Miami Spice isn’t around, but never fear. We’ve found leading restaurants in town that are offering a great deal for lunch Miami — in this, part 2, they range from $18 to $29 per person plus tax and tip. We’re talking fine dining in most of the cases. Here’s part 1 in a two part series.For Brickell lunch deals, part 1, click here.
LUNCH MIAMI BEACH
Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis
(Karen’s Note: This is tied for top lunch deal in Miami with Novikov) Serving up always top quality Mediterranean fare in the SoFi neighborhood (South of Fifth St.) on Miami Beach, there’s a $29 three-course lunch menu here. You’ll find traditional Greek appetizers including a Greek meze plate with warm pita, vegetables, tzatziki, chtipiti, taramasalata and a tomato salad. Five appetizers choices in all (a few are an additional $10) and six entrée choices of salmon, chicken, tuna or the freshest of fresh dorado with a few options for an additional price. Dessert is simple, Greek yogurt or a seasonal fruit platter.
Just off Lincoln Road with a hidden alley way entrance, this Japanese standout stuns once you enter. The décor is almost as stunning as their selection of specialty lunches. The vegetarian Bento Box at $26.50 includes 10 items such as quinoa gunkan, miso vegetable gunkan, sautéed chili garlic mushrooms and asparagus avocado maki, to name a few. Or choose from the Hot Poke selection that includes chicken, salmon or avocado varieties served with sautéed chii garlic vegetables over a bed of either steamed rice or warm quinoa salad. Each $14.50 or $17.
The many millions decor of this restaurant makes it hard to believe they offer a three course lunch menu for only $29. Not surprising, everything is top quality (Karen’s note: in fact, in my opinion it’s in second place for the best lunch deal in Miami). Their appetizer selection includes seafood in the salmon tartar or the shrimp arugula salad along with three other choices while the entrees feature a porcini mushroom risotto, homemade pasta and grilled salmon, among others. And then the desserts, oh the desserts.
LUNCH CORAL GABLES, DORAL, KENDALL
A favorite of many , this Downtown Coral Gables beauty boasts an impressive two-course menu for $18 and $23 for three courses (also in Doral). Traditional Spanish favorites like fried garbanzos with chorizo or serrano ham croquettes served with fig jam are two of the four first course choices. Six second course choices make choosing a challenge, especially with the Bulla burger, huevos “bulla” (eggs) or pan seared chicken with serrano ham, red pepper stew and steamed rice as the choices. And if you choose the three-courses, dessert is either coconut flan or churros with chocolate sauce and dulce de leche.
Like Bulla, Pisco y Nazca in Kendall and Doral also has two choices of prix fixe menus, a two-course $18 menu and a three-course $23 menu. The Peruvian fare here is blended with Asian influences, to reflect the country’s true culinary tradition fusion. Causa tartar or crocante, anticucho de pollo or chicken empanadas are great appetizer choices and you can’t dine Peruvian without having ceviche cremoso or a lomo saltado sandwich, two of five entrée choices. The $23 menu includes dessert where you can choose either dulce de leche custard or a Peruvian version of crème caramel.