By: Rebecca Charur
Locals are no strangers to the Vagabond name, or to the name Amir Ben-Zion for that matter. So what do you get when you combine an iconic, retro venue with the restauranteur that brought us Gigi and Bardot? A village.
Ben-Zion, mastermind behind several beloved Miami establishments, is bringing the ritz back to Vagabond’s dining scene with the opening of Vagabond Village. The space consists of several bars, lounges and one restaurant: Vagabond Sushi Bar.
Led by executive chef Mike Hiraga, formerly of Blue Ribbon and Bond St, the restaurant is serving up high-quality sushi, nigiri and sashimi shipped directly from Japan’s Tsukiji fish market at reasonable prices to boot. Other favorites included izakaya-style offerings like the oil blanch cauliflower and crispy pork belly bao bun, followed by the hamachi and spicy lobster rolls, and a selection of sashimi so fresh that it practically melts in your mouth.
The can’t-miss dessert menu is anchored by silky smooth nutella brownies and torreja topped with cinnamon and warm apples.
It took a village, but Vagabond Hotel is back and business is booming.