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2Jul/11Off

REVIEW: Hiro Japanese Restaurant (North Miami Beach)

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Submitted by: Allan M.; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007 Date Submitted: 7/2/2011

Name: Hiro Japanese Restaurant
Address: 3007 NE 163rd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33160 305-948-3687
URL: http://www.hiro163.com/
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: The owner's of the infamous and popular Hiro's Yakko-san have parted ways and opened their own individual restaurants. This is part 1 of a 2-part review after the split up.

The "new" Hiro's is a disappointment and riding the reviews of the old place. What's left is a dirty restaurant with staff that
speak out any random Japanese words they know when a customer enters. Add this to the lounge and the neon lights and our group were uncomfortable from the start.

Their menu is still quite varied, with both sushi and traditional offerings. We ordered a selection of appetizers, sushi and a few
dishes we just had to try. The service was very good, in fact a bit annoying as we always had someone watching us or coming by as the restaurant wasn't full.

As our food began arriving (we asked for it to come as it was ready) we dived in to see what the new standards were like. To put it
bluntly, the food was a blight. The sushi was mostly frozen or less than stellar quality, over priced with small cuts of fish, the rolls worse with loose rice and fish of worse quality. Some of the fish actually had a weird taste to it that we couldn't place. The cooked dishes were no better. Tempura was oily, nasu eggplant was over cooked with a thick miso paste (and the wrong kind of eggplant), natto was warm and lost it pungency and the soups tasted prepackaged.

In the end, this incarnation of Hiro's does provide a wide range of dishes of authentic Japanese cuisine and American faire but the
lack in quality and exorbitant prices make this place nor worth anyone's time as the "good ol' days" are gone.

 


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11Jan/11Off

REVIEW: Joto Japanese Restaurant (Clearwater)

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Submitted by: Nina M.; Kochi, 2006-2009  Date Submitted: January 11, 2011

Name: Joto Japanese Restaurant
Address: 2549 Countryside Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33761
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review:  Sushi bar as well as traditional Japanese cuisine. All staff are Japanese speaking!!! They have delicious sushi, both authentic Japanese style and American style so there is something for everyone here. PLUS, the prices are affordable.

 

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11Jan/11Off

REVIEW: My Land Asian Market & Gifts (Dunedin)

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Submitted by: Nina M.; Kochi, 2006-2009 Date Submitted: January 11, 2011

Name: My Land Asian Market & Gifts
Address: 1338 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698-6251
Review Type: Business

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Review: This is a very tiny Asian market but I always seem to find exactly what I'm looking for. Most notably, I have found: Umeboshi, udon and dashi, furikake, instant ramen, vinegar for making sushi, rice ball molds and who could ever forget the endless supply of Ramune and Pocky. 

 

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2Jan/11Off

REVIEW: Asaka Japanese Restaurant (Aventura)

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Submitted by: Bahia S.; Gunma-ken, 2005-2007  Date Submitted: January 2, 2011

Name: Asaka Japanese Restaurant
Address: 20355 Biscayne Blvd Aventura, FL 33180 (305) 682-9331
URL: www.asakasushi.com
Rating Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: The  food was good, but I felt that the price was quite high for the amount of food  we got and the service was poor, bordering on rude.  For a place that is  Japanese run, the attention to detail that I look for was absent and the  waitstaff was surprisingly inattentive.  We only ordered the Shabu-Shabu  so this review only deals with their Shabu-Shabu sets - it's possible that we  didn't order enough food for the number of people, but we didn't find the  waitress very helpful, nor did she allow us to order more meat.  If I  lived nearby I would probably go again to try the other things on their menu,  but since I don't I doubt that I will go back.  I was also disappointed  that their sodas were not fountain and therefore did not have free refills - I  wish it said that on the menu because I would have ordered something else if I  had known.

The decor was nice and the place was fairly clean, and their private room was a  good size for our party of 10.


