There are a handful of spectacular restaurants in the city of Doral worth the drive from downtown and at the top of the list is Kokai Sushi and Lounge. The reason? Because it is the best damn sushi you have ever had in your life, with an assortment of large rolls, authentic Japanese cuisine and a menu of items that have their own twist like their Alejandro roll that appropriately is a rendition of my name— Shrimp Tempura, Salmon Tempura, Cream Cheese, Avocado, Sweet Potato and House Sauce. The crispy tempura with the zest of the house sauce is no less than fantastic. “When we opened our first Kokai restaurant in 1998, we set out to create an unforgettable dining experience for our customers. We started in the city of Valencia, Venezuela where every customers was treated like family. Four years later, in 2002, following the success of the first restaurant, we opened the second Kokai restaurant in Maracay, Venezuela. We were “the first” Japanese restaurant in the city. We not only brought sushi to Maracay but also a place where people could get together and enjoy a delightful dining experience,” according to the website.

Giant origami birds and Japanese inspired décor including the country’s flag and brilliant live plants welcome you when you enter, adding enchantment and authenticity to the dining experience. It is small enough to be personable and large enough to not feel crammed. For starters we tried the Maguro Tataki, seared thin slices of tuna in their especial house sauce. The house sauce is from out of this world- literally. Most of the recipes were formulated in the place’s first location in Venezuela. They take pride in offering the finest sushi in Venezuela and we are fortunate enough for them to bring the menu to Miami.

Majestic and creamy, the Soysaludable, tuna roll with kani and avocado is an experience upon itself. It is in a category of its own with no rice, all the best parts of sushi. Fresh fish engulfing the crab and avocado creates a soft, meaty texture with explosion of flavor in the center. It is completely savory to the last bite and perfect for cutting carbs down. Other riceless rolls include the Caribbean with a plantain roll with salmon, eel, cream cheese, and avocado (deep fried in tempura batter). The Kanikyurimaki which is wrapped in cucumber with crabstick, cream cheese in a light sweet sauce and the Matshury with salmon, tuna, white fish, eel, crabstick and cream cheese (deep fried in tempura batter). Yes, it is as incredible as it sounds.

Follow them on Instagram, www.instagram.com/kokaisushi like their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/KokaiSushi and visit their website for more menu options, kokaisushi.com. SALUTATIONS AND THANKS FOR BEING @MIAMIHOLICS.