V&E Restaurant Group and Fabric Group LATAM have come together again to introduce the second outpost of its popular Paperfish Sushi concept, a contemporary Tokyo-inspired izakaya with masterfully crafted Nikkei cuisine using the finest seasonal ingredients.

Neatly tucked away amid pastel Mediterranean-style buildings, the restaurant presents its signature Japanese meets Peruvian flavors to the vibrant pedestrian-friendly Espanola Way. Set firmly in Japanese culture while offering a fresh, buzzy appeal, diners are invited in for a warm welcome of fresh seasonal sushi, small plates, and well-made specialty cocktails.

Here, attention to detail rooted in Japanese tradition is evident throughout – from its clean contemporary style to artfully crafted dishes. Set to the soft glow emanating from the bar and sushi counter, the dining room flaunts a clean palette of natural materials and handcrafted ceramics, offset by towering pink cherry blossom trees. Outdoors, a terrace adorned with Japanese street signs and string-lit trees offers an idyllic backdrop for a program of delicate and specialized cuisine, weaving beautiful links between old world and new. 

The very first VE restaurant opened on Espanola Way and now, 25 years later we have not three, but four full-service operations,” said CEO Matias Pesce. “As a two-time winner of Miami New Time’s Best Japanese Restaurant, we couldn’t be more excited to bring the popular Paperfish Sushi concept to this iconic, pedestrian street.”

Opening daily for happy hour through dinner, Paperfish Sushi will be serving up creative cocktails highlighting an interplay of fresh Japanese and tropical flavors, alongside an international selection of spirits, sake, wines, beers, and champagnes. Programming will infuse energy to embody an upbeat mood, while a robust delivery program ensures diners can enjoy their favorite dishes in the comfort of their home.

The new featured cocktail Chanoyu, meaning “the way of tea” is Paperfish Sushi’s take on a Japanese Mojito. Prepared and served tableside, this signature cocktail is meant to be shared for two. The Chanoyu incorporates Japanese Gin with mint, lime, coconut water, matcha syrup, orange blossom water mist, poured over dried ice, and garnished with a mint spring and a rose water, and is inspired by traditional Japanese tea culture and its South Beach location.

A warm, social dining experience will also be encouraged with a mix of small and main plates perfect for sharing. Broken up into sections of Zenzai (appetizers), Raw Bar, Salads, Sushi, and Tokusen (mains), with Omakase available for $120 per person. The menu will mirror its Brickell counterpart with a few new additions inspired by its new location.

New menu standouts include Steamed Nikkei Grouper (fresh grouper, steam with soy sake, scallion, ginger, cilantro, pour with hot garlic olive oil) and the Ichiban Sando – winner of the 2022 SOBE Seafood Festival sushi battle – (crispy rice, spicy tuna, avocado, and crab salad, red tobiko, smoked bonito flakes, and clarified garlic butter).

Appetizers such as Tiradito Apassionado (Salmon, Passion Fruit, Philo strips, Rocoto) and Nikkei Tuna (Peruvian yellow sauce, Foie gras) from the Raw Bar range from $6 to $24, while Tokusen such as Pulpo Robata (Octopus, Chimi Nipon / Olive, Mashed Edamame) and Wagyu Ishiyaki (Tataki Grilled Wagyu, signature sauce) are from $18 to $45.

Celebrating its debut in South Beach, Paperfish Sushi will be open to the public for reservations on Friday, November 25 with an invitation-only grand opening event on Friday, December 9, featuring live music, entertainment, complimentary cocktails, and culinary bites from 8pm to 11pm. Media tasting dinners will also be available from Monday, November 21 – December 1(Reservations required to info@paperfishsushi.com.

Paperfish Sushi is located at 432 Espanola Way in the heart of South Beach and will be open for happy hour and dinner. www.paperfishsushi.com


Hours of Operation: 4:00 pm – 12:00 pm Sunday – Thursday and 4:00 – 1:00 am Friday & Saturday

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