California-based Scratch Restaurants Group opens its first location in Miami

Miami's culinary landscape is about to get a lot more exciting with the addition of SUSHI BY SCRATCH RESTAURANTS
Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas – Photo courtesy of Sushi by Scratch Restaurants

Miami has never looked so good. With the recent wave of admiration from Michelin-starred guides, Miami is finally being recognized for its incredible foodie scene and fantastic restaurants that offer something new to everyone who visits this city! On the heels of those big wins, California-based Scratch Restaurants Group is announcing the opening of its Michelin-starred omakase concept, Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Miami. Slated to open at Coconut Grove’s historic Stirrup House on July 1, 2020 – with a waiting list already building in anticipation – Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Miami will signal the arrival of husband-and-wife chef/restaurateurs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee to Miami’s sunny shores.

Blue Fine Tuna Akami – Photo courtesy of Sushi by Scratch

Housed behind the newly-starred Ariete restaurant in the heart of Coconut Grove, Stirrup House is a historic two-story bungalow that evokes the spirit and mystique of bygone Florida. Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Miami is taking over the bottom floor of the building, transforming it into a 10-seat counter-only omakase den, manned by a team of three chefs and one bartender. With nightly seatings (5 PM, 7:15 PM, and 9:30 PM), dinner at Sushi by Scratch Restaurants is a literal hands-on experience you won’t miss. Each bite is handmade and placed by our chefs, who engage directly with our guests over 17 courses, which last about two hours. Locations include Los Angeles, the Michelin-starred outpost in Montecito, Austin, and now Miami. “Naturally, the quality of our product must be and is of the utmost importance. But what was made clear over the years is that a truly exceptional omakase experience is about more than who has the best fish and rice. That is important, but beyond being a showcase for sourcing and technique, a great omakase experience must ‘tell a story and take diners on a journey. With every bite, that is what we aim to do.”

Wild-caught Korean Escolar Wasabi Salmon Caviar – Photo courtesy of Sushi by Scratch

A journey begins 20 minutes before the scheduled seating time with a complimentary welcome cocktail. From there, a progressive, intoxicating, alluring tasting experience consisting of strictly nigiri, each item handmade and served as is – no extras, no sidecars of soy sauce or wasabi. Everything is made from scratch, including soy sauce, vinegar, etc. “although the flavor profiles of our nigiri may not sound traditional, our approach to nigiri is,” adds Kallas-Lee. “Our niche has always been our flavor profiles. Someone might be surprised when a perfect slice of Hamachi is painted with a sweet corn pudding and topped with a fine sprinkle of bread crumbs. But that one bite delivers a flavor you won’t forget and is also a call back to Phillip’s childhood and designed to trigger our guests’ most beloved food memories.”

A seat at Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Miami is $165 per person plus tax and service. Non-alcoholic beverages include beer, wine, sake, and Japanese whiskeys available a la carte. There are also two beverage pairing options: $85 (featuring three different sakes, two cocktails, and one beer) and $110 (featuring six different pours of sake). Reservations are required and can be made in advance via Sushi by Scratch Restaurants Miami is located at the historic Stirrup House in Coconut Grove at 3242 Charles Street. For more information on Scratch Restaurants, please visit

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