My father, Rocky Aoki, defined Japanese Cuisine in the United States when he founded the best-known Japanese restaurant in the world - Benihana. I literally grew up in the restaurant industry and quickly began to appreciate the importance of hospitality, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. From my earliest memories, I began to imagine how I could build on the tradition of my father in a way that is equally exciting.
I opened the first Doraku in Miami Beach, Florida, to capture the flavors of Latin Cuisines with the sushi tradition of my native Japan: one that combines traditional Japanese cooking with innovative South American and Pan Asian flavors. We encourage the Japanese culture of sharing - our dishes are served to you "family style." By doing this you will have the opportunity to experience all the unique flavors we offer.
At Doraku we hand select the freshest fish from both local and global markets. Our master chefs then use imaginative techniques to draw out the distinct flavors of the fish through sauces that have been passed down through generations.
Since no meal would be complete without sake, Doraku has one of the most extensive sake menus in the United States. Each year we travel to Japan to hand -select new varieties of artisanal sake (known in Japanese as Jizake) from local microbreweries to fill Doraku's world famous selection.
It is this commitment to quality and attention to detail that make the Doraku experience live up to its name: "the road to happiness."
We hope you will find your happiness here as well.