Pied a Terre


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Here’s part 2 in the series of new top restaurants participating in Miami Spice 2017, and  not the usual picks to put on your list: For part 1, click here. Note that menus can change.

Pied à Terre
With its personal, European-style service, ambiance reminiscent of a restaurant in the French countryside, menus developed by chefs from 2- and 3-Michelin starred restaurants, and collection of reasonably priced  wines, Pied à Terre caters to guests who appreciate the finer things in life. During Spice season, go for dinner and get plates like swimmingly fresh Seabass Carpaccio, Black Truffle Celery Risotto with No Rice (unbelievably delicious), Stuffed Quail with Wild Mushroom, Cod Filet with Caviar and Champagne Sauce, Lamb Chops with Vegetable Confit, and sorbet. Plus, as a good friend said when we went to dinner there, it’s the #1 spot to be able to carry on a conversation!  La vie est belle! Pied à Terre is located at 1701 James Avenue. Miami Spice Dinner is available Tuesday through Sunday until 10:30 p.m. Hotel valet is available but best to take an Uber or Lyfft (or go to municipal parking on 17th).

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Everybody knows Nobu, but in Miami, we get one of only six Nobu Hotels currently open in the entire world. At the heart of that hotel, of course, is famed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s see-and-be-seen Japanese restaurant. During Miami Spice, go for lunch and take a seat in the iconic lobby lounge. Then, choose from a menu of Nobu Moriawase Three Point Samplers with yellowtail jalapeno and Nobu-style tiradito, Umami Wings (a winner), Kurobuta Pork Belly, Rock Shrimp Tempura, Matcha Green Tea Cake and more—at Nobu, whatever you order will blow your mind. Nobu is located at 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Miami Spice Lunch is available everyday of the week. Hotel valet is available.


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Lobster Bar Sea Grille

Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach

Note from Karen: I went to Lobster Bar Sea Grille and without a doubt it has one of the top Miami Spice offerings in town from the point of view of variety, quality, value and service. The giant Florida gulf shrimp cocktail was excellent as were the stuffed lobster and fresh grilled branzino. Delicious profiterolles and handsome setting too. Don’t miss it!

Arguably one of the best values in Miami Spice, Lobster Bar goes all out to woo diners in this, its first Miami Spice. It’s offering a number of its top dishes.  Known for flying in the freshest seafood from the best parts of the country, Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach will serve a taste of that seafood during its Miami Spice dinner options this year. Plates to look forward to include: the restaurant’s famous Pristine Whole European Fish, Whole “Lobster Stuffed Lobster”, Faroe Island Salmon with Colossal Lump Crab, a Surf & Turf with a Lightly Fried Nova Scotia Lobster Tail and Petite Filet Mignon, and Twin Beef Tenderloin Medallions. Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach is located at 404 Washington Avenue. Its Miami Spice dinner menu is available Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Streetside parking and public parking lots are available.

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Essensia Restaurant + Lounge
Vegetarians should benefit from Miami Spice, too! Located in The Palms Hotel & Spa, this Collins Avenue gem is about all things sustainable, local and organic. The menu is inspired by the Caribbean, and much of the produce in Signature Chef Julie Frans’ dishes comes from the hotel’s own onsite organic garden. On this year’s menu, expect brunch, lunch and dinner plates like Chilled Chayote Squash Chili Soup, Spiced Chopped Chicken Bowl, Ropa Vieja Style Short Rib “Toastada,” Avocado Toast, Lemon Poppy Seed Quinoa Pancakes, Islander “Bouillabaisse” with mixed seafood and island-style tomato coconut curry, and more. Essensia Restaurant + Lounge is located at 3025 Collins Avenue. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner is served Sunday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 6  to 11 p.m.; and weekend brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discounted hotel valet is available with validation at the restaurant.

Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz

Buzzy Brickell lunch spot, a favorite among the area’s professionals as well as a destination for others from all around town, Fi’lia has joined Miami Spice in this, its first year, in a big way with brunch, lunch and dinner offerings. They describe its cuisine as “honest Italian food with ingredients from hearth and handmade artisanal breads and pasta”. Dishes include nduja calzone with salsa verde and putanesca sauce, local snapper with cauliflower, shrimp piadina with tomato, cabbage slaw and pepper aioli, and red plum crostata. Spice is offered for brunch and lunch daily and for dinner every evening except Friday and Saturday. Fi’lia in the SLS Brickell, 1300 South Miami Avenue, T. 305-239-1320.

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