MIAMI: The new din­ing scene and chic bou­tique ho­tels

DINE and Destinations - - CONTENTS - By Katy Lynch

What's new and note­wor­thy—where to book a ta­ble now

if you haven’t been to Miami lately, it’s time to make a re­turn visit, as the restau­rant scene is chang­ing faster than you can say “cheers!” From celebrity owned restau­rants to culi­nary gems in­side ho­tels, here are some new spots to tickle your palate.

Gone are the days when the ho­tel restau­rants lacked qual­ity and panache, to­day they are home to some out­stand­ing new ad­di­tions to the Miami din­ing scene. Take for ex­am­ple, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Al­ready home to a fan­tas­tic line-up of restau­rants, this ocean­front re­sort ho­tel re­cently teamed up with Chef Michael Mina to open Strip­steak, a so­phis­ti­cated, mod­ern steak­house. The restau­rant fea­tures an in­no­va­tive menu of a la carte cuts of meat, lo­cally sourced seafood dishes and Mina’s fa­mous duck fat fries. 4441 Collins Ave.

Also on Collins Av­enue is Dolce Ital­ian, a con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian restau­rant lo­cated in­side the Gale Ho­tel in Miami Beach, which earned the ti­tle of “Best New Restau­rant” this year by BRAVO. Chef Paolo Dori­gato of­fers a fresh take on Ital­ian cui­sine, ex­quis­ite ser­vice and a fresh moz­zarella bar. 1690 Collins Ave.

In Mid-beach, you will dis­cover Jeans-ge­orges Von­gerichten’s Mata­dor Room. Guests will enjoy his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Caribbean, Span­ish, Latin and South Amer­i­can cuisines in both small and large plates and ocean­front views. 2901 Collins Ave.

La Mar by Gas­ton Acu­rio is an­other note­wor­thy ad­di­tion. Lo­cated at the Man­darin Oriental, Peru­vian chef Gas­ton Acu­rio takes ad­ven­tur­ous din­ers on a tour of the vivid flavours of Peru by offering a clas­sic Ce­biche bar, an An­tic­u­chos bar with rein­vented Peru­vian street food and other spe­cialty dishes. 500 Brick­ell Key Dr.

Lo­cal chefs are also making their rounds, in­clud­ing Miami’s sweet­heart, Michelle Bern­stein. This bal­le­rina-turned-chef has rein­vented her name­sake Michy’s restau­rant in Miami’s Mimo Dis­trict into Cena by Michelle Bern­stein. Cena, mean­ing “the most im­por­tant meal of the day,” of­fers a sim­ple menu of small plates fea­tur­ing sea­sonal veg­eta­bles, meat and seafood dishes, along with mod­ern com­fort dishes. 6927 Bis­cayne Blvd.

Brad Kil­gore, who in­stantly be­came a favourite to the lo­cals while work­ing at J & G Grill un­der Jean-ge­orges Von­gerichten, has now opened Al­ter in Wyn­wood. Offering a fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a ca­sual at­mos­phere, Al­ter of­fers a sea­sonal menu high­light­ing Florida in­gre­di­ents and a 5-course tast­ing menu. 223 NW 23rd St.

In ad­di­tion, Miami has some mouth-wa­ter­ing events on the radar in­clud­ing a pop-up by Grant Achatz’s three-star Miche­lin restau­rant Alinea in early 2016.


Cena Dolce

La Mar

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