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In his last review before leaving the Miami New Times, Lee Klein looks at Katsuya by Starck at the SLS Hotel South Beach. Starting off, he notes the atmosphere saying at first the "dining room is as simple and elegant as a plate of sashimi [...] but loud house music transforms the tastefulness into the tiresome, too-cool-for-school SoBe ambiance." The chef's selection of sashimi got high rankings: "All were pristinely fresh and simply presented." The crispy rice with tuna, however, not so high: "The flavors and textures are enticing, but it's prepared with more aplomb at Katsuya's Bal Harbour competitor, Makoto." Klein makes note of the impressive deals offered at good prices: there's a Japanese prix fixe for $25 and a five-course tasting menu of signature dishes for $75. Regarding waitstaff, he says "service is solid...[but] a menu tutorial is sorely needed" due to their unfamiliarity with the sashimi and some other items when asked. Overall, Klein's verdict: "Katsuya's raw fish dishes are superb. The rest of the dining experience is like a plate of wasabi, pickled ginger, and soy — enhancing but not entrancing without the sushi." [MNT]

Lee & Marie's Cakery Company, the newly opened bakery-cafe in SoFi's South Pointe neighborhood, gets a first bite from Short Order's Emily Codik. With an "endearing décor", it's "all about the carefully orchestrated details -- like special straws, or signature accents." Codik ordered an off-the-menu iced coffee, the arugula salad, and the Alton Steak Panini, served with Terra chips ("uninspired"), or couscous for a dollar extra. She wished there was "a more innovative offering for the standard side dish." That said, "Sweets are obviously a strong point at Lee & Marie's, particularly the Panther Coffee pudding and the tender passion fruit marshmallows." Codik was happy to find "a new farm-fresh lunch spot for under $15." [SO]

Midtown's new addition Pasta Folie did not fare too well with Jodi Mailander Farrell of The Miami Herald. Her main point in the review is that something is "lost in translation" as Folie apparently comes from a 13-year-old outpost in Cannes, France. From the confused and uninterested waitress to the lack of expected menu offerings based on the website, Farrell ultimately sums it up: "The air of despair hanging over the place is amplified by the buoyant scene around the corner at SUGARCANE. If it wants to compete for that crowd, Folie's has to up its game significantly." [MH]

Katsuya by Starck

1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

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