Miami Foodie

Sushi Samba Dromo

Posted on: March 18, 2009

My favorite restaurants are usually not super trendy hotspots. My general impression is that hip clientele tend to eat no more a few morsels of appetizers and cocktails, and are not wholly concerned about the food, and would rather use their attendance as a calling card of coolness. As a result, the quality of the food never usually HAS to live up to the reputation of the Restaurant Brand, per say…

Sushi Samba Dromo Miami Bar - From Sushi Samba Website

Sushi Samba Dromo Miami Bar - From Sushi Samba Website

One would think that Sushi Samba on Lincoln Road could potentially fall into this category of trendsetter, but definitely not the case. Everything on the menu is FANTASTIC…. Sushi with a Latin American flair, a recipe perfect for hot Miami nights! The cocktails are originally exotic and deliciously tropical, but you can never go wrong with their classic Mojito or the cleverly named “Samba Juice”.

I was not exaggerating when I said that EVERYTHING on the menu is fantastic… The tempura is light, crispy, properly done and presented beautifully, and served with several dipping sauces, including a Miso, a Chimichurri and the classic tempura. Tasty, but personally, when I visit Sushi Samba, I try to stay away from the basic dishes, leaning towards culinary concoctions that cannot be found in local sushi joints. However, do try the Green Bean Tempura!

Outside of Sushi Samba Miami, *Image Sushi Samba Website

Outside of Sushi Samba Miami, *Image Sushi Samba Website

My favorite dish of the evening was the Yellowtail Seviche… fresh, cool yellowtail tossed in ginger, garlic and soy, topped with shredded radish. Thankfully, the shredded radish soaks up the remaining soy/ginger marinade, because it was so delicious I was tempted to drink it with a straw! (IM KIDDING! I only do that at home…)

The Seabass Miso Anticucho is INSANE! Soft, tender, perfectly cooked seabass in a tangy miso sauce… There are several layers of flavor in this dish, subtle and smooth in the beginning, and then a slightly tart, almost tangy but also smooth layer enters second with the miso. This is what I love about Sushi Samba, each dish has multiple layers of flavor that compliment each other perfectly, but in an unfamiliar way.

sushi samba pan steamed pork gyozas

sushi samba pan steamed pork gyozas

My favorite roll was the bobo Brazil… “seared kobe beef, avocado, kaiware, shiso, red onion and chimichurri ponzu”…. Complicated, flavorful, tender, multi-layered and delicious, just like a self-empowered woman, the bobo Brazil reminded me of a Beef Negamaki/California roll with chimichurri sauce. The roll was filling, but not too heavy or dense. Delish!


Sushi Samba Dromo
600 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305.673.5337


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