REVIEW: Hiro Japanese Restaurant (North Miami Beach)

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
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)


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

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
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)


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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