Time to Meet South Beach’s New Maki Mecca
There’s an LED Bar and Shisha in Here, Too
When it comes to South Beach, not much surprises you anymore.
Not even the massive raccoon-dog hybrid you’ll be having dinner with.
Stick with us here...
Because you’re about to meet Tanuki, the first stateside location of the maki, sake and shisha wunderkind, soft-open now in South Beach.
Believe it or not, these guys actually come to us via—wait for it—Moscow. Naturally, they’ve chosen our city to debut their fancy new Pan-Asian concept. Which is good news for you and the temaki aficionado you’ve made dinner plans with. Because they’ve got that.
You’ll step into an airy space with reclaimed-barn-wood walls and steel beams. And yes, that’s a giant statue of a raccoon-dog hybrid presiding over the on-goings of the dining room. That’s a tanuki. Apparently it’s a talisman of good fortune. Listen... whatever works.
To one side of the wraparound LED bar: an open kitchen, alive with promises of robata-grilled meats and truffled yellowtail maki and Peking duck soba. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here—back to the bar. With all its popcorn rum, wasabi-infused mezcal and smoked coconut cream at its disposal until 2am, drinking will be an equal priority.
And after your maki feast: shisha. It’s available pretty much every single night.
Surgeon generals be damned.