Matsuri serves Ankimo (monkfish liver)

Matsuri serves Ankimo (monkfish liver)

Located in a downscale South Miami strip mall at Bird Road and SW 57th Avenue, this little Japanese outpost opened in 1988, serving the best sushi in town without the comparable South Beach price tag. Our favorites include the Ankimo in ponzu jelly (a monkfish liver, almost like a Japanese foie gras), hamachi, hokkigai and torigai (surf and cockle clams) and the “Mr. Bush’s 3p.m.” roll–tuna tartar with avocado and cucumber drizzled with a spicy sauce and playfully topped with a single miniture pretzel.  Total bill for dinner for two at Matsuri including sake, eight sushi selections, tax and tip cost a reasonable $85. Closed Mondays. 5759 Bird Road, Miami, FL, 33155. Tel: (305) 663-1615.

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