Ten Best Sushi Restaurants in Broward County

Haruko Japanese Fusion in Pembroke Pines.
Haruko Japanese Fusion in Pembroke Pines.
Photo by Nicole Danna

Just like fashion, food comes and goes in trends. What was once your risque, '90s, cheek-baring cut-off shorts is now your cultural norm. Just a couple of decades ago, the idea of consuming raw fish was a big no-no for most Americans; only the most adventurous eaters would consider stuffing a big slab of raw tuna down their gullets.

Obviously, that's no longer the case. The Japanese staple can be found all over the place.

But as common as sushi may be these days, not all rolls are created equal. We've all walked into — and then quickly out of — a few foul-smelling fish joints. To help you on your Japanese-style seafood adventures, we snacked and sampled our way through the region to find the freshest in the land. 

Here are ten of the best sushi restaurants in Broward County. Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments section below.

(To find the best sushi in Broward, check out our list.)

Sasaya Japanese Market in Fort Lauderdale.
Sasaya Japanese Market in Fort Lauderdale.
Courtesy of Sasaya Japanese Market.

10. Sasaya Japanese Market
1956 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-761-8010, or visit sasayajapanese.com.
Set in the Gateway Shopping Center, this little market offers all sorts of Japanese and other Asian products: teas, candies, sake, ceremonial teapots, anime, whatever your little heart desires. But it's the hidden sushi bar that gets us going. Here, you'll find superb sushi for just a fragment of the usual cost. Hand rolls and basic rolls go for $3.50 each. Huge portions of spicy tuna rolls will set you back a meager five dollars. A giant volcano roll with scallop, crab, masago, tamago, scallions, and Japanese mayo on top of a California roll goes for less than $10 (in fact, the most expensive roll is $13). The market is open for eat-in — with two communal bartops — but most people do takeout, offered Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. 

Coco Asian Bistro in Fort Lauderdale.
Coco Asian Bistro in Fort Lauderdale.
Courtesy of Coco Asian Bistro.

9. Coco Asian Bistro
1841 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-3541, or visit cocoasianbistro.com.
Good food is nice even without fancy digs, but things just seem to taste better when served in beautiful surroundings. Set in the always busy Harbor Shops, just a hop, skip, and jump from Port Everglades, this Asian spot offers a wide range of fare, from traditional Thai to fusion to sushi. While it's often not a good sign to have too many influences on a menu, it works here; the fare is flavorful and well-prepared. The raw fish tends to sway toward the Thai side with bold and interesting rolls. Mike's Roll combines tuna, spinach, avocado, asparagus, tempura flakes, cucumber, and kampyo rolled in sweet, black, sticky rice and sweet chili sauce. The Alaskan king crab roll subs the real deal for the imitation meat and mixes it with avocado and cucumber inside a soy paper wrap with masago; it's served with fresh fruits and crab meat salad. It might be a bit more expensive than your average sushi spot, but this place is high class. 

Haruko Japanese Fusion in Pembroke Pines.
Haruko Japanese Fusion in Pembroke Pines.
Photo by Nicole Danna

8. Haruko Japanese Fusion 
18283 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Call 754-703-4847, or visit harukomiami.com.
This Miami import is already making waves with its new location in Pembroke Pines, offering up a unique blend of Nikkei cuisine — a fusion of Japanese, Peruvian, and Korean cooking techniques — adapted to use South Florida ingredients. Aside from the usual tiraditos, ceviche, and causas, you can find over two dozen sushi rolls for every taste and type. Specialty rolls feature elements of many different cultures including the eponymous Haruko, a combination of goat cheese, crab salad, avocado, tempura flakes, shrimp tempura, and tuna topped with aji amarillo, eel sauce, and truffle oil. Salad rolls are wrapped in soy paper and spring mix salad, like the Veggie rolled with asparagus, cucumber, red onion, avocado, cherry tomato, and pesto. There are even quinoa rolls, a healthier take that wraps the superfood grain, instead of rice, in soy paper.

Beg for More in Fort Lauderdale.
Beg for More in Fort Lauderdale.
Photo by Candace West

7. Beg for More
2831 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-900-3082, or visit begformorefl.com.
Most South Florida Asian restaurants offer the same thing: sushi and some standard Thai dishes. The owners of Beg for More want to change that. Instead, their menu is an amalgamation of American, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese-tinged fare. There's still sushi, of course, and it's good, despite some off-color titles like "Taste Like My Ex-Girlfriend" that will evoke a double take (at the very least) — it's actually a reference to the roll's spicy ingredients, a combination of Thai and Japanese chili peppers may burn you. Then there's the "Fat Ass," a rice-less yet deep-fried roll with tempura salmon and lava cheese topped with crispy bacon. Of course, the most popular specialty roll is also the bar's signature sushi item: the Beg for More, a curious assortment of pear, asparagus, and avocado topped with crispy fried rock shrimp, chopped tuna, and truffle oil. 

Kevin's Sushi & Thai in Deerfield Beach.
Kevin's Sushi & Thai in Deerfield Beach.
Photo by Candace West

6. Kevin's Sushi & Thai
706 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach. Call 954-418-3939.
Looking for supersized sushi rolls for a good price? Look no further than Kevin's Sushi & Thai in Deerfield Beach. Here, you’ll dine in solace, with the chef’s full attention. If you desire the hum of a well-packed dinner crowd, go at night. Chef-owner Kevin Ongtua will be there, the counter seats at the sushi bar offering the perfect vantage point to watch as he prepares the restaurant’s most impressive menu items: enormous sushi rolls the size of sand dollars, most priced $10 to $12. More pricey rolls go for $16 to $18 thanks to more pricey ingredients like hamachi, conch, or tuna, but can be made in half-orders for nearly half the price. For this reason, Ongtua will make hundreds of rolls each day, using fish delivered to his restaurant six days a week. There’s a small section dedicated to “customers’ favorites” — homage to the loyal patrons who have supported him over the years. There are also the classic and standard gourmet rolls, each an uber-Americanized take that has gone the route of the McDonald’s supersize. The American Dream is just that: fat tempura-fried shrimp and thick cuts of eel fused together with cream cheese and avocado, topped with a splash of gooey-sweet eel sauce and sesame seeds that act as binder, helping to keep it all neatly bound as you configure a way to fit a single slice in your mouth without taking a bite.


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