When he wasn’t on Iron Chef, being judged by fortune-tellers and minor Japanese actresses, Masaharu Morimoto was reinventing Japanese fusion cuisine. This is actually the second Miami outlet for the renowned chef, though the first was at an exclusive members-only club. Now the hoi polloi can sample signature Morimoto dishes like spicy king crab, toro (belly tuna) tartare and hamachi (amberjack) tacos, as well as those with a uniquely Floridian accent, like the ceviche of local seafood, including conch and lobster. With Robuchon alumnus Manabu Inoue behind the dessert menu, sweets are well worth sticking around for. These include the spectacular Fiery Salty Caramel Chocolate Tart, a cocoa-rich sphere that implodes under the heat of a flaming rum shot, and the disturbingly named -321°f, a white-chocolate web orbited by liquid nitrogen sorbets.
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Morimoto South Beach | 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach | + 1 305 341 1500