Miami Spice Preview: 2016
Throughout the months of August and September, there are plenty of mouthwatering reasons to leave the cooking to someone else; say, a world-renowned chef or three. Miami Spice returns to the city this fall, offering food lovers an opportunity to enjoy three-course meals at Miami’s top restaurants at incredible prices. For residents of the Brickell Flatiron Miami, there’s never been a better reason to indulge, with prix-fixe menus featured at a number of the area’s most enticing eateries.
Fooq’s | 1035 North Miami Avenue
For an ethnic dining experience presented with modern flair, try Fooq’s, the French-Persian-Italian-influenced brainchild of young restaurateur David Foulquier. Having studied under master chefs like Daniel Boulud and Jean Georges Vongerichten during his time in New York City, Foulquier brings his wide array of talents to dishes like Fooq’s meatballs, made from ground brisket and Berkshire pork, swimming in San Marzano tomato sauce. Continue on with the koresh of the day—a traditional Persian stew that features rotating seasonal ingredients. End on a sweet note with a Persian sundae, a dessert extravaganza showcasing unique gelato flavors like saffron and rosewater, topped with pistachios, pomegranate molasses, medjool dates, and chocolate pearls.
DB Bistro Moderne | 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Speaking of Daniel Boulud, the culinary visionary also has his own downtown outpost, serving modern French-American cuisine in a stylish setting. Located inside the JW Marriott Marquis, this contemporary favorite features menu items that vary seasonally but always pack a punch. Start with one of the signature flatbreads with toppings like chorizo, romesco, and goat cheese, or a saucisson sec platter, before dining on popular mains like the beloved frenchie burger, adorned with pork belly, gruyere, and caramelized onions, or a revved-up coq au vin stewed with bacon and onions and served with garganelli. The key lime tart, which comes accompanied by fresh mango sorbet, is a bright way to end a rich meal.
Toscana Divino | 900 South Miami Avenue
Located in Mary Brickell Village, Toscana Divino is Miami’s favorite Italian eatery, thanks to its homemade pastas and seasonally rotating risotto dishes. For a lighter bite, try the branzino ai ferri, a Mediterranean sea bass grilled to perfection and flavored simply with capers, parsley, and carrots. Or sink your teeth into the brasato di cinghiale, a hearty helping of braised wild boar, perched atop creamy polenta and mixed with chestnuts. You can’t go wrong with a traditional tiramisu for dessert, but another star deserving of the menu is the panna cotta alla cannella, a cinnamon-infused version of the dessert served with amaretti cookies and amarena cherries.
EDGE Steak & Bar | 1435 Brickell Avenue
Premium steaks and other farm-to-table entrees are best enjoyed on EDGE’s rooftop terrace while overlooking downtown Miami. Get a taste of the sea with starters like the beer-battered scallops served with endives, apple, raisins, and a tangy malt vinegar aioli for dipping. The churrasco steak offers a Latin flair with a contemporary twist, but don’t forget to save room for the sesame pavlova, a sweet treat garnished with tropical fruit salsa, lemon curd, and cream cheese sorbet.
Downtown Bistro | 114 E. SE 1st St., Miami, FL 33131
The fact that you can claim a free bottle of wine during your first meal merits a visit, but add dishes like the tuna tartare with avocado to the mix, and you’ll quickly realize you’ve found some of the best modern French cuisine in Miami. Of course, the ravioli doused in a four cheese sauce with poached shrimp and asparagus is worth returning for, not to mention a local favorite for a reason.
Living in Brickell makes dining at these excellent restaurants easy during Miami Spice. For information about availability and more details about luxury homes in Miami, visit Brickell Flatiron’s residences page.
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