Dining in South Beach, Miami reminds me of the restaurant scene in Los Angeles – ever evolving with constant grand openings, and even more closings. What’s hot today is definitely not hot tomorrow. However, with a superfluous amount of cooking shows and celebrity chefs on the scene, dining folks have come to expect consistent and quality cuisine, that’s fresh, alongside a vibrant environment. On a recent trip to Miami, my co-writer, Frank D. Pond and I, dined at three restaurants you won’t want to miss on your next visit to South Beach. Two of the picks, Milos and Catch have outposts in other cities like New York. Get the list below!
- Juvia Miami Beach 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami. www.JuviaMiami.com: Located on the rooftop of the
famed 1111 building at the north end of Lincoln Road is our top pick for dining, Juvia. The views alone of Miami Beach are stellar and expansive combining both indoor and outdoor seating. Venezuelan architect, Alejandro Barrios-Carrero has created a vibrant and sexy space for enjoying the fusion of French, Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. Restauranteurs, Jonas and Alexandra Milan are also responsible for another
favorite restaurant of ours in St. Barths, Bonito. All plates are to share and are not your usual fare, which are created by Executive Chefs, Sunny Oh (Nobu) and Laurent Cantineaux (Boulud). Dishes not to miss include the Seared Tuna (Sashimi Grade) with caramelized onion, white soy, avocado, heirloom tomato salad and jasmine rice. Also try the Hawaiian Hearts of Palm salad that includes green mango, green papaya and cucumber. Be sure to start off of the Ceviche Mix of octopus, fluke, red onion and crispy sweet potato.
- Milos Miami: 730 1st Street, Miami. milos.ca/restaurants/miami : There’s a good chance you may have
tried one of the five locations of Milos either in the original Montreal or the New York, Las Vegas, Athens Greece and now Miami locations. Both Frank and I are big fans and noticed consistencies in the New York, Montreal and Miami locations, which combine an exhilarating open kitchen, alongside a sophisticated, yet unstuffy dining room. All locations feature truly fresh seafood. In fact guests are encouraged to peruse and choose their fish choice for dining, which are beautifully lined over ice in front of the kitchen. Fish is literally caught that day, or flown in fresh from around the globe. On our recent visit we had the Lavraki, which is essentially a Sea Bass from Greece. Simply prepared with olive oil, lemon and a little sea salt, the fish was divine. We opted for perfectly steamed vegetables, and started our dinner off with fresh oysters and champagne. The impressive wine list is very well thought out, but talk to the sommelier and try one of the delicious Greek wines and you won’t be disappointed. Milos is definitely on the higher priced side of dining, but it’s worth a visit even if you save it for a special occasion.
- Catch Miami: 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. emmgrp.com/restaurants/catch-miami : We’ve been fans of the original
Catch New York since it’s opening by Season 3 Top Chef winner, Hung Huynh. Read original review here. The New York location features a bustling and rustic dining scene on two levels, and also has an open kitchen where you can often find Chef Huynh expediting his cuisine. With it’s new location at The James Royal Palm, Catch Miami is brining a similar vibe to South Beach. CATCH allows Chef
Huynh to show off his culinary sophistication and inventiveness on a menu that is meant to share, drawing inspiration from his Vietnamese background, which has many of it’s roots in Asian and French styling, plus nods to a multitude of global cuisine. The menu is divided into Raw Bar, HOT and Entrees. Most of our favorite items and must picks from the NY location are present on the Miami menu, including the Crunchy Rice Cakes, Red Mussels, as opposed to the White, and the Macaroni and Lobster Cream – all excellent! Catch Miami incorporates a few Latin twists like the Tuna Tacos, Ceviche and Mahi Mahi Wonton Taco. We skipped the Taco, but the first mentions were nice additions. The scene at Catch Miami may be a couple notches down from it’s original in New York, but that may be a good thing.