Authentic, less-is-more Japanese cuisine remains on the menu. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-6-16.
Il Posto Ristorante – 4525 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 954-744-4333. Refined pastas, fish and veal in a cozy neighborhood setting, with reasonable lunches, dinners worthy of special occasions and a tricky parking lot. Chef-owner Manuela Maffezzoli, from Milan, roams the dining room to check on patrons. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-11-16. Sardelli Italian Steakhouse — 331Van Buren St., Hollywood, 954-921-8331. A gastronomic temple set in a four-story mansion, the family-run Sardelli serves very good, polished Italian food, though the atmosphere can feel a bit clubby. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 9-16-16. Zona Blu, 189 Weston Road, Weston, 954-617-7999. Gorgeous antipasto platters, seafood, pasta and other treats from the Italian island of Sardinia await at this comfortable, family-friendly restaurant run by two sisters and headed by Sardinian-born chef Andrea Fadda. Try the pecorino soufflé appetizer and the baked cheese with honey (seadas) dessert. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 9-23-16.
Runas Peruvian Cuisine — 219 N. 21st Ave., Hollywood, 954-534-9146. This globally minded restaurant features reasonable prices, big portions and solid, honest food from a menu with nearly 50 offerings. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-22-16. Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres — 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-615-5859. A shimmering seafood dream, you just might eat an entire aquarium’s worth of fish and sea treats at this joyous Philippe Starck designed dining room in the SLS Brickell. The Spanish-born Andres has trained his crew well – nearly every plate is a delicious culinary adventure. Dinner. Expensive-very expensive. Reviewed 3-3-17. Beaker & Gray -- 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-6992637. Two childhood friends from Miami have opened a bar and global small plates eatery in Wynwood that manages to be trendy and warm at the same time. The food is ambitious and sometimes misses the mark, but you can’t go wrong with cocktails and bar bites. Lunch, dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 2-3-17. Byblos — 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-508-5041. This is Middle Eastern like you’ve never seen, with intricate small plates that are both traditional and experimental. Lamb ribs, duck kibbeh and yogurt baked fluke are among the highlights served in an eccentrically decorated dining room that’s 1970s chic. Dinner. Reviewed11-20-15. Corsair by Scott Conant — 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 786-279-6800. Conant, who built his reputation on Italian cuisine, serves some of the best pasta dishes in South Florida, along with very good locally sourced seafood. It’s deep inside the Turnberry Isle Miami with a view of the golf course. Expensive-very expensive. Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-23-15. Glass and Vine – 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, 305-2005268. A lovely spot for an outdoor meal overlooking Peacock Park in rejuvenated Coconut Grove. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli offers fresh seasonal dishes, including stracciatella cheese on Zak the Baker bread and sea scallops with cauliflower. Lunch-dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 3-31-17. Joe’s Stone Crab — 11Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-0365. The century-old Joe’s is South Florida’s oldest restaurant. It runs flawlessly and serves the best stone crab claws and Key lime pie in the region. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12/18/15. KYU — 251NW 25th St., Miami, 786-577-0150. A nearperfect restaurant in vibrant, artsy Wynwood, with pristine food and polished service without fuss or formality in a relaxed, oakscented setting. Chef Michael Lewis, a well-traveled disciple of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, calls the cuisine “wood-fired and Asian-inspired,” but you can simply call it delicious. Moderateexpensive. Reviewed10-14-16. Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann – 3201Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-655-5600. A stunningly gorgeous restaurant at the Faena Hotel from acclaimed Argentine grill master Mallmann. Indulge on flame-charred and smoke-kissed meats and sea creatures, and don’t miss the chocolate profiteroles for dessert. Very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-28-17. Mignonette Uptown – 13951 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305-705-2159. A seafood festival from chef Danny Serfer (Blue Collar, Mignonette) in a converted1950s-style diner. Simple yet elegant dishes abound, including oysters, caviar and crudos. Don’t miss the buffalo scallops or the crispy-skin fish. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-23-17.