Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood is home to some of our favorite restaurants, and now we can add another one to the list: Azabu Miami Beach. The New York-based Michelin-starred sushi restaurant has opened a new outpost inside Stanton South Beach, joining Lolo’s Surf Cantina in providing locals and visitors an assortment of delectable fare.
Take your time perusing the menu at Azabu. It’s lengthy, and you can expect hot and cold items, robata offerings, maki and much more. Don’t worry if you can’t make up your mind — the stellar service has your back. That’s how we discovered delicious bites like the Hamachi Yuzu (daikon and cucumber wrapped with hamachi) and Tomorokoshi Tempura (crispy corn fritters), which burst with flavor.
Maki maniacs have many reasons to celebrate: Super-fresh rolls abound, including a glorious Spicy Tuna roll. We know what you’re thinking: “You can find that roll just about anywhere.” That’s true, but not like this one: The fish is next-level fresh, and you can taste the difference. Enjoy your fish simple sans rice? Treat yourself to the Tora Tabe Kurabe, a tasty tuna flight that includes the fatty AF o-toro. We’re focusing on tuna a lot because we love it, but there’s a wide variety of fish to choose from, including amberjack, salmon and golden eye snapper.
While the maki, nigiri and sashimi get a lot of attention, they’re just one part of the vast menu. If you really want to go to town, the robata selections are the way to go. The Tarabagani Kanimiso Yaki — king crab with crab miso — had us licking our lips and debating a second order; it was that good. Similarly, udon fans should find joy in the Ebi-Ten Udon; shrimp tempura makes everything better. Just make sure you balance it with a side of Roku-Shu Organic Yasai Seiro Mushi aka bamboo-steamed vegetables.
At this point in the meal, it’s unlikely you’ll have room for dessert. If you have the space or come with a big group, though, the shaved ice is a must. It’s surprisingly light, despite the appearance of a giant mountain of shaved ice and strawberries. We think it’s worth squeezing into your second stomach.
A la carte isn’t the only option at Azabu. Make a reservation for The Den if you’re in the mood for a multi-course sensory experience. The hidden, intimate venue hosts omakase tastings to give guests that traditional Japanese feel. But whether you opt for omakase or a la carte, one thing’s for sure: You’re in for a good time.