NAOE

  • 4.07
  • Superb!
  • Food:4.3
  • Decor:3.7
  • Service:4.3

661 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131Miami / Downtown  [ Map ]

(305) 947-6263  [ Website ]

Japanese / Southeast Asian / Seafood / Sushi$100 - $199

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NAOE

    • 4.6
  • Food: 5.0
  • Service: 5.0
  • Decor: 4.0
  • Meal Price: $100 - $199

The restaurant facade has no signage. It's just a typical glass door with the address number on it we were told. Walked in a couple of minutes before our reservation and got escorted to our table right away. There are two seatings: 6:00pm and 9:30pm. Each one with 8 people each. You are told you MUST get there promptly, but people were still strolling in at 6:15 and 6:20 (gotta love Miami). The place is small, quaint, and mostly in grey with dimmed lighting and classical music playing. There were two hostesses working the room.

 

We placed our drink order (beer) and waited. And waited. It is my impression that they wait for all of the diners to show to start the dinner progression together. If that's the case, then this was one of the reasons I was sitting there starving and the first course did not arrive until 6:30pm. It's not like most restaurants where you have some bread or something to munch on. There was nothing. We had unfortunately skipped lunch, so we were starting to get irked when the bento box finally arrived.

 

That's the thing with NAOE. Everything is made on the spot and beyond fresh. Some of it, still swimming that morning or alive minutes before Chef Cory starts prepping it. That's a big part of the wait in the beginning and the wait we experienced in between courses. This is when I regretted not sitting at the bar. If you are at the bar, you are watching him prep and it's more entertaining. With the dim lighting, classical music, and long hauls in between there were moments I was yawning!

 

The bento box was good though. I cannot begin to pronounce or write everything I had that night, but it was all very interesting. To me, the real stars came in the 8 pieces of sushi that followed. Each one served individually and brushed with the Chef's own soy sauce recipe and actual REAL wasabi. A true delicacy. All of it. The first one was the salmon belly and I was instantly hooked. The problem was that it was so good, I wanted 5 more! Roll after roll just confirmed that, yup, this was absolutely spectacular. The rice is also made in batches and usually hot when topped with the cold sushi. Amazing. The hype is real. My favorites were the salmon belly, Boston shrimp, and the eel. When you are done with the 8 roll progression, you have the option to order additional rolls from an a la carte 5 option menu. That's when we chose the eel and the gooey duck clam. The clam? Well, that one was brought out alive to show us. Yikes! Kind of cool, kind of creepy all in one. The waitress said it is blanched and then shocked with ice water to prevent muscle spasms (which has happened in the past!). At some point, she also brought out a mail certificate to prove that the fish was flown in from Japan that same day. I guess people have requested this before? She also showed us a photo (on a phone) of its arrival. I have to say, they really go out of their way to properly serve us and explain everything in detail. Both hostesses were incredibly sweet and personable.

 

The beer we had was the Asahi and the Ginga Kogen. Both very good. For dessert, they brought out a palate cleanser plate of fruit which was good, but at the end of the day, it's just a plate of very fresh fruit. Then,  they brought out a combo of the honey cake and the mystery ice cream. I won't tell you what the mystery ingredient is of course! The honey cake is completely organic and made with only 4 ingredients. It does not contain sugar and uses the honey solely as the sweetener. I could have had another serving of both. I also tried the Snow of Kaga which is frozen sake. Very interesting! If you have it as a slushy it is really strong. Think nail polish remover strong. Once it melts it is heavenly.

 

Was I full when I finished? No. I was satisfied. I would suggest you have a good lunch that day so that you can hold out for all the waiting in between "bites". Also, remember to sit at the bar if possible.

 

Overall, NAOE does deliver exceptional food. You have to try it at least once! Miami is lucky to have such a restaurant.  

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Sweet sweet Kumamoto Oyster naoemiami

Sweet sweet Kumamoto Oyster naoemiami

Akamutsu - Red Blue Fish from Japan naoemiami

Akamutsu - Red Blue Fish from Japan naoemiami

Uni (sea urchin roe) and Konoko (salt pickled sea  cucumber roe) from Japan naoemiami

Uni (sea urchin roe) and Konoko (salt pickled sea cucumber roe) from Japan naoemiami

Unagi Shioyaki - basted freshwater eel from Japan naoemiami

Unagi Shioyaki - basted freshwater eel from Japan naoemiami

Thank you Chef Kevin Cory & Naoe for an incredible and memorable meal!! naoemiami

Thank you Chef Kevin Cory & Naoe for an incredible and memorable meal!! naoemiami

The elegant simplicity of the main dining room naoemiami

The elegant simplicity of the main dining room naoemiami

  • Sweet sweet Kumamoto Oyster naoemiami 649126
  • Akamutsu - Red Blue Fish from Japan naoemiami 649127
  • Uni (sea urchin roe) and Konoko (salt pickled sea  cucumber roe) from Japan naoemiami 649128
  • Unagi Shioyaki - basted freshwater eel from Japan naoemiami 649129
  • Thank you Chef Kevin Cory & Naoe for an incredible and memorable meal!! naoemiami 649130
  • The elegant simplicity of the main dining room naoemiami 649131

