic chips; and a vanilla flan with passionfruit sorbet. 1854 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-275-6005; naiyara.com.
Blue Ribbon. In South Beach, Blue Ribbon, the famed New York City brand's first Miami outpost, offers one of the most generous sushi and sashimi dinner menus. Highlights include kanpachi usuzukuri, where thinly sliced amberjack is topped with yuzu pepper and yuzu ponzu; a sushi platter with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, whitefish, albacore, mackerel, shrimp, and a choice of one roll; and a sashimi plate with three pieces each of tuna, salmon, mackerel, and whitefish. 336 21st St., Miami Beach; 305-800-0404; blueribbonrestaurants.com.
Azabu Miami Beach. Based on a sister concept in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood that earned a Michelin star for serving traditional and somewhat affordable omakase, Azabu Miami Beach offers a sushi bowl on its nightly Spice dinner menu. An order includes a day's selection of mixed sashimi, which is served over warm sushi rice. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520; azabuglobal.com.
Zuma. During lunch, Zuma serves a sashimi selection with avocado and ikura as an entrée. Otherwise, the Spice dinner menu includes two add-ons: a chef's sashimi selection with two slices each of three kinds of fish or a nigiri platter with five kinds of fish ($22 to $25). 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-577-0277; zumarestaurant.com.
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