Dining at the Fontainebleau: Blade Sushi Bar

This article is part of a series on dining and nightlife at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

If you prefer Asian fare, there are a couple of dining options at the Fontainebleau.

blade sushi barBlade Sushi Bar is located on the ground floor of the Chateau.  You can access it from the pool area (where there’s also outdoor seating), or by walking down a staircase near the entrance to LIV.  The dimly lit lounge is a great spot to cozy up to a date or have drinks and a bite to eat with friends before heading to the nightclub.

Besides the seating at the bar and sushi bar, the tables are low to the ground (about knee-level when you’re sitting down), which can make eating sushi difficult.  You’ll have to do a lot of leaning over the table so you don’t drip soy sauce on your lap.

If you’re looking for a nice glass of sake, prepare to spend a lot.  The sake list is pretty limited and a single glass costs between $20 and $30.  I’d recommend sticking to standard cocktails.

Blade’s menu features upscale Japanese fare and sushi that’s caught daily.  It’s fairly more expensive than most sushi restaurants in Miami Beach so you may not want to go there on an empty stomach.

Whatever you do, stay away from the seared toro sashimi.  I ordered this and couldn’t eat more than a couple of bites.  I don’t know if the chef sliced the fish wrong or if it wasn’t actually toro, but I bit into the fish and it felt like I was biting into gristle.  I didn’t know it was possible for fish to have this kind of texture.  It was so unpleasant that it made me nauseated and I couldn’t eat any more of the dish.  Toro, the fatty part of the tuna, has a great texture that melts in your mouth if it’s fresh and of high quality.  If this dish can’t be prepared properly it shouldn’t be on the menu.

blade sushi barBlade does get bonus points for its cool menus, which automatically light up when you open them so you can actually read them in the dark.  It seems like a no-brainer idea that more dimly lit restaurants should use.

For upscale Chinese fare, Hakkasan will be opening in mid to late February.  It’s the U.S. debut of Alan Yau’s London restaurant and Britain’s only Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant.  I’m really looking forward to Hakkasan and have high hopes for the restaurant.  I had a delicious meal at Yau’s other restaurant in London, Yauatcha.  I highly recommend it if you’re visiting there.

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