Katana Sushi

Katana Sushi from 71st Street - no signage!Rating: ★★★★½
Katana Sushi
920 71st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33141
305-864-0037

This place won the #4 spot in our Top Ten list last year because it’s the best value for the money in South Florida. Top quality sushi, dirt cheap! And in a fun environment to boot.

Kaiten sushi is the term used to describe the sushi places that have plates with sushi on boats or conveyor belts circling around. Diners choose whatever looks good, removing the plates they want from the boats and the sushi chef refills the boats.

Prices for the standard items on the boats ranges from $1.50 to $3.50, depending on the color of the plate. Look for the plates with prices on the wall. Most plates have either two pieces of nigirizushi or 4 pieces of sushi roll. But don’t let the cheap prices fool you, this sushi is really good.

Keeping the boats full is what it's all aboutThe main knock on this place is the limited selection of sushi on the boats. This is easily overcome by asking the wait staff for other items. They only keep the best sellers on boats floating around, but will make many other types of sushi for you.

In fact, be sure to ask about your favorite kitchen fare – you may be surprised. This is not a great ramen shop to be sure, but some nice hot foods come from the kitchen, including some pretty fair tonkatsu.

The other problem with this place is that the building is in such poor shape. It is old, and needs renovation badly. They don’t need a sign out front, as there’s always a crowd waiting, but a trip back to the bathroom may scare off the faint of heart.

nigiri sushi at KatanaThe sushi is really quite good at katana, as we mentioned earlier. Salmon nigiri is served here with thin onion and a touch of Japanese mayo. We can’t recall seeing that elsewhere in Miami. And we have never seen less than grade A hamachi here – it’s always in it’s prime. Ikura, tako, and spider rolls are also really good here, although the tuna seems to be more hit-or-miss.

Be sure to save some room for dessert though, if you can. They have good green tea ice cream, and their tempura cheesecake is popular. And if you have some special request, be sure to ask – we’ve seen them make some strange looking stuff based on customer requests.

Rating: ★★★★½

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