A few hours before dinner at Hiden, you get an email that contains a secret code to get in the door, along with a list of rules that includes “not to wear perfume in consideration to others and the food.” Then, when you show up to either the 7pm or 10pm seating, you have to go to The Taco Stand, a casual restaurant in Wynwood where no one is dressed like they’re about to eat a very expensive omakase dinner. You walk to the back, enter your code, and watch as a secret door slides open silently.
Then, you’re in for two hours of some of the best Japanese food in Miami. And Hiden would be worth a visit for that alone - but what really makes this place so special isn’t just the meal, but the whole experience where you get to feel like you work for the CIA’s sushi division.
Let’s get this out of the way now - Hiden is expensive. It costs $200 to reserve one of the eight seats here, and any drinking you want to do is extra. And due to limited seating, you'll probably need to make a reservation weeks in advance. But if you’re looking to celebrate a big anniversary - or you just found a duffle bag of money washed up on South Beach - and are able to pay for it, you absolutely should.
Even inside, Hiden seems like some sort of gathering for the sushi equivalent of the Illuminati. The restaurant itself is a cozy, soundproof bunker that would be the ideal place to ride out a natural disaster. Servers bend over and whisper to you. The Japanese toilet in the bathroom is as sophisticated as a military jet.
But somehow Hiden still feels like a friend’s dinner party - if that friend happened to be a highly secretive billionaire with a love for excellent raw fish. The meal starts with a complimentary glass of champagne and the two chefs working behind the small counter are always excited to talk about the tuna, which was flown in from Japan just hours before dinner.
The food is given the same attention to detail as the email that asks you to keep your scent on stealth-mode. It’s going to be a very long time until we find a piece of fish as tender and delicious as the fatty toro that comes on the sashimi plate. Wasabi is grated fresh and pieces of mackerel are brushed with hot coals before being placed in front of you. There are fat lumps of uni and the meal ends with a few bites of a crazy delicious slice of A5 wagyu beef that you won’t even need to chew. It just evaporates in your mouth like a juicy cloud.
Not every one of the 18 or so courses is a religious experience. You may not finish all of your perfectly good sweet potato soup or you might wish you could swap the Alaskan salmon roe for another uni handroll. But there are enough special moments in the meal - and the espionage it took for you to get here in the first place - that you’ll definitely never forget this dinner. Or your 24 hours as a sushi secret agent.
Sake and wine options aside, everyone has the same meal at Hiden. They only offer one omakase option that generally clocks in at around 18 courses. From the amazing sashimi to the toro hand roll you’ll wish you could have three more of, it’s an incredibly special experience and there’s really nothing else like it in Miami. Every course may not have you seeing the god of sushi, but it’s a thoughtful menu that delivers an experience worthy of the hefty price tag. Chances are, you’ll be thinking about at least a few things you eat here for the next month or two - like that A5 wagyu, which is still causing us to daydream even as we type this.