Katsuya at SLS South Beach: The Sushi Lover's Spot
Today, we'd like to introduce our former Vegas Club Kid, BrandyAlxander, who's traded in The Strip in Sin City for Ocean Drive in Miami Beach where there is about the same amount of sinning but less amount of clothes. Here's her first report for us on her virgin South Beach experience.
We're already smitten with the lineup of South Beach's sexy hotels along Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive. Last week, we had our first foray into the Miami hotel scene with SLS South Beach.
Within minutes of entering the hotel, we found that its vibe is very much reflective of its clientele: posh, avant garde and expensive.
And, we wouldn't have it any other way! SLS is both gorgeous and quirky, with dramatic chandeliers, plush drapes, luchador mask-wearing bulls and Victorian portraits of chimps. (You kinda have to be there to grasp how cool it is.)
And on the expensive note, you can imagine our excitement upon learning Katsuya, the sushi restaurant inside SLS, hosts a daily Social Hour (aka happy hour) from 6-9 pm in the upper level of the restaurant. Half price starters and signature sushi along with cocktails in South Beach? We're so there. Our party arrived with just a few minutes left of the Social Hour, so naturally, we ordered as much off the menu as we could.
Here's a quick recap of the "mmm" and "meh" dishes we sampled. (You may want to take note especially as SLS and sbe keep on expanding their properties across the U.S and Katsuya is sure to come along.)
· Katsuya Ceviche (Regular price, $17): Not your traditional shrimp and lime concoction. More of a sashimi salad with a refreshing citrus ponzu sauce. We would have had this all to ourselves if we weren't trying to be polite.
· Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna ($14): We didn't want to buy into the "Katsuya's most popular dish" hype, but we couldn't help it! The rice is more toasted than crispy, but we're not complaining. We're just glad there were two orders of this to share in our group.
· Halibut-Wrapped Crab and Avocado ($16): This dish was so fresh, it tasted like it was plucked right out of the ocean. Squeeze a bit of the lemon wedge to really brighten up the flavor profiles.
· Rock Shrimp ($17): They weren't bad. Just not unique enough to distinguish from the rock shrimp we've had at most Asian restaurants.
· Baked Crab Hand Rolls ($17): Maybe it was just us, maybe it was the soy paper. We just weren't all that into it. Snow crab fans might dig it, though.
· Donuts ($8): More like donut holes, than your typical Krispy Kremes. The glaze is slightly sour, too as it is a passion fruit caramel. Not the sweet finish we were hoping for, but an interesting taste.
The Social Hour was a delicious way to sample the Katsuya menu, and we know we'll back even when it's not Social Hour.