May 17, 2013

Dinner at Yakko-San, North Miami Beach

Yakko-San North Miami

Yakko-San Japanese Restaurant, for me, is one of those places where you go to order obscene amounts of food, [preferably with your posse] and taste a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Quite frankly everything is that good so it’s difficult to order just one item and be happy with it because you can’t help but think you’re missing something every time a server walks by with another dish.

Crispy Bok Choy, Yakko San

So on this visit we kept it to a modest four dishes. Starting with the flavorful crispy-salty Bok Choy. Word of caution, this dish seemingly eats as light-as-air but doesn’t sit like air; this fake-you-out vegetable dish will fill you up and quickly not leaving you much room for the rest of your grazing….go slow. Tasting is the key here.

Crispy fish and onion salad; Yakko San

I was a bit skeptical about this dish at first and yet it ended up being one of my favorites; bursting with flavors and textures. There was so much pleasure going with every bite; I had trouble heeding my own advice: go slow. Tasting is the key here.

Pesto udon with grilled shrimp, Yakko San.

And this was the dish that sent me over the edge. It was all about the udon noodles and the pesto. The noodles were cooked perfectly and the pesto had some of the finest flavors all working together in complete carbohydrate harmony. I still think about this dish. You know when the restaurant has a winner on its hands, when you think about the food for days and weeks afterwards.

Cobia Kama, Yakko San

And rounding out our graze-fest was the Cobia Kama. Which actually was a good choice due to its light texture. This simple dish had no over the top flavors to disturb the pure essence of the fish or even compete with the three previous dishes.

Yakko-San is tucked away in a strip mall, the Intracoastal Mall on 163rd Street in North Miami. Yakko-San prides itself on preparing and serving quality food at reasonable prices. There’s no wallet draining going on here. To catch all the food action sit at the kitchen bar and chat it up with the line cooks for some real food entertainment and in-the-biz chatter.

Yakko-San 3881 NE 163rd St  North Miami Beach, FL 33160 (305) 947-0064
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