Ten Best Sushi Restaurants in Palm Beach County
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 be an entirely different ball game. And the fact that we are literally leagues away from the world's best fish markets makes it that much more apparent.
Union / Candyfish The Tuna Tower roll from Union / Candyfish in Delray Beach.
But what we lack in 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 man, was it worth it.
10. Sushi Yama Siam
Sushi Yama Boynton Beach A special roll at Sushi Yama Boynton Beach.
These stylish modern Japanese eateries (there's one in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach) feature a bento-box special with a variety of choices for lunch -- a real value deal. Start with unique starter sushi plates, appetizers like squid pasta or spicy conch or octopus salad. Rolls and tempuras or teriyaki are the way to go. Boats full of sushi and sashimi serve two to five people. Off the sushi menu find plenty of temaki -- hand rolls -- and look for dozens of signature rolls like the sunrise roll, deep fried tuna with salmon, krab, cream cheese and cucumber with a sweet and spicy sauce. There are also several rice-free rolls for those looking for just the raw fish.
9. Lemon Grass Asian Bistro
Lemon Grass Asian Bistro Facebook
Lemon Grass is swank sushi spot, but even though it looks pricey, the price is right. The menu at the Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach restaurants verges on gigantic, but its easy to navigate, and unlike other multipage menus, this one hangs together beautifully and never loses focus, effortlessly drawing out Vietnamese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Thai, and Japanese threads. From the sushi bar, a gorgeously designed plate of tuna tataki is arranged like a Chinese fan; a plate of tiny whole baby octopuses slathered with a sweet and rich deep-red marinade pop when you chew them -- a visceral effect that takes some getting used to, but theyre wonderful. Vietnamese-style summer rolls are a perfectly balanced ode to the season; won-ton soup with asparagus floats puck-sized homemade chicken dumplings in a clear broth with napa cabbage.
8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL
230 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, FL
23009 State Road 7, Boca Raton, FL
101 Plaza Real SE, Boca Raton, FL
350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL
3755 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL
319 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL
1614 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL
271 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, FL