Ten Best Sushi Restaurants in Palm Beach County
Lemongrass Asian Bistro has several locations across Palm Beach County.
Photo courtesy of Lemongrass Asian Bistro
Despite our proximity to the ocean and the nearby bounty of fresh catches we South Floridians can find year round, attempting to find fresh sushi in our tropical paradise can still be a challenge. But it can be done.
And what we might lack in nationally esteemed sushi joints, we make up for with variety. We've got everything from creative chefs that light up our taste buds with downright indulgent omakase experiences, to menus rife with specialty rolls — even buffet-style spaces that churn out sushi and sashimi on a rotating conveyer belt. But which among them are the best in Palm Beach County?
To find out, we did some sampling. Yes, our pockets have been emptied — and our mercury levels are slightly elevated — but it was worth it.
The lobster bomb at Kontiki in Wellington.
Photo by Nicole Danna
10. Kontiki Wine & Raw Bar
13860 Wellington Trace, Wellington. Call 561-296-0404, or visit kontikiwellington.com.
Despite its remote location in the heart of Wellington, this Asian tapas and sushi house is worth the trip if you're in the mood for some creative rolls served in a fun, funky atmosphere. Aside from the varied list of sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls, the menu offers one of our favorite finds. The Kontiki sushi bomb is a highlight here, a tempera-style roll stuffed with tuna, salmon, whitefish, avocado, asparagus, scallion, sesame and masago that is deep fried and topped with the house spicy bomb sauce. It comes in a lobster version, too, if you're feeling extra fancy.
The chef's plate at Sushi Jo in West Palm Beach.
Photo courtesy of Sushi Jo
9. Sushi Jo
319 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Call 561-868-7893, or visit sushijo.com.
With three locations across Palm Beach County — West Palm Beach, Juno Beach, and Boynton Beach — Sushi Jo has a long history of serving up some of the best sushi in the area. Born and raised in Miami, owner Jo Clark started working in restaurants at the age of 13 and served his sushi apprenticeship for a decade at Yama in Lake Worth, where he worked with chefs from different parts of Japan. Clark says it took five years before they would let him even handle the fish, but he learned everything from cutting vegetables to preparing rice and sauces, as well as how to expertly source the highest quality fish. He opened his first Sushi Jo at the Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan, and the rest — as they say — is history. Celebrate with happy hour every day from 4 to 6 p.m., where you can order $5 rolls.
A beautiful plating at Sushi Bang Bang in Boynton Beach.
Photo courtesy of Sushi Bang Bang
8. Sushi Bang Bang
1050 E. Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach. Call 561-292-3705, or visit facebook.com.
This sushi spot, located in Boynton Beach's Quantum Town Center off Gateway Boulevard, is truly unique. Owned and operated by local couple Tom and Renee Dowd, you could say the sushi here isn't your average offerings. If you're hungry, the $30 Bang Bang Boat will get you seven pieces of the restaurant's master sushi chef's choice of top grade sushi and nine pieces of their freshest sashimi (plus a Big Eye tuna california roll). Or try one more than 10 specialty rolls and 13 or so house rolls with high-quality and inventive ingredients like Alaskan king crab, whole lobster tail, and Big Eye tuna or housemade toppings like a jalapeño chili garlic or Mac Daddy sauce (don't ask, just order). There's also a wide assortment of ever-changing fresh sushi and sashimi available a la carte.
The Super Green roll at Pat Gogo in West Palm Beach.
Photo courtesy of Pat Gogo
7. Pat Gogo
1649 Forum Place, West Palm Beach. Call 561-440-4687, or visit patgogo.com.
Located in a tired old strip mall near Indus and Nature's Way Cafe you'll find two-year-old Pat Gogo, what has become one of the best-kept sushi secrets in West Palm Beach. The restaurant — owned and operated by a young, hip Thai-Japanese couple — offers up some of the most inventive Thai and Japanese dishes around. This includes tuna pizza and a tuna tower topped with torched foie gras. The super-fresh, Americanized sushi rolls are some of the best around and include a number of traditional selections and odd-ball items from the Deluxe Salmon Roll (salmon, cream cheese, and asparagus topped with avocado, seared salmon, tobiko, and a wasabi cream) to the Chicken Teriyaki roll (chicken teriyaki with lettuce and avocado topped with eel sauce).
Thai Haru opened off Okeechobee Boulevard last month.
Photo courtesy of Thai Haru
6. Thai Haru
6901 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-689-1830, or visit thaiharu.com.
This new sushi spot located off Okeechobee Boulevard in the former Thai Room location is where it's at when it comes to fresh, affordable sushi in West Palm Beach, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the downtown strip. Just over a month old, Haru — Japanese for "spring" — offers guests generous portions for fair prices. The main plates offer exceptional selections from volcano duck and curry lobster to garlic tempura soft shell crab. But you've come for the sushi, and executive chef-owner Jirawat Chaijirawat does not disappoint with rolls that offer up fresh, simple combinations like the Key West Roll (shrimp tempura, krab, avocado, and asparagus topped with masago) or the Lobster Bomb (lobster tempura, avocado, and asparagus topped with baked spicy lobster and volcano sauce).
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