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Did you know that there are no Miami restaurants with Michelin stars? BLASPHEMY! I cant believe its

Did you know that there are no Miami restaurants with Michelin stars? BLASPHEMY! I cant believe its taken this long to post about Naoe. One of the only actual five-star restaurants in the 305. This intimate and pure place is the creation of Chef Kevin Cory, and is actually the 6th most expensive sushi restaurant in the states. So is it worth it? I mean youll have to figure it out for yourself, but if you trust TNB, then YES. It is worth it. The menu is omakase and entirely curated by Cory based on the freshest fish and produce. Essentially it will consist of a four-item bento box followed by numerous courses of nigiri sushi and dessert. Alcohol is available and abundant but not included in your set menu price. Definitely a special occasion kind of joint. Never the less it is an extremely beautiful and calculated experience. naoemiami matoses theprofessionaleater

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NAOE MIAMI, FL

http://www.thesushilegend.com/naoe.html

Brickell Bay. $185+ per person, Omakase only.

So here's the thing about Naoe...it's the best culinary experience I've ever had.

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One of the weird things that I do - that I truly hope I'm not alone in doing - is imagine what my last meal on earth would be if I had that choice. For most of my life, my default answer usually was some variation of whatever I'd be in the mood for before my impending death. After experiencing Naoe though, there's really not much debate. The crazy thing is that it isn't even really a meal. It's an experience - no, it's theatre. Never have I sat for a 200 minute meal and not felt like I wanted to leave after 60. But at Naoe, the time flies, partially because of the food, but also because of the service. 8 people are allowed to eat at Naoe per sitting. Contrasted against the 7 staff that I counted, and the fact that each of them is incredibly engaging are why call it theatre.

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None of that would matter if the the Food wasn't world-class. If the pictures attached don't give it away, I can assure you that it is. Naoe is partly-owned by chef Kevin Cory, a highly rated sushi chef who uses his Japanese heritage to his advantage by sourcing most of his ingredients directly from Japan. That includes by the way, the Sake, which comes from Chef Cory's family brewery in Oono.

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Among the many courses, one that stands out was the Bento Box, a course which I haven't usually seen in Omakase meals and a course which has become somewhat of a hallmark for Chef Cory. Obviously this isn't your typical Bento Box, given that this one featured Egg Custard with Uni sauce, Sweet Potato and Daikon rice, Bostom Clam (pictured being removed on the left) with Pork Jaw and Live clam with herring roe. Again, that was just the Bento Box.

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Among other meal highlights was the whole Japanese Sandfish (pictured right), which included some of the tastiest roe I've ever had. The Lobster with Golden ring Octopus and Monkfish Liver (a personal favourite) worked well together as a break in the middle of a multitude of Sushi courses.

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As some of you who read this blog know, I'm always a sucker for trying new fish, and Naoe certainly had plenty of that. Specifically, the Sea Cucumber ovaries were phenomenal (please don't judge me). For pictures of all the courses, please see below, and don't hesitate to e-mail for any ID's.

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As I mentioned above, The Atmopshere is phenomenal as well. Naoe is situated on semi-private Brickell Key, so it already feels somewhat exclusive before you sit down. Despite having room for 10, reservations are capped at 8 for each of the two seatings. The host and staff are so knowledgeable it's scary; everyone knows exactly what you are eating and from where, which was a bonus for someone like me who hates having to awkwardly ask. Chef Cory is reserved, but friendly, which is as expected for a talented chef.

Naoe doesn't profess to be an inexpensive meal. But - and this may sound ridiculous given it's $250+ price tag per person - it offers people exactly what they want at good value. Sourcing ingredients from Japan, especially in such small quantities, can't be cheap. All that does is add to the experience, which I found to be incredible. Highly recommended.

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Hector, Mitsuharu, Gaston, a friend, Leopoldo and I. Dinner with friends

Hector, Mitsuharu, Gaston, a friend, Leopoldo and I. Dinner with friends

Tonight's Bento Box

Tonight's Bento Box

Broiled Komochi Ayu on Star Gooseberry Leaves with Cucumber Flower, yard Beans, king trumpet mushroo

Broiled Komochi Ayu on Star Gooseberry Leaves with Cucumber Flower, yard Beans, king trumpet mushroom, ivy gourd leaf & lime

Master Kevin Cory

Master Kevin Cory

Sake from Scotland

Sake from Scotland

Kumamoto from California

Kumamoto from California

Golden ring octopus from Portugal and Lobster from Maine

Golden ring octopus from Portugal and Lobster from Maine

Young gizzard shad

Young gizzard shad

White Squid from Japan

White Squid from Japan

Live Scallop from Boston

Live Scallop from Boston

Red Bluefish from Japan

Red Bluefish from Japan

Mackerel with white seaweed - from Japan

Mackerel with white seaweed - from Japan

Dried and salted mullet roe from Japan

Dried and salted mullet roe from Japan

Left - salt pickled sea cucumber roe from Japan; right - sea urchin roe from Hokkaido

