The super team of Myles Chefetz and Executive Chef Michael Schwartz added Shoji Sushi to the team’s highly successful restaurants, Nemo and Big Pink, all on the same city block.
Opened in March 2001, Shoji Sushi is the still point where East meets West. By incorporating Japanese and North American sensibilities throughout its décor, tableware and presentation, Shoji Sushi is a serene yet au courant environment. The coupling of authentic Japanese cuisine with outstanding service yields a Zen-like experience for the palate and the senses.
Shoji Sushi features South Beach’s first table height sushi bar allowing customers to have an unobstructed view of the sushi chefs at work. Chefetz and Schwartz have carefully studied the Japanese Zen mentality – clean, fast, organized and quiet – and bring this to the table in a warm sophisticated setting.
The comprehensive menu includes soups (Miso, Oyster Miso and Spicy Seafood), salads (3 Radish, Wakame, Fresh Hearts of Palm and more) and a wide selection of appetizers including Yakitori, Sake Steamed Mussels, Tuna and Salmon Tartare and Shin’s Crispy Noodles, among many other choices. The menu continues with a selection of Tempura, Ceviche (the sampler includes a 1/2 order of each selection), and a variety of steamed or char grilled entrées served with steamed vegetables, white or brown rice and dipping sauces. Sushi and Sashimi are available by the piece (2 pieces in each order) or by the platter. Hand rolls and inside out or cut rolls are also on the menu.
Desserts are $5 each and include Ginger Crème Brûlée, Green Tea Cheesecake, Homemade Ginger Ale Float, Warm Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Crème and Passion Fruit Coulis and Homemade Ice Cream and Sorbets.
Shoji Sushi offers cold sake on tap, flights of cold sake and the more traditional hot sake served in Japanese-style sake cups. In addition to the sake bar, there is a thorough, yet eclectic wine list and full bar. Specialty drinks include Gingertinis, Sakatinis, and Espressotinis.
The beautifully designed dining room seats 50 and the sushi bar seats 15 — best seats in the house for viewing the Japanese animation, Godzilla flicks and Sumo wrestling aired on the video monitors. For those who want an intimate corner the Jellyfish Lounge seats 16 and the outdoor garden seats 50. The Sake Bar (seating five) is perfect for those dining solo or just stopping by for Sake on tap.
Shoji Sushi is located at 100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.576.6868