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313 NW 25th St, Miami
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A few hours before dinner at Hiden, you get an email that contains a secret code to get in the door, along with a list of rules that includes “not to wear perfume in consideration to others and the food.” When you show up to either the 6:30pm or 9:30pm seating, you have to go to The Taco Stand, a casual restaurant in Wynwood where no one is dressed like they’re about to eat a very expensive omakase dinner. You walk to the back in your way-too-fancy clothes, enter the code, and watch as a secret door silently slides open.

Then, you’re in for two hours of some of the best Japanese food in Miami. And Hiden would be worth a visit for that food alone—but what really makes this place special isn’t just the meal, but the whole experience where you get to feel like you work for the CIA’s sushi division.

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photo credit: Chad Fabrikant

Let’s get this out of the way now—Hiden is expensive. It costs $300 to reserve one of the eight seats here (not including gratuity), and any drinking you want to do is extra. And because Hiden only seats eight, you’ll need to make a reservation weeks in advance. But if you’re looking to celebrate a big anniversary with a loved one who loves raw fish almost as much as they love you, know that Hiden will do its part to make your meal worth all the money and effort.

Even inside, Hiden seems like some sort of gathering for the sushi equivalent of the Illuminati. The restaurant itself is a tiny soundproof bunker that would be the ideal place to ride out a natural disaster. Servers bend over and whisper when they address you. The Japanese toilet in the bathroom is as sophisticated as a military jet. The service is nothing short of immaculate.

But somehow Hiden still feels like a friend’s dinner party—if that friend happened to be a highly secretive billionaire with a love for excellent raw fish. The meal starts with a complimentary glass of champagne and the two chefs working diligently behind the small counter are never too busy to stop and tell you about the tuna, which was flown in from Japan just that morning actually.

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photo credit: Chad Fabrikant

The food is given the same attention to detail as the email that asks you to keep your scent on stealth-mode. You may never have tasted a piece of fish as tender and delicious as the fatty toro you'll be handed here. Wasabi is grated fresh and pieces of mackerel are brushed with hot coals before being placed in front of you. There are fat lumps of uni and the meal ends with a few bites of a crazy delicious slice of A5 wagyu beef that you won’t even need to chew. It just evaporates in your mouth like a juicy cloud.

But these moments of ecstatic chewing are what we expect from a $200 per person omakase. And Hiden meets those expectations. Where Hiden exceeds expectations, though, is not necessarily on the plate, but rather in the experience of espionage it took for you to get here in the first place. That's what you end up remembering most: those 24 hours when you got to be a sushi secret agent.

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Food Rundown

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Sake and wine options aside, everyone has the same meal at Hiden. They only offer one omakase option that generally clocks in at around 16 to 18 courses. The meal might start with a kusshi oyster and eventually reach its climax during the nigiri courses. The quality of the fish puts Hiden firmly in the top tier of Miami's ultra-expensive omakase dinners. From the amazing sashimi to the toro handroll you’ll wish you could have three more of, it’s an incredibly special dining experience. Every course may not have you seeing the god of sushi, but it’s a thoughtful menu that delivers an experience worthy of the hefty price tag.

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