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17Dec/10Off

REVIEW: Marumi Sushi (Plantation)

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Submitted by: Allan M.; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007 Date Submitted: December 17, 2010

Name: Marumi Sushi
Address: 8271 W Sunrise Blvd Plantation,  FL 33322
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: Look this place up on the Internet and you'll see this is  hit-or-miss right down the middle. The reviews are either love it or hate it  with the best reviews from 2008 and the worst from 2009/2010.  Its tucked away  in a shopping center in Plantation that most people will miss and drive right  by, run by 2 Japanese chefs, one of which that used to work at Hiro's  Yakko-san, with minimal decor but an O.K. sake selection. There known for their  fish-any-way preparation where they take a fish in season and prepare it a few  ways. The prices seem reasonable for some items, steep for others.

I went there for the first time with a large group that raved about this place and were personal friends of the owner. The chef
gave us  his recommendations. The Crispy Bok Choi, Fish in Chili Sauce and the Dynamite  rolls were all deep-fried in the same oil, which tasted like the tray hadn't  been cleaned out and the oil wasn't hot enough. The sushi were either sauce  with rolls (not joking - The Dynamite looked like a huge plate of baby vomit)  or rolls with limp dry fish (the Rainbow and Tuna with Cilantro rolls looked  and tasted like roadkill).

Both the chicken teriyaki and salad were swimming in  sauce - it was like the chef just gave us different sauces and threw sushi
rolls or stuff in it. All of the sushi and entrees went unfinished except for  the edamame and shumai. Some of us ordered individual sushi and literally got  one piece of sushi with the netta the size of a
quarter.

Why a restaurant would give return customers/fans such a poor showing and not the signature fish-any-way or more sushi is beyond me.


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17Dec/10Off

REVIEW: Japanese Market (North Bay Village)

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Submitted by: Allan M.; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007   Date Submitted: December 17, 2010

Name: Japanese Market
Address: 1412 79th Street Cswy North Bay Village, FL 33141
URL: http://www.japanese-market.com/
Review Type: Business (Asian Market)

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Review: It's a rather large supermarket with a wide assortment of kitchen-stuffs, dry goods and numerous foodstuffs. The fridges are stocked with both frozen and fresh goodies and the supermarket gets Asian vegetables in twice a month (call ahead to be sure). There's also a periodical/book section, an alcohol section and the well known sushi bar/restaurant area run by the owner and daughter.

This supermarket has been here for a number of years and the owner is well established in the area. As often happens in this situation, the location can either gain in reputation or go downhill, and I have to say the later seems evident. The owner has been steadily raising his prices, even on sauces and Asian items found in other Asian supermarkets or your nearby Publix (even in the month I visited twice). Present and former customers have said the sushi quality and size has been decreasing and the owner has been less than polite to other customers when a native Japanese is present (talks more, bigger portions). So far I've eaten there twice, saw the rudeness once and the fish quality was far better, yet much smaller, than most Thai/sushi places everywhere in South Florida.


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17Dec/10Off

REVIEW: Sasaya Japanese Market (Ft. Lauderdale)

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Submitted by: Allan M..; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007   Date Submitted: December 17, 2010

Name: Sasaya Japanese Market
Address: 1956 E Sunrise Blvd. (GATEWAY SHOPPING CENTER)Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
URL: http://www.sasayajapanese.com/
Rating Type: Business (Asian Market)

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Review:  They have a nice assortment of Japanese kitchen basics on the shelves and in the fridges. The sushi counter is packed everyday at lunch and a steady stream of to-go orders, which is funny because there is a Japanese restaurant 3 stores down, so you know this place is doing something right. I sampled the combo plate to test the chef (and watched him make it) - the sashimi was well cut; nice assortment of fresh and frozen, and the sushi was well done also. Hamachi was great and salmon was melt in your mouth. I didn't try the rolls - not my thing. Miso soup was as authentic as it gets! I had a nice chat with the couple that ran the place. They were very polite and friendly.


