Wynwood, arguably Miami’s hippest and most art-filled neighborhood, is now home to Hiyakawa (2700 North Miami Avenue), a restaurant inspired by the the sushi restaurants of Tokyo’s popular Ginza neighborhood and owned by art dealer and restauranteur Alvaro Perez.
The menu is an ode to Japanese cuisine with a variety of a la carte fried dishes, soups, appetizers, and seasonal sushi, nigiri, and handrolls offered by the piece. But the highlight of the menu is the omakase meals, which rings in at $175 per person, and offers three appetizers, 12 pieces of nigiri, one maki, miso soup, and dessert.
Spearheading the kitchen is Fukuoka-born chef partner Shuji Hiyakawa who is known best from his popular eatery Wabi Sabi, and chef Masayuki Komatsu who previously worked at Sushiden in New York and Kenzan in Ginza before moving to Miami to work with Morimoto as executive chef of his now defunct namesake restaurant.
The space was designed interior designer Bea Pernia, featuring bold but minimalist elements like the overhead wooden slates that are backlit to create a seashell like glow onto North Miami Avenue housed above the restaurants sushi bar. The space is filled with blue-cushioned banquettes and pale cocktail tables along with polished concrete floors and accent walls.
Hiyakawa is now open for indoor dining with 14 seats — four will be at the counter for omakase and 10 at the tables for a la carte service. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 305-890-7228.