9700 Collins Avenue
Bal Harbour , Florida
Tel: 305 864 8600
Concierge.com's insider take:
Restaurateur Stephen Starr of Buddakan and Morimoto fame opened this high-design restaurant inside the Bal Harbour Shops (across from Versace, next to Marc Jacobs) in March 2011. The accolades—not to mention ridiculously good-looking patrons—keep rolling in. For the best people-watching as you dine, snag one of the curved wooden booths near the front of the restaurant (there's outdoor seating on the back patio and in the open-air mall's courtyard). Executive chef Makoto Okuwa's Japanese cuisine hits the right note between classic and modern. Robata (grilled specials) include Japanese eggplant topped with bonito flakes, chicken, king crab, and tiger prawns that arrive sizzling on a slate of river stone. The sushi and sashimi platters pair rolls with hamachi and chutoro (medium fatty tuna) as well as orange clams, sweet shrimp, and live scallops.—Terry Ward
Open Mondays through Thursdays 11:30 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 am to midnight, and Sundays 11:30 am to 10 pm.