Kissaki: South Beach’s New Sushi Sensation

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South Beach’s culinary scene received a sophisticated addition with the debut of Kissaki, a New York-based Japanese restaurant renowned for its modern take on traditional Japanese dining. 

Situated in the vibrant South of Fifth neighborhood, this establishment marks Kissaki’s only venture outside of New York, promising an unforgettable gastronomic journey for locals and tourists alike.

Spicy Cucumber Salad

So, where to start? Begin your culinary adventure here with the refreshing spicy cucumber salad, a harmonious blend of crisp cucumbers, crunchy garlic sauce, togarashi, and sesame. The heat is perfectly balanced, leaving your palate invigorated and ready for more.

Salmon and Ikura and The Tuna Lover Rolls

For sushi aficionados, there’s no shortage of classic and signature options available. You can stick to traditional and delicious fare like the spicy tuna and salmon or liven things up with some of the eatery’s more creative rolls.

Case in point: The Tuna Lover Roll is a must-try. This decadent creation features three cuts of tuna, each showcasing a unique texture and flavor profile. The combination is simply sublime, a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

Equally impressive is the Salmon and Ikura Roll, a delightful marriage of fresh salmon and delicate ikura. The flavors are bright and clean, with the texture of the ikura adding a playful element. For those seeking a taste of the sea’s bounty, the nigiri and sashimi flights are worth a look. Each slice of fish is impeccably fresh, highlighting the subtle nuances of the ocean’s finest offerings. These are a great way to make the most of Kissaki’s varied menu, as are the impressive omakase offerings. 

Kissaki Baked Crab

No visit to Kissaki would be complete without indulging in their signature baked crab roll. This wonderful treat is filled with succulent meat, umami mayo, and kosho butter. The mix of textures and flavors is a highlight here. Just note that three come to an order; we thought they were individual hand rolls—we don’t regret that tasty mistake, though. 

Matcha Tiramisu

Beyond the starters and mains, you’ll find a wide array of light and decadent desserts. For something on the “oh-god-I-am-so-full-but-I-have-room-for-dessert” side of things, consider a simple black sesame ice cream. If you have the space, though, go all out with the matcha tiramisu or peach cobbler. 


Drink-wise, you’ll find that sake, cocktails, win, and beer are all available, as are several great mocktails. The regular prices for food and drinks here are already hard to beat, but the restaurant’s generous happy hour makes everything even more budget-friendly—be sure to check it out and get even more bang for your buck. 

Ultimately, Kissaki Miami is more than just a meal; it’s a culinary adventure that engages all your senses. From the artful presentation of each dish to the impeccable service and inviting ambiance, every detail is meticulously curated to ensure a truly memorable dining experience. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking a taste of Japanese culinary artistry, Kissaki Miami is a South Beach destination that should not be missed.

Geoffrey Anderson

Geoffrey Anderson Jr. is a contributing/staff writer for Dish Miami. For over six years, he has covered the South Florida dining scene with his wife for the award-winning local food blog Miami Food Pug. When he's not writing about food, he's eating it—or attending rock concerts and traveling.

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