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21Nov/10Off

REVIEW: Wasabi (Seffner)

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Submitted by: John M.; Nagano-ken, 2004-2005   Date Submitted: November 21, 2010

Name: Wasabi
Address: 11780 MLK Jr. Blvd Seffner, FL 33584
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: This strip-mall sushi place is not to be confused with the Japanese-owned Wasabi steakhouse and sushi restaurant located in New Tampa.  In fact, if you've been in the latter, merely stepping into the former would relieve any confusion.

This Wasabi is bright and new, and operated by Chinese and Thai.  It has the feel of an Asian fast-food place.  Orders are placed at the register and paid in advance, food is delivered to the table by the cashier.  The menu has the standard American sushi fare along with several Thai noodle and curry dishes.  But don't expect too much in the way of actual Japanese food.  For fast Thai, it wasn't bad.  Prices are reasonable for a quick lunch with an Asian flavor.  But make sure to get your receipt and check it (they default them to the trash).  I was overcharged for something and had no way to sort it out.

If you are in Seffner and dying for Asian food, this place won't kill you, but I'd suggest driving the three miles to Brandon.


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20Nov/10Off

REVIEW: Sasaya Japanese Market (Ft. Lauderdale)

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Submitted by: Bahia S.; Gunma-ken, 2005-2007   Date Submitted: November 20, 2010

Name: Sasaya Japanese Market
Address:  1956 E Sunrise Blvd. (GATEWAY SHOPPING CENTER)Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
URL: http://www.sasayajapanese.com/
Review Type: Business (Asian Market)

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Review: Sasaya is a small Japanese market in Fort Lauderdale.  While very small, it has a good selection of Japanese basics that are hard to find in the Miami area.  On our last visit we purchased a variety of sauces, curry, and the like.  They also have a refrigerated section with things like tofu, pickled goods, and drinks.

There is a sushi bar here as well, which gets good recommendations even though I haven't yet had a chance to try it.

On the whole, I wouldn't drive from Miami where I live to Fort Lauderdale just to go here, but if I am in the area I will definitely stop by.


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5Nov/10Off

REVIEW: Hiro’s Yakko-san (North Miami Beach)

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Submitted by: Bahia S.; Gunma-ken, 2005-2007  Date Submitted: November 5, 2010

Name: Hiro's Yakko-san
Address: 17044 W Dixie Hwy North Miami Beach, FL 33160 (305) 947-0064
URL: http://yakko-san.com/
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Favorite Dishes:

  • Mixed Salad - the dressing on this is fantastic!
  • Age Dashi Tofu - one of my favorites, tofu fried in a sweet stock.  They  did this exactly the way they do in Japan, and our friends who were first  timers to the dish they loved it as well.
  • Lotus Roots (renkon) - crunchy and in a delightful sauce, I have rarely seen  this in the USA.
  • Buta Nasu Miso Itame - Literally "pork eggplant miso stir-fry" this  had a thick miso sauce and the eggplant was cooked just right.
  • Rice - perfect rice!
  • Ginger Pork (shogayaki) - this was the  only dish that I was disappointed in.  While the sauce was good, the pork  was different from the kind they use in Japan and a  little dry.
  • Miso Soup - a full bowl of miso soup, not the little half bowl they usually  give you in American restaurants.
  • Sake - I am not usually a big fan of sake (nihonshu), but the selection we got  on the sake flight was surprisingly good.  Two of the three did not have  much of the aftertaste that I usually don't like.
  • Yakisoba - their yakisoba was very authentic, which was refreshing after the  many in-authentic versions I have tried.

Review: This place is by far the most authentic Japanese  restaurant that I have been to outside of Japan.  After living in Japan  for a number of year, my husband I are constantly searching for something that  comes close to the food we loved in Japan - this restaurant does!

In the Japanese izakaya tradition, we ordered a number of small dishes to share  among 4 people.  Everything was good and most
things were extremely  authentic.

The restaurant was clean, the service was friendly, it  felt like you were walking into a little slice of Japan, with lots of
Japanese  and Asian clientele.  The price is also very reasonable.

I highly recommend this restaurant!


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