There's nothing worse than making decisions, except of course when they're highly publicized television events that involve LeBron coming to play basketball here. Good decision, LeBron!! Well, even he'll have a tough time getting a seat at a tiny sushi temple that makes all your decisions for you: NAOE
Quietly opened on Brickell Key after a stint in Sunny Isles, Chef Kevin Cory's new incarnation is about as simple as things get in some ways -- two seatings per night, eight people per seating, starkly minimal decor, an omakase menu you don't have to choose a single thing from -- and as impressively not-simple in one very huge way:
its fully operational Large Hadron Collider the food. Once you're lucky enough to get a seat, they'll get in touch to prep for any food allergies (peanuts = no problem; sushi = might be a problem), then prepare a whatever-Cory-feels-like meal consisting completely of "natural Japanese cuisine" employing both local and Tokyo-imported swimmers. What you might encounter: horse mackerel w/ fresh-grated wasabi, urchin-topped egg tofu, fresh roasted & basted eel, plus "delicately sweet" nigiri including kohada (gizzard shad, a small fish related to herring), monkfish liver, Scottish salmon bellies, and cured squid, which apparently no longer has Ink Eye
You're actually given freedom of choice when it comes to a brief selection of brews like Ginga Kogen, and sake comes direct from Cory's family-owned (since the 1800s!), Mount Hakusan-perched Nakamura Brewery -- drink enough, and the appeal of bringing your talents to South Beach will be greatly diminished.
This eight-seat sushi temple on Brickell Key is the best of the best for Tokyo-quality sushi in Miami. Crafted by Chef Kevin Cory, Naoe is an omakase-only experience that begins with a bento box before graduating to individual pieces of art-like nigiri. Even if you aren't a sake fan, be sure to order some with your dinner -- it's sourced from the chef's family's brewery in Japan.