Though you may think of it as the ideal takeout food for when you want to stay in and watch movies, sharing sushi with your friends can make for the perfect bonding experience before a night on the town. Miami sushi is some of the best around (in this hemisphere, anyway), and the restaurants that serve it are always glad to accommodate groups. Here are five of our favorites spots in the Magic City to pick up your chopsticks and enjoy the freshest fish with your favorite people.
South Beach Sushi
Pubbelly Sushi presents a creative, artistic take on sushi dishes, such as the yuzu truffle-oil-dressed yellowtail roll and the chef’s crunchy version of traditional tuna rolls, served with crispy rice. The dishes may sound a touch high-end, but the atmosphere is friendly. You needn’t fear any disdainful glances as you amuse your friends with your less-than-stellar chopstick skills, or learn the hard way how much wasabi is too much wasabi.
Hiro’s Sushi Express, on the other hand, is casual in ambiance and famous for fast service–just the place to enjoy a quick, delicious yellowfin and salmon sushi roll before hitting up your favorite South Beach dance club. Alternatively, settle in at Toni’s Sushi, the district’s first Japanese restaurant, where you pair the subtle taste of toro tartare — a juicy cut of tuna — with the knockout flavor of spicy wasabi ceviche served in a boat-shaped wooden bowl.
Downtown Miami Sushi
If you and your pals prefer the sophistication of downtown Miami over the dance beats of South Beach, head to Zuma Japanese Restaurant on trendy Biscayne Boulevard, where you can savor tender tuna sashimi and exotic sea urchin as you gaze out onto Miami’s glittering skyline. Or, aim for hip atmosphere at Doraku Sushi, where a deejay pumps out chillaxing tunes as you dine on delicious rolls and tender edamame pods. The dimmed lights in this chic space set the perfect mood for the rest of your evening, though you’ll still feel a pang of disappointment when you finish off the last delicious red dragon roll.
No matter which of the dozens of Miami sushi restaurants you choose, end your meal with a steaming hot sake and call out a hearty “Kanpai!” in honor of a great night out with friends.