A Sushi ‘Speakeasy’ is Opening in the Former Versace Mansion


New York City’s Sushi by Bou is setting up a 4-seat eatery in Gianni’s Suite at Villa Casa Casuarina

New York City’s Sushi by Bou is opening its first South Florida outpost in February inside none other than Gianni’s Suite at the notorious Versace Mansion, which now goes by the name Villa Casa Casuarina (1116 Ocean Drive).

Guests will “check-in” with the front desk attendant in the lobby who hands over a key card and escorts them to Sushi by Bou. The 500 square-foot suite has been transformed into a four-seat sushi bar with a modern neoclassic style that honors the mansion’s existing architecture and original design while giving it an updated look.

Once at the sushi counter, guests dine on a 60-minute omakase experience for $125 inclusive of tax and gratuity. Items rotate frequently but guests can expect dishes like lean tuna, ikura, uni, fatty tuna, and Hokkaido scallops topped with smoked charcoal salt In place of a typical hotel mini bar, the suite is equipped with a self-service sake vending machine where guests can select three sakes for $30.

Sushi by Bou first debuted in New York City in spring of 2017, but wasn’t without controversy. Its chef David Bouhadana drew attention months after opening when Eater reported that the white chef had been using a fake Asian accent during service. It also had to allegedly leave its original outpost inside Gansevoort Market after Bouhadana had a public battle with the Department of Health over having to wear gloves while making sushi — making fellow vendors upset with all the attention. However, reps for the restaurant told Eater that the relationship ended “amicably.”

Eater NY also reported that, “Multiple sources within the market also say that Bouhadana made “derogatory comments towards the culture of food he prides himself on” and toward employees at other vendors in Gansevoort, including comments that they considered racist.” Bouhadana called those allegations in a statement, “completely misinformed.”

The restaurant now has three outposts in New York City, with two more in the works. It’s Miami location is slated to open in early February. Reservations can be made here.