Japanese Elixir: The Top 5 Sake Joints in Miami

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1 RA Sushi

There's never a dull moment in the RA. The music is pumping, the mood is upbeat and the sake is stimulating. From Kizakura Pure to Kizakura Stars to Yaegaki Nigori Sake and Hakatsuru Draft, RA has the sake game down. Executive chef of RA Sushi Tai Obata draws upon his rich culinary background and applies his passion for superior cuisine to achieve perfection for every guest.
5829 Southwest 73 St, Miami 305.341.0092 201 SW 145th Terrace, Shops at Pembroke 954.342.5454 www.rasushi.com

2 Red Koi

The red koi fish is considered a symbol of endurance and perseverance, a Japanese homophone meaning love and affection. At Red Koi they do exactly that: unite a love for fine Asian cuisine in their own unique Japanese/Thai blend signature of Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge. Located in Miami's historical Coral Gables, their atmosphere exemplifies Asian fusion incorporating Miami's diverse melting pot culture and climate. With experienced chefs and innovative, delectable cuisine, their restaurant invites a warm setting ideal for business professionals, families and friends alike. Come share a glass of sake with a friend while enjoying premium music in the Red Koi Lounge, a recently established hotspot.
317 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables www.redkoilounge.com

3 Sake Room

At Sake Room, customers delight with a large variety of tartars, innovative rolls and one of the larges selections of sake in South Florida. For diners looking beyond typical Japanese cuisine, Sake Room is always an excellent choice for great atmosphere and a lively sake lineup.
1800 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305.755.0122 www.sakeroom.com

4 Sushi Samba

Miami Beach’s favorite multi-cultural restaurant, SUSHISAMBA dromo expansive sake menu is the largest in South Florida, boasting nearly 50 varieties of the rice-based spirit. Want to learn more about sake beyond experiencing it at the star-studded restaurant? SUSHISAMBA dromo offers Floridians and visitors alike an opportunity to sample sake and learn special culinary techniques from the sushi and sake experts of SUSHISAMBA dromo. The class is offered bi-monthly under the leadership of SUSHISAMBA dromo’s beverage director, Mackenzie Parks. Beverage expert Parks will touch on a variety of the sakes available at the restaurant; beginning the course with an introduction to the traditions and history of sake followed by a lesson in sake pairings. Students are then treated to SUSHISAMBA’s history lesson on sushi and an in-depth instruction on the selecting and cutting of raw fish. Following the tutorial, students can put to practice their lessons by creating their own custom sushi roll. Sushi and Sake classes are held bi-monthly on Wednesday evenings at 7 to 9 p.m. The two-hour class offers an educational experience, which includes five flights of sake and a sushi sampler platter for the price of $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included). To reserve a space for one of the upcoming classes or to learn more, call SUSHISAMBA dromo at 305.673.5337.
600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 305.673.5337 www.sushisamba.com

5 Cafe Sambal

Café Sambal is a top dining destination for sake and more in Miami. The Sushi and Sake Bar features an extensive menu of delectable sushi and an impressive selection of sake, by the carafe or bottle. The all-day dining restaurant seats 54 inside and spills out to a partially covered terrace where 106 seats allow guests to dine by the shimmering bay or the glow of the downtown Miami skyline. There are five separate entrances, allowing hotel guests easy access to the restaurant whether they’ve been sunning by the pool or pampering themselves at The Spa. Strong on flair and flavor, Café Sambal takes the concept of all day dining well beyond that of the typical hotel bistro, featuring a versatile, distinctive menu encompassing specialties from the East with an unparalleled sushi and sake menu.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami 305.913.8288 www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/dining/cafe_sambal/
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