Suishin Izakaya, Coral Gables

Suishin Izakaya

Suishin Izakaya

Rating: ★★★★★
Suishin Izakaya
159 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Izakaya – the word describes a place where you can eat all different types of Japanese foods and wash them down with a bit of sake or cold beer. And that’s what you get at this Coral Gables dining favorite. The current restaurant was built after hurricane Andrew struck in 1992 by Chika Abe, who is still enthusiastically greeting his customers. The interior features a sushibar on the left, and tables along the right, with two long blackboards above listings all the specials of the day.

Katsu Don

Katsu Don

Izakaya creates all sorts of fantastic Japanese food besides sushi, so I don’t recommend coming here and just ordering a sushi dinner. Let me qualify that by saying the sushi tasted magnificent, the sushi rice smells and tastes good, fish fresh and well worth eating; it’s just that here you can try some great foods that you ordinarily can’t. I’m just saying…

For some specific examples, let me start with oya-go donburi and katsu donburi. The “parent and child” rice bowl called oyago don is one of my longtime favorites, called this because of the relationship between chicken and egg. Their katsu don features nice fried pork strips with egg and that great seasoning. Warning: while the name Izakaya indicates many small dishes can be sampled, this one is going to put a real dent in your appetite.

Ankimo

Ankimo

The tonkotsu ramen here is good also, but again the portion is more American sized, and you may struggle to eat other things. And as long as I’m complaining, the person at the table next to me was actually dipping his spicy tuna roll pieces into his salad dressing. Don’t ever be that guy!

Another item I’d recommend that you’d probably shy away from unless encouraged a bit is the Yama Imo Maguro. It’s a nice change of pace for tuna, but the grated potato is enough to prevent most people from even trying it. Try it, or the tuna nuto if you want to try your tuna with a thick sweet nuta sauce.

Yamaimo Maguro

Yamaimo Maguro

At this time of year they have Ankimo. That’s the liver of monkfish, sliced and presented in a ponzu based sauce, this one slightly spicy. It’s a seasonal dish, so if you find it available you should give it a try. In fact they have lots of seasonal dishes found in the fall, including sama prepared a few different ways and more. If you’re anywhere near south Miami, we highly reccommend driving there to investigate personally.

Rating: ★★★★★

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