It is difficult to find decent sushi in Miami, please don’t hate me for being honest. So, you can imagine my disappointment when Sushi Deli and Japanese Market on 79th street closed last spring. Then I was saddened to hear of the sudden death of chef and patriarch Michio Kushi. He was always a mentor to his daughter Erika, who was always found in the kitchen. Much to my delight, Erika has recently opened her own place, called Sushi Erika, at 1700 79th street Causeway, in a strip mall, just up the street from her father’s place.
It is a cute spot, brighter, with more seating, longer hours, noon till 7pm, and with less attitude, although I do miss the attitude. There is still a no reservations policy, lineups at the door, and a must order everything with no additional choices rule. It is no mistake to order as much as you can consume, as everything is beyond fresh, creative and delicious. She has actually raised the bar since her father’s place in terms of menu selection, decor, and service. You will find many of the original dishes found from her father’s place, plus a new section of Erika’s signature rolls, and hot and cold appetizers, nigiri and sashimi, as well as kitchen platters. There is still a refrigerator with beverages and half and full bottles of sakes.
I always order the Love roll, a spider roll topped with torched salmon, and drizzled with truffle oil. The Barbara hand roll (not on the menu), made with hamachi in a wonderful sauce. I also tried a scallop roll, but my favourite thing is crispy rice, spicy tuna. It is a deep fried round of sushi rice, topped with spicy tuna, avocado, wakame salad, spicy mayo, eel sauce and sesame. This modest place is offering upscale sushi, sashimi and omakase in a casual setting.
For dessert, I always order their lovely mochi.
The place is packed, with absolutely no social media, just word of mouth. Even in a quiet, obscure location, people have found their way here. I am sure her father would be proud.
Free parking, open every day except Monday.