Ogawa, an Authentic Omakase Restaurant, Opens in Miami’s Little River Neighborhood

Run by the First Latino Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine, the authentic Kappo experience is the first Ibaraki restaurant in the U.S

THE FIRST IBARAKI RESTAURANT IN THE U.S. OPENS IN MIAMI'S LITTLE RIVER NEIGHBORHOOD

Location : 7223 NW 2nd Ave., Little River, Miami
Contact : 786-905-3949
open from Tuesday through Saturday, for dinner only.

Alvaro Perez Miranda, the restaurateur and art dealer who runs the much-acclaimed Miami restaurants Hiyakawa, Wabi Sabi, and Midorie is expanding his portfolio of restaurants with the opening of Ogawa, an intimate 11-seater in the up-and-coming Little River neighborhood. Rooted in the exquisite simplicity of an authentic Japanese Omakase experience, Ogawa delivers a meticulously crafted “chef’s choice” Kappo multi-course meal, a combination of the finest seasonal ingredients, food from the Ibaraki prefecture and fresh seafood from Tokyo’s famed Toyosu fish market sliced and plated in front of diners.

“Ogawa offers a traditional Japanese omakase experience with no set amount of courses or price, which allows diners the freedom to stop eating when they want to” notes Perez Miranda, the first Latino in the U.S. appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine, who also serves as the  Ibaraki Prefecture Food Ambassador in the U.S. Guests can decide exactly how many pieces they want and indicate their preference of fish. This allows the chef to better customize the pace and the offerings of the omakase meal.”

Helmed by master sushi chef Masayuki Komatsu, Ogawa’s omakase counter offers only 11 seats to guarantee intimacy and “kikubari,” the Japanese art of caring for others. Diners are seated up close at the bar counter and can immerse themselves in the dining experience, watching as the chef prepares each dish. The ever-changing seasonal array of high-quality seafood will feature delicacies like Ahoata (banded grouper), Hata Hata (Japanese sandfish), Hotate (sea scallop) and Ohtoro (fatty bluefin tuna), served as nigiri, sushi, handrolls and other variations. Ogawa will be the first official Ibaraki prefecture restaurant in the U.S. – wagyu, melons, rice, sweet potatoes and other foods from the top agricultural Japanese region will be incorporated into the offerings.

The Kappo-style cuisine at Ogawa is a multi-sensory experience, complemented by a beverage program curated by co-owner and sommelier Luis Martinez. Guests can pair their meal with a champagne selection of grower-producers, rare cuvées, Rieslings, and classic Burgundies. The list of sake and whiskey options is composed of legendary and small-batch Japanese gems.

Conceptualized and designed by Perez Miranda, Ogawa – a Japanese word for “Little River”- offers a cozy, elegant atmosphere of wood and burgundy silk, gold leaf walls with one-of-a-kind Nihonga art pieces by Ryota Unno and a Kakejiku scroll by calligraphy artist Keiko Ogawa. The restaurant’s private Japanese garden designed by Ikebana artist Akiko Iwata complements the journey into Japanese culture, serving as a private outdoor lounge area for Ogawa diners to enjoy before and after their dinner.

ABOUT OGAWA

Conceptualized by restaurateur and art dealer Alvaro Perez Miranda, Ogawa is an authentic Japanese restaurant situated in Miami’s LIttle River neighborhood. Specialized in upscale omakase meals, Ogawa offers seating for up to 11 guests to guarantee intimacy and “kikubari” the Japanese art of caring for others. The Kappo cuisine restaurant, run by Perez Miranda, chef Masayuki Komatsu and sommelier Luis Martinez, features one-of-a-kind Nihonga art pieces by Ryota Unno and a Kakejiku scroll by calligraphy artist Keiko Ogawa as well as a  private Japanese garden designed by Ikebana artist Akiko Iwata. 

ABOUT ALVARO PEREZ MIRANDA 

The first Latino in the U.S. appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine restaurateur and art dealer Alvaro Perez Miranda is the owner of Japan Authentic Food Systems and Black Ship Art Gallery. Born in Venezuela, Perez Miranda lived in Tokyo for 15 years and has overseen more than 70 gastronomical projects throughout his career. He presently showcases his love for art and authentic Japanese cuisine at his Miami restaurants, the Edomae-style Hiyakawa in Wynwood, fast-casual concepts Wabi Sabi and Midorie and the Kappo cuisine eatery Ogawa in Little River. Perez Miranda is also the Food Ambassador of Ibaraki in the U.S., one of the top agricultural prefectures in Japan. 

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