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Service is an efficient and personable one-woman show at NAOE, and her name is Wendy Maharlika. While chef Kevin Cory’s business card reads “Executive chef, general manager and dishwasher,” Wendy’s should read “Everything else.” Because this Brickell Key eatery only serves a maximum of eight diners at a time, service is extremely personalized, and Wendy acts as hostess, waitress, sommelier and all around helping hand. As soon as you step into the restaurant, she will greet you by name. Once seated at your table, you’ll receive a menu with your name and the date written at the top. Wendy is both exceptionally friendly and professional. She anticipates your needs, whether it’s pouring your sake before you realize the glass is half-empty or explaining in detail how the sushi is delivered fresh each day from the Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. When we dined at the restaurant, she even gave us restaurant recommendations for the rest of our stay in Miami and told us to email her anytime should we need any other suggestions. What’s more, each customer’s orders are tracked, so when you return to this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, you’ll encounter wholly new dishes along with the same great service.