Sushi Maki (sushimaki.com) has expanded its presence in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, unveiling a new service concept that combines the efficiency of quick-service ordering and integrates the personal service of a restaurant.
Sushi Maki relocated to 1036 S. Miami Ave., taking over the former Momi Gyoza Bar, a block away from its previous location next to Dolores, You Can Call Me Lolita. The new Sushi Maki opened on Thursday, June 9, and is 2,000 square feet, more than twice size of its original restaurant that closed on May 30.
“We’ve been in Brickell for six years and have always kept our eye out for a larger space that provided quicker access to the kitchen and a more comfortable experience for the diner,” said Sushi Maki founder and CEO Abe Ng. “Plus, the growth of the neighborhood and emergence of the culinary scene gives us the perfect platform to unveil a concept designed to meet the faster-paced life of residents and professionals within walking distance.”
Sushi Maki in Brickell is showcasing “service casual dining,” where diners are provided a menu as they enter, place their orders at a walk-up counter and transition to a full-service dining room experience with table service.
“More customers are looking for quicker dining experiences, yet they want something more than a fast food experience,” Ng said. “Sushi is a very personal experience — the making of it and the service of it. We wanted to make sure we stayed true to the hand-crafted nature of sushi. This dining concept provides customers with quicker service while retaining the original sushi experience.”
The menu at Sushi Maki in Brickell will feature the Coral Gables-based chain’s newest creations including Sushi Burritos with sustainable seafood and wrapped in rice paper. An exciting addition to the menu will be snow ice, paying tribute to Abe’s wife and co-owner Christina Ng’s Taiwanese roots. Sushi Maki’s Snow Ice — ribbons of shaved ice — will be made to order and feature a variety of fruit toppings. Flavors include mango, chocolate, guava and green tea matcha.
The menu will continue to feature popular rolls like The Fifty and Cali Ocho, MSC certified sustainable seafood, and locally sourced ingredients from fisheries, food artisans and farms.
“We’ve prided ourselves on staying atop of culinary, business and community trends,” Ng said. “It’s a delicate balance finding what works.
Brickell is changing and we developed a model to adapt to the neighborhood while maintaining our culinary roots that are firmly imbedded in serving the best fare Japan and Asia have to offer.”
Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.;
Friday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight, and Sunday, noon-11p.m. Telephone is 305-415-9779.