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Elsa Pataky

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MIAMI LIVING 107 In one of her GOOP newsletters last winter, actress Gwyneth Paltrow wrote about the places in Paris she likes the most, which include a restaurant called Kinugawa, where, Paltrow said, City of Lights locals and visitors can find "a lovely bowl of miso soup, [and] some beautiful sashimi." This got Miami Living craving to find out what are the best places in Miami offering the same. After all, following one delicious desserts feature and not one, but two stories about the very best steakhouses in town by switching gears and sinking our teeth into the best sushi joints the Magic City has to offer sounded like a good idea. You may call it excessive, gluttonous, or indulgent—but we prefer … research. And, whadda ya know, we are telling you all about it. So work up an appetite and rev up your engines, because from south to north, we've got you covered. Let's start in South Miami, where RA Sushi (5829 S.W. 73 rd St., (305) 341-0092) reigns supreme as the after-work hot spot. Dining at RA Sushi is an experience. Shakira thinks so—that is why she celebrated her birthday here in January. This place is fun and hip and loud. And the menu is not only delicious but a bargain—for instance, the Viva Las Vegas Roll ($13) is as terrific as it is popular. Ditto the Yellow Monkey Roll ($10.25). If the siren song of South Beach should ring in your ear, hop onto U.S. 1 and head on over to Hot Tuna (764 Washington Ave., (1-877) FLA-TUNA), which offers guests an irresistible combination of decadent Asian- fusion cuisine (think iced Florida Gulf shrimp or Kobe beef potstickers) and live entertainment. Up the street is Toni's (1208 Washington Ave., (305) 673-9368). Yours truly used to live around the corner, so I can and will vouch for its neighborhood feel, out-of-this- world Sashimi Deluxe ($30), and heavenly worth-every-red-penny Volcano Chocolate Soufflé ($7). If you prefer the hustle and bustle of Lincoln Road and are in the mood for a taste of not one, not two, but three cuisines (Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian), then SushiSamba dromo (600 Lincoln Road, (305) 673-5337) is for you. The Japanese pub Shiso (1418 20 th St., (305) 672-1119) north of Lincoln Road has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors who cannot resist its black truffle edamame ($5) or the yellowtail tataki ($14). Hidden away in North Miami Beach is Katana (920 71 st St., (305) 864-0037), a darkly lit, must-sit-less-25, unmarked space where the food is expertly prepared right in front of you, and sent down on sushi boats floating by your table with different-color, reasonably priced plates on top (and at $1.50-$3.50—nothing on the menu, other than certain drinks, exceeds $7—we mean reasonably, indeed). And then, there is Hiro's Yakko-San (17044 W. Dixie Highway, (305) 947-0064). In its January/February issue, Details magazine dubbed it one of the country's best late-night eats, calling it Miami's "top spot for post-debauchery dining." Having visited the restaurant for the first time last fall, in the wee hours after Madonna's concert at Dolphin Stadium, ML has to agree: Hiro's hit the spot. Gwyneth Paltrow will always have Paris and all of the wonders it has to offer. But we have something better: We have Miami, and it never disappoints. This is not the time to take a long trip to Japan, as we are all aware, and now you do not have to. The Magic City truly has some of the best sushi restaurants in the country— and now you have delicious proof. ML DINING So … Sushi? Tour Japan in your own hometown Words by Martin Haro

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