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Compass C o nn o isseur A CUT ABOVE Star sushi auteurs fresh from their NYC debut, Azabu Miami Beach offers Magic City locals a tantalizing taste of one of our nation’s fastest-rising gourmands. TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL Much like famed pop artists and stars of screen and stage, there are certain names that, when uttered to those in the culinary know, people immediately pay attention to. Names that arise as much salivatory anticipation of future feasts as curiosity. A bearer of just such a muscular moniker, Chef Masatsugu Kubo, former executive of achingly traditional Nagoya standout Ryotei Kawabun and now head of Azabu Miami Beach, brings a steadfast dedication to traditional flavors and forms that cheerfully clashes with our city’s obsession with the new. The latest offering from the preeminent culinary group that spearheads Michelin- starred Sushi Azabu New York, Azabu Miami Beach is a veritable wonderland for authenticity-obsessed gastronomers, featuring full-service dining hall, “secret” sushi corner The Den and a classic cocktail bar focused on showcasing sakes and imported whiskies from around the world. Like any excellent museum worth a visit, one trip won’t be enough to truly enjoy all on offer at this elegant eatery; Miami.AzabuGlobal.com. 14