Gables Bites: Today’s Recommendation is Su-shin Izakaya


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By: Patricia Guarch Wise of Miami Nice

Having grown up in the Gables and living here now, you wouldn’t believe how often I run into people on the streets of Downtown Coral Gables. If you and I were to run into each other and you asked me where you should eat right this second – there’s a pretty good chance my answer would be Su-shin Izakaya.

This authentic Japanese spot is not only reliably delicious, but I’ve learned a thing or two about Japanese food by eating there regularly. Izakaya is a style of eating much like the more familiar Spanish tapas; they’re small plates meant to be shared and sampled.

Walk into Su-shin Izakaya on Aragon, and you’re always greeted with a cheerful hello shouted by the sushi chefs behind the bar. A little Fortune Cat statue waves his hand at you too. You can usually snag a seat right away, even during busy dining hours.

The specials are spelled out in English and Japanese on a series of square chalkboards that line the entire back wall. It took me a few visits to finally tap into the dozen plus specials that range from shishito peppers to jellyfish, but friends of mine who are regulars told me they’re devoted to the chalkboard and don’t even look at the menu. The menu is rather large and you can order everything from your favorite sushi rolls to variations of ramen and the aforementioned izakaya style plates.

Personally, I can’t get over the Porque Mt. Fuji, a rice bowl with cooked salmon, roe, avocado and egg. I can’t explain why, because I’m a devoted sushi fan and this dish doesn’t have any raw fish, but I feel like I have to order it over and over again.

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