How many omakase restaurants are too many? Should we simply let the floodgates open for as many leave-it-to-you sushi restaurants as our stomachs can manage? Or should the city’s restriction be set at a sensible number—say 10? One additional omakase restaurant is expected to join the group this month, suggesting that Miami is choosing the latter.
On September 20, Sushi | Bar opens on Espaola Way, bringing one of Austin’s most well-liked omakase restaurants to the Esmé Miami Beach Hotel’s ground floor. One of the few female omakase chefs in the nation, executive chef Ambrely Ouimette, oversees the 12-seat counter, which promises inventive takes on sushi classics using only the freshest fish flown in from Japan, Australia, and California.
The menu will change frequently, if not daily, but customers can typically anticipate finding a number of Ouimette’s signature dishes. Such as kanpachi with pineapple, passionfruit, shishito vinaigrette, and shaved coconut. As well as aged bluefin akami with dehydrated red miso and everything bagel spice.
At certain moments during the tasting experience, Miami-only exclusives that emphasize local seafood will be introduced. Ouimette says she’s eager to “embrace the tropical flavors that Miami has to offer by supporting local and developing with the season” and adds she wants Sushi | Bar to be seen as the “Banksy of the industry” if traditional sushi is considered to be an art form.
Sushi Bar will be offering a 17-course dinner for $145 per person. Cocktails, wine, beer, and sake drink pairings will be offered for an extra fee. Everyone is given a free welcome drink, which is perfect for celebrating the opening of the newest omakase restaurant.