Miami’s Michelin moment continues as California-based Scratch Restaurants Group announces the official and permanent location of its Michelin-starred omakase concept, Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Miami. In August, the eatery successfully opened a residency inside Coconut Grove’s historic Stirrup House, located behind the recently Michelin-starred Ariete restaurant in the heart of Coconut Grove. Now, the famed omakase hotspot is an official Coconut Grove resident as power couple and dynamic duo, chef/restaurateurs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee put down permanent roots in the Magic City. On the heels of retaining Michelin stars at Sushi By Scratch Restaurants: Sushi|Bar in Montecito, California and Pasta|Bar in Encino, California, both of which received their first star in 2021, the team is thrilled to officially open Sushi By Scratch’s new doors in early January 2023, at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove.
The new and improved space has transitioned into a 10-seat counter-only omakase den, manned by a team of three chefs and one bartender. Though the new space is larger, the experience remains intimate with close interaction with the chefs. With three nightly seatings, (5PM, 7:15PM and 9:30PM), dinner at Sushi by Scratch Restaurants is a not-to-be-missed celebration of nigiri excellence. Each bite is handmade and placed by the chefs, who engage directly with guests over 17 courses, which lasts about two hours.
Every diner’s journey begins 20 minutes prior to the scheduled seating time with a complimentary welcome cocktail specially crafted to launch the diner on their journey for the night. From there, a progressive, intoxicating and alluring tasting experience consisting of strictly nigiri, each item handmade and served as is – no extras, no sidecars of soy sauce or wasabi. In fact, everything is made from scratch, including soy sauce, vinegars, etc. “Although the flavor profiles of our nigiri may not sound traditional, our approach to nigiri is,” states Kallas-Lee. “Our niche has always been our flavor profiles. Someone might be surprised when a perfect slice of Hamachi is painted with a sweet corn pudding and topped with a fine sprinkle of bread crumbs. But that one bite delivers a flavor you won’t forget and is also a call back to Phillip’s childhood and is designed to trigger our guests’ most beloved food memories as well.”
A seat at Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Miami is $165 per person plus tax and service. Non-alcoholic beverages are included with beer, wine, sake and Japanese whiskeys available a la carte. There are also two beverage pairing options: $85 (featuring three different sakes, two cocktails and one beer) and $110 (featuring six different pours of sake). Reservations are required and can be made in advance – HERE.
Sushi by Scratch Restaurants Miami is now located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Dinner is served Monday through Sunday across three seatings – 5PM, 7:15PM and 9:30PM. Ample street parking is available. Reservations are required. For more information on Scratch Restaurants please visit www.sushibyscratchrestaurants.
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