100. Braised Eggplant at Sushi Bon

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It's that time of year again when we count down to New Times' Best Of 2012 issue in June. Starting today, Clean Plate Charlie will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes. If you have any nominations of your own, please add them to the comments or visit our Facebook page.

100. Braised eggplant at Sushi Bon

When a bowl of Asian eggplant arrives, minuscule fingers from papery bonito flutter as if it were alive. Savory, salty, and sweet mark each delicious

bite of a dish that's braised in a soy and dashi broth. Dashi, or Japanese soup stock, is often made by soaking dried kelp , cured bonito flakes, and dried fish or shiitake mushrooms in water. The result is umami-rich and savory.

Vegetables are the starters at Sushi Bon, where regulars direct rookies from the laminated menu to specials on the whiteboard. Chef Ebi Hana's vegetable dishes such as this one are often as memorable as the fish.

Sushi Bon is one of the rare spots in South Florida that serves fresh-caught fish, straight from the boat. Read last week's review as to why the restaurant should be in a sushi aficionado's rotation.

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