Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Sushi Nakazawa Pop-Up@Miami

Sushi Nakazawa Pop-Up at Four Seasons Miami. Not Jiro's type of Sushi. Too Americanized... or better categorized as "Fusion Omakase". Daisuke Nakazawa, apprentice of Jiro (Dreams of Sushi), seems to be a hype in America. Wasn't sure about the sashimi with strawberry, unless if they have a really good reason. Mediocre service. They only talked to people they know. When we were at Jiro Sukiyabashi in Tokyo,  we asked Jiro's team about Nakazaya. Unfortunately, they told us that they felt like they have been betrayed (their name was being used). 19-Course for $250 per person. Sake was overpriced. However, this review is specific to the pop-up menu. Went to their Michelin-star New York location in 2019. It was ok but not wow. Dinner was 2 hours. LA branch opening soon.

Here is Jiro Sukiyabashi at Roppongi Hills location for comparison:

Tamago Toast

Soy Marinated King Salmon

Hotate (Sea Scallop)


Bigfin Reef Ika (Squid) with Shiso Leaf

Tai (Japanese Seabream)

Smoked Bonito

Wagyu Beef

Wagyu Beef with Truffle

Soy Marinated Chum Ikura (Salmon Roe)

Uni (Sea Urchin)

Anago (Sea Eel)

Japanese Tea

Sake Menu

14 Thirty-Five (Oct 7 - Nov 13, 2021 pop-up)
Four Seasons Miami
1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 358-3535

Friday, November 19, 2021

Naoe@Miami ★★★

Exquisite Kaiseki x Omakase Cuisine. Beautiful craftsmanship. Historic soy sauce & Sake came from Chef Kevin's family breweries founded in 1800's. Exceptional service. Wendy was amazing. We chatted about Japan, Japanese restaurants in LA & Miami during the 3.5 hours dinner and left the restaurant at 12:30am. Limited to 5 seats during pandemic. $280 per person plus 20% service charge. 5 mins walking from Mandarin Oriental.

Chef's Choice Shokado Bento

Oyster Soup

Nichiei "Glory of the Sun" Daiginjyo $170
from Nakamura Shuzou, Chef Kevin's family brewery in Ishikawa, founded in 1800's
50% Polished (very smooth) Yamadanishiki Rice
SMV +5, Acidity 1.6 (clean & dry), ABV 15-16%

Grilled Karasumi (Mullet Roe)

Oyster & Ankimo (Monkfish Liver)

Naoe Soy Sauce from Chef Kevin's family's breweries

Had the restaurant to ourselves

The only sign of the restaurant storefront is a business card

Wendy and Chef Kevin

661 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 947-6263