Leave it to Max’s Grille to add sushi to their menu when their Japanese restaurant neighbor closed, leaving Mizner Park sushi-less.
Seven rolls and a Hamachi jalapeno crudo are available from 4 p.m. on, Tuesdays through Saturdays with plans to expand to lunch and daily soon. The sushi menu is also available for to-go and delivery. The restaurant just added a selection of rolls and sake options to the happy hour 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at the bar and high tops.
We had an outdoor table for a tasting and found the rolls larger than usual. Diners can order them as appetizers for the table or a light bite meal. If you do a sushi meal, one of our favorite starters at Max’s is sesame seared tuna. “I use all the best quality,” new sushi chef Tony Buemi said about the ingredients.
Our waiter recommended a Chardonnay with the sushi, but we stuck with a watermelon basil martini and a classic mojito.
For their signature sushi, don’t let the splash of jalapeno in the Hamachi, spicy tuna pop and Mizner roll discourage you, our fellow taster said. Especially liked the rice pearls and crispy shallots. That roll also includes Hamachi, spicy tuna, avocado, cilantro and eel sauce.
The apt named Long Beach roll has salmon, cream cheese, scallion and avocado among the ingredients. Salmon crunch roll with eel, avocado, tempura flakes one of our usual favorites.
Max’s California roll has real deep sea snow crab, the chef noted. You can make into a rainbow roll by adding tuna, salmon and Hamachi. Our taster was even a fan of the vegetarian garden roll with all veggies and mixed greens.
You can see the entire sushi menu online at https://www.maxsgrille.com/ before you go.
For diners new to Boca, Max’s Grille is a restaurant staple, and we found the outdoor bar already hopping at 5:30 p.m. Outdoor tables with a sunset view filled up quickly. They open for lunch at 11:30 a.m.
By Marci Shatzman