Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market
5241 NW 87th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178
The fact that this Japanese small plates spot is located in Doral should not deter you from paying a visit. With a sushi bar and binchotan grill visible from nearly every seat in the house, it’s no coincidence that the raw and grilled items are the menu’s gems. Sashimi offerings like the golden eye snapper (kinme-dai) or the Japanese sea bream (madai) grant you a glimpse into the impeccable, naturally occurring flavors the sea has to offer before soy sauce is poured, spicy mayo is slathered, or raw fish is cached behind any other fix-in in a too-complicated roll. But if it’s soy sauce you insist on, request Dragonfly’s three-year-aged version, which is deeply savory, earthy, and, above all, an acceptable accoutrement. From the grill, opt for the salted mackerel, whose mildness is brightened by a splash of ponzu.