REVIEW: Sasaya Japanese Market (Ft. Lauderdale)

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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REVIEW: Wasabi (Seffner)

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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REVIEW: Sasaya Japanese Market (Ft. Lauderdale)

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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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
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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REVIEW: Matsuri Japanese Restaurant (Miami)

Submitted by: Abby M.; Aomori-ken, 2004-2006  Date Submitted: November 5, 2010

Name: Matsuri Japanese Restaurant
Address: 5759 Bird Road Miami, FL 33155
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: Matsuri is located in the middle of the Red Bird shopping center (at the corner of Bird and Red roads). It’s a little hard to find, but well worth the search! Matsuri has the reputation of being one of the most traditional Japanese restaurants in South Florida. It is a favorite with the local Japanese community, and has a broad enough menu that anyone can find something to enjoy. Japanese menu also available.

 


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REVIEW: Miyako Restaurant (Sunny Isles Beach)

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

Name: Miyako Restaurant
Address: 18090 Collins Ave Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 (305) 931-0455
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: If you are looking for fresh, authentic sushi then don’t go  to Miyako, but if you want a quick fix and the fun experience of all-you-can-eat  then this place isn’t bad.

The ordering process is a little confusing, in that you write everything on  slips of paper and the # of items that you want and give that to the server.   Don’t forget to put your initials and the table number at the top.

The sushi was pretty odd because the rice was just normal rice, without any of  the sushi rice vinegar that real sushi should have.  Overall the food was  edible.

Service was a bit slow.


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REVIEW: Su-shin Izakaya (Coral Gables)

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

Name: Su-Shin Izakaya
Address: 159 Aragon Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 445-2584
URL:   www.izakayarestaurant.com/
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: Su-shin Izakaya is Japanese owned and Japanese run.  When you walk in, they shout a welcome in English, much like the standard irashaimase in Japan.  On the right side the wall is lined with specials similar to traditional izakaya you find in Japan.

The food is generally good, with some items that stand out as very good and very authentic, and other items at good to mediocre.

The tonkotsu ramen is fantastic and very authentic.  The sushi is good. The miso eggplant is delicious.  Gyoza is very good.

The vegetable udon that I ordered was not great.  The vegetables they used were an odd choice and the broth didn’t taste like I am used to in Japan; it was a little bland.

We definitely like this place and go there at least once a month.  My husband’s Japanese co-workers chose to live near this restaurant and they are regulars.


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REVIEW: Yuga Restaurant (Coral Gables)

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

Name: Yuga Restaurant
Address:  357 Alcazar Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 442-8600
URL: http://www.lanpanasian.com/
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

Favorite Dishes:

  • Miso soup
  • Agetofu (age dashi tofu)
  • Korean BBQ Rice (Bibimba, bibimbap)
  • Japanese curry
  • Sushi (it’s very good, albeit with unusual fillings)

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Revew: This place is great!  Not everything they have is Japanese (there is some Asian Fusion stuff thrown in), but the Japanese stuff they do have is very authentic.  While the Su Shin Izakaya nearby is like a traditional Japanese izakaya , Yuga feels like a traditional Japanese shokudo with pan Asian cuisine and unusual sushi combos added.

Yuga has become a regular place for my husband and I when we are craving Japanese food. The ambiance is really nice there.  The service is good, the room is calm, the host is Japanese, and they play Japanese music.


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REVIEW: Lucky Oriental Mart (Miami)

Submitted by: Abby M.; Aomori-ken, 2004-2006   Date Submitted: November 5, 2010

Name: Lucky Oriental Mart
Address:  8356 SW 40th St. Suite D-I Miami, FL 33155
Review Type: Business (Asian Market)

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Review:  Lucky is not really known for its customer service. Expiration dates need to be checked, and there’s a funky smell from the produce section. However, they have a fairly good selection of rice, and a pretty good variety of prepackaged Japanese supplies (Japanese curry, sweets, nori, senbei, etc…). There is also a small selection of cooking and dining supplies.


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