The Casual Restaurant Critic thinks he may have found a new favourite sushi restaurant in Merida. Opened (and operated) by a 14 year veteran of Cancuns Yamamoto restaurant, tiny sushi-lovers delight Miyabi is tucked unceremoniously in the little strip mall on Montejo where you can also find Carls Junior (formerly Checkers), Segafredo and the underwhelming Ca’ d’Oro Italian restaurant.
Unceremoniously doesn’t mean that this is an unattractive restaurant; far from it! It is all white inside, with a granite sushi bar and many real Japanese decorations brought over from Japan by the chefs Better Half, who is charming and hails from the land of the rising sun.
The Critic and HIS Better Half sat at the slightly uncomfortable sushi bar – uncomfortable because the stools don’t have that cross brace on the bottom which leaves your feet dangling and strains the back. Does this sound like an old fart or what – and ordered directly from the chef/owner. The highlight was a special roll called Nozumi, which featured chopped scallops and heated smoked eel, but all the dishes ordered (sushi – rolls and nigiri only) were excellent. The Critic enjoyed immensely the fact that the raw fish was ice cold and fresh tasting; the chef commented that he only orders what he plans on selling so as to keep things fresh and if it runs out, well better luck next time. This was the case with the salmon (sake, or shake as they call it here) which was no more, much to the Critics chagrin, who ordered a fat slab of fresh cold tuna on a nigiri piece. Fantastic.
After the late lunch, the chef and his lovely wife comped a dessert – red bean ice cream. This is not made on the premises, but brought from Mexico City where a Japanese family makes this and other (Lychee, Green Tea) ice creams.
Miyabi has been open for about two months and apparently, business is booming. Go for lunch soon, but late, as it tends to fill up and you will have to wait in the 40 degree heat outside. And that’s not a pretty picture.
7 thoughts on “Miyabi Sushi”
Tom, and I, along with a friend went to Miyabi about 3 weeks ago, and indeed the food was fabulous. I really enjoyed the fresh open bright clean ambiance. I don’t recall music, but think low volume oriental style music would be lovely.
I was MOST impressed by the salads, OMFG I haven’t had good seaweed salad like that since leaving the States….
It was a lovely dining experence, although pricey – at least for our purse. We will go back, but will still frequent Campay as their sushi, rolls, and soups are just as good and less expensive.
They had some Japanese background music on on the Critics visit yesterday.
All you had to say is that they are from “Yamamoto” in Cancun…. one of the best sushi restaurants ever. Woo hoo for Merida!
I don’t eat much sushi, but I went there with a friend and had the seaweed salad, oh,my, so pretty, so tasty. I had a noodle dish (tempenyaki?) which was enough for 2 people, and my friend had some sushi made with banana which she let me taste, it was very good too.
I would definitely eat there again.
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