I've been here for five months and have tried a few recommended places around town. They are all bad to terrible. Last night was the topper. We went to Shoji Sushi on Collins and it was just flat out bad. I won't go into pricing, because while expensive, it did not influence my opinion. We started with a salad that was plain, with little dressing for standard mixed greens. We then had civeche, which was the best item of the night. The Tempura was dog food. The batter was like something from Long John's fish and chips. They did not use cold enough batter or hot enough oil and the veggies that were used were a little odd...no sweet potato? It is one of the few supposed higher quality places in town and they don't use Panko crumbs for Tempura? Garbage. The sushi came and it was inferior. The toro didn't even look like toro (which should look light grey), the maguro came and our three pieces each had their own shade of red and the rolls that we ordered were small and you couldn't distinguish the items in the roll. We couldn't tell the lobster roll from the mixed hamachi roll, which is a bad sign. The sushi pieces were also very odd in that they included almost no rice and what rice there was, would fall apart when you went to pick up a piece. I've lived on the West coast for years before moving to Miami and honestly, this place would not last for a minute in towns like Seattle, SF or LA. I go back to LA on Wed. and will look forward to my neighborhood spots that serve quality fish. Even being this bad, it was no where near the worst that I've had in town.
Since I've made the decision to move here, my question to the board is.....Where can I go to find some decent Sushi? Please do not answer Nobu.