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The centerpiece is a sushi bar encircled by a revolving kaiten zushi "conveyor belt" of floating dishes. Sushi rolls, sashimi, dim sum, and small bites float by on little boats and diners grab whatever they fancy. The concept, based on a Japanese food model, is popular in California and New York and is now in South Florida. "We're offering a modern, sexy twist to the Japanese approach," Sun said.
If the team behind Ninja seems familiar, it's because they also own Yakitori Sake House (271 SE Mizner Blvd.), located in Royal Palm Place, just a stone's throw from Ninja. That restaurant is equipped with a traditional yakitori grill, sushi bar, and a sake bar. Sun said the two concepts are different enough that they won't cannibalize one another's business.
The restaurant was previously occupied by Blues FortyOne and Sun said the renovation required a complete gutting and overhaul of the space. The project took longer than expected, pushing back the original opening date from fall to winter of 2012, but the final product captures the desired modern aesthetic. A tatami room -- available for intimate gatherings and small parties -- has several ninjas painted on the walls. Sushi happy hour is offered nightly from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and after 10 p.m., select drinks are priced two-for-one. There is a full liquor and sake bar, specializing in Asian-infused drinks. The restaurant is one of few in the area to stay open late into the night -- they close at 1:30 a.m., offering an option for nearby bar and restaurant employees to grab a post-work drink and meal.
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