If you know the difference between real and fake wasabi, a Kardashian and a Kardashian hanger-on, and Hermes and Hervé Léger, plan a date for Makoto at the Bal Harbour Shops, where all of the aforementioned (except the faux-sabi) peacefully coexist. Snag a seat near the open kitchen and catch Chef Makoto Okuwa in action, prepping exceptional plates of black cod, toro tartare, and pretty much an unabridged what’s what of awesome Japanese cuisine. If you prefer to watch the parade of jet-setters valet park their Ferraris, Bentleys, and Benzes, consider a seat outside, where you’ll be as entertained as you are well fed. Either way, you’ll feel like an A-lister, as the service is attentive, and the surroundings glamorous. The room is modern and stylish, but understated enough that it won’t distract from either the food or the romance. Keep the celebratory mood going by toasting with Asian-inflected cocktails, like a lychee martini, or a sake colada. If conversation ever slows, just take a quick look around the room and see who can point out the most bold-faced names. Though you and your loved one may share bites at the table, consider keeping the fried rice to yourself—it may be the best you ever taste.


9700 Collins Ave Bal Harbour FL 33154

(305) 864-8600

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