Michelin-Starred Restaurant Azabu Opens Friday in Miami Beach
January 17, 2018 by Lucas Lechuga
Originally set to open October of 2017, Azabu Miami Beach will finally debut this Friday, January 19th inside the Mariott Stanton South Beach. The considerable postponement of the restaurant’s opening is attributed to Hurricane Irma, which rocked South Florida in early September. Azabu’s original concept was launched in New York by Japanese global hospitality group, Plan Do See, and according to the Miami New Times, the group’s continued desire to expand the brand led them to open its next location right here in South Beach's South of Fifth neighborhood.
Headed up by the Tokyo-trained Chef Masatsugu “Masa” Kubo and mixologist Davide Borgia, Azabu will feature a hidden sushi counter, a formal dining room, and a cocktail bar featuring sake and whiskeys of both international and local brands. Many of the restaurant’s dishes will be cooked on a robata (a Japanese charcoal grill) and served in an izakaya dining style. This means guests will be able to order a variety of small, shareable plates served when ready, as opposed to all at once. The menu will include delicious plates like the miyazaki Wagyu tataki with a truffle ponzu and the king crab with crab miso, and tasty desserts such as the jelly-based Japanese raindrop cake.
For those seeking a more intimate setting, Azabu will have an 11-seat bar accessible only through the kitchen, where an omakase-style dining experience will include both local and imported seafood, regularly flown in from Japan.