Left - salt pickled sea cucumber roe from Japan; right - sea urchin roe from Hokkaido

  • Hector, Mitsuharu, Gaston, a friend, Leopoldo and I. Dinner with friends 226168
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  • Broiled Komochi Ayu on Star Gooseberry Leaves with Cucumber Flower, yard Beans, king trumpet mushroo 226170
  • Master Kevin Cory 226171
  • Sake from Scotland 226172
  • Kumamoto from California 226173
  • Golden ring octopus from Portugal and Lobster from Maine 226174
  • Young gizzard shad 226175
  • White Squid from Japan 226176
  • Live Scallop from Boston 226177
  • Red Bluefish from Japan 226178
  • Mackerel with white seaweed - from Japan 226179
  • Dried and salted mullet roe from Japan 226180
  • Left - salt pickled sea cucumber roe from Japan; right - sea urchin roe from Hokkaido 226181

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Such a beautiful meal and dining experience curated by chef Kevin Corey at Naoe - one of the  finest

Such a beautiful meal and dining experience curated by chef Kevin Corey at Naoe - one of the finest Japanese restaurants in the country naoemiami

Each meal begins with a bento box filled with thoughtfully selected bites - our bento included silke

Each meal begins with a bento box filled with thoughtfully selected bites - our bento included silken tofu with abalone liver sauce, shuto (fermented tuna innards), some unusual vegetables and Fukko sashimi naoemiami

Sweet sweet Kumamoto Oyster naoemiami

Sweet sweet Kumamoto Oyster naoemiami

Akamutsu - Red Blue Fish from Japan naoemiami

Akamutsu - Red Blue Fish from Japan naoemiami

Uni (sea urchin roe) and Konoko (salt pickled sea  cucumber roe) from Japan naoemiami

Uni (sea urchin roe) and Konoko (salt pickled sea cucumber roe) from Japan naoemiami

Unagi Shioyaki - basted freshwater eel from Japan naoemiami

Unagi Shioyaki - basted freshwater eel from Japan naoemiami

Thank you Chef Kevin Cory & Naoe for an incredible and memorable meal!! naoemiami

Thank you Chef Kevin Cory & Naoe for an incredible and memorable meal!! naoemiami

The elegant simplicity of the main dining room naoemiami

The elegant simplicity of the main dining room naoemiami

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  • Sweet sweet Kumamoto Oyster naoemiami 337711
  • Akamutsu - Red Blue Fish from Japan naoemiami 337712
  • Uni (sea urchin roe) and Konoko (salt pickled sea  cucumber roe) from Japan naoemiami 337713
  • Unagi Shioyaki - basted freshwater eel from Japan naoemiami 337714
  • Thank you Chef Kevin Cory & Naoe for an incredible and memorable meal!! naoemiami 337715
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Turn off the lights and pick up the broken glasses

Turn off the lights and pick up the broken glasses

Forget masterchef. This is the real mystery box

Forget masterchef. This is the real mystery box

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Un Caracol

Un Caracol

Mountain Potato in Sawdust

Mountain Potato in Sawdust

The Belly of the Salmon

The Belly of the Salmon

Monkfish Liver "Foie Gras of the Sea" + Octopus + Soy Citrus

Monkfish Liver "Foie Gras of the Sea" + Octopus + Soy Citrus

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Eel

Eel

Eel Part Two

Eel Part Two

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  • Mountain Potato in Sawdust 227165
  • The Belly of the Salmon 227166
  • Monkfish Liver "Foie Gras of the Sea" + Octopus + Soy Citrus 227167
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Information of NAOE

Location
661 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131
Phone Number
(305) 947-6263
Category
Japanese / Southeast Asian / Seafood / Sushi
Average Price
$100 - $199 | Dinner
Business Hours
Sun:6:00PM - 12:00AM
Mon:6:00PM - 12:00AM
Tue:6:00PM - 12:00AM
Wed:6:00PM - 12:00AM
Thu:6:00PM - 12:00AM
Fri:6:00PM - 12:00AM
Sat:6:00PM - 12:00AM
Occasion
date
Dress code
Casual
Reservation
Yes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes
Credit cards
Yes
Outdoor dining
No
Delivery
No
Takeout
No
Caters
No
Dogs allowed
No
Website
map

Quick Summary

NAOE is a dining establishment located in Miami FL, that has a background of serving a wide variety of Japanese cuisine. Please take note that according to many reviewers, the executive chef here is Kevin Cory, but another tip many recommend to sit at the sushi bar for immediate service.

NAOE serves a wide selection and different variety of Japanese cuisine as well, which includes the customer favorite dish, the spicy tuna rolls they offer. While some reviewers may find some of the prices here are between $60-100, many others also recommend ordering the crab rolls they offer.

Some people say the atmosphere is very new wave. Many feel as if it is a cool trendy place for younger couples to come and hang out and eat some good food.

The servers here are super professional. From the way they are dressed to the way they present themselves, you can tell they are very good at their job and make it for a very memorable experience.

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