Sushi Doraku (1104 Lincoln Rd., 305/695-8383, lunch noon–3 p.m. Mon.–Fri., dinner 3–11 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 3 p.m.–midnight Fri.–Sat., 3–10:30 p.m. Sun., main courses from $7) is a very hip sushi spot that manages not to get too full of itself, and service is usually quite friendly and unpretentious. The cool contemporary interior gives it a fashionable vibe, and even though Doraku’s famed conveyor-belt sushi-delivery system is now gone, the same precision and generosity that went into the construction of its famous rolls and sushi is still present.
Thai House South Beach (1137 Washington Ave., 305/531-4841, noon–midnight daily, lunch main courses from $8, dinner main courses from $13) has friendly service in a comfortable and stylish dining room (and they also deliver), with a selection of standard Thai fare like pad thai, curries, and tofu dishes augmented by specialties like the aptly named volcano chicken.
Miss Yip Chinese Cafe (1661 Meridian Ave., 305/534-5488, noon–11 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., noon–midnight Fri.–Sat., dim sum items from $5, main courses from $14) is unique not just in the fact that it’s one of very few decent Chinese restaurants in the area but in that the hip and playful decor and range of dishes make it truly exceptional. Offering dim sum plates as well as stir-fries, noodle dishes, moo shu wraps, and Chinese cups, Miss Yip charges something of a premium for freshness and location, but the restaurant’s $8.88 lunch special is a solid bargain.
© Jason Ferguson from Moon Florida, 1st Edition