Brickell Japanese

Sumi Yakitori

This week’s review is up for a change of cuisine! I visited Sumi Yakitori in the heart of Brickell and was I surprised by how good this place is. I had seen the small–emphasis on small!–restaurant many times before, but I had never ventured to try it. I’m not too big on Asian food anyways, so I didn’t feel like I was missing much. Over the weekend, however, we ended up there because we were in the area and looking for sushi. I was also looking for a new place to write about, so it was a win-win situation, right? So, we went in and started looking over the menu. I had to try the fried rice (because I love rice), but I also wanted to pick at some other things. We ended up with the Mr. 305 sushi, beef yakitori, pork belly rice bowl and stir fried pork ginger. Oh, and I can’t forget about the sake and Sapporo beer! Those made the night even better.

Starting with the beef yakitori (to see the picture, click here!), they were way too good. I never expected such tender meat from an Asian restaurant. It comes on a skewer (each order brings just one), but it’s worth ordering several. It also makes for a great appetizer while the main dishes are prepared. The Mr. 305 and stir fried pork ginger came at the same time, both of which were just as good as the beef skewers. The pork ginger was tender as well, and it came mixed with onions that were bathed in sauce and made it all the better. It’s a decently-sized plate, but given that we’re apparently insatiable, we went for the fried rice too. In short, it is possibly the best fried rice I’ve tried thus far in Miami (if you know any better let me know!!). Knowing me, I obviously had to go again to keep trying more good plates, so we went again. And my palate wasn’t let down. We went for pork belly yakitori, with meat so tender and the sauce so delicious–the same one used on the beef–we kept lathering the pork with the sauce left on the plate (don’t judge!). Finally, we also ordered two new sushi, Roll 69 and spicy tuna.

I liked the spicy tuna, but I prefer the one in SugarCane (review below). The other roll, nonetheless, was really good! It was similar to Mr. 305 with the shrimp tempura, but a little more elaborate, topped with tempura flakes and mayo, among other things. Overall, it’s a great little restaurant that I’m very likely to visit again before the week is over! The sushi comes with shrimp tempura and krab, topped with tuna and salmon and a jalapeño sauce (but don’t worry it’s not too spicy). The stir fried was too good–and I had actually ordered that one by mistake! The pork ginger was tender as well, and it came mixed with onions that were bathed in sauce and made it all the better. It’s a decently-sized plate, but given that we’re apparently insatiable, we went for the fried rice too. In short, it is possibly the best fried rice I’ve tried thus far in Miami (if you know any better let me know!!).

Knowing me, I obviously had to go again to keep trying more good plates, so we went again. And my palate wasn’t let down. We went for pork belly yakitori, with meat so tender and the sauce so delicious–the same one used on the beef–we kept lathering the pork with the sauce left on the plate (don’t judge!). Finally, we also ordered two new sushi, Roll 69 and spicy tuna. I liked the spicy tuna, but I prefer the one in Sugarcane. The other roll, nonetheless, was really good! It was similar to Mr. 305 with the shrimp tempura, but a little more elaborate, topped with tempura flakes and mayo, among other things. Overall, it’s a great little restaurant that I’m very likely to visit again before the week is over!

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