Estiatorio Milos Miami always does it right. And so, when I heard they opened an outdoor dining terrace together with the fact I’ve been craving their food, I went for dinner. A week later friends and I went back to try the lunch special which is always one of the best in town for quality and value.
Their new terrace is lovely, set with green plants and vines in an open-air tent, “evoking an Athenian garden vibe”. Tables with starched white tablecloths are spaced six feet apart, and there are cooling fans.
The food lends itself to outdoor dining in summer, swimmingly fresh seafood simply prepared, their famed lamb chops, and oh so fresh vegetables. Though I’ve been there numerous times over the years, it’s usually for lunch when they don’t have their signature Milos Special on the menu (though you can request it). It will be one of my best dishes of the year.
Thinly sliced, perfectly fried zucchini are stacked to form a tower that rests on tzatziki . It’s then garnished with kefalograviera cheese puffs ($19 small; $29 large). Superb. I followed it with Greek ceviche with loup de mer (sea bass), a melange with white beans, feta and microgreens ($32). It’s light, fresh and tasty.
At lunch time with friends we had the three course lunch special. Starters were the delicious greek salad filled with their juicy red tomatoes (always wonder how they manage to get such tasty ones) and wedges of feta cheese along with salmon tartar.
Next up, a whole branzino that was deboned, fileted, and served with Santorini capers, lemon and olive oil. Always a winner here.
Each of us had a different dessert — yogurt, honey ice cream and chocolate mousse cake. My friend who ordered the cake isn’t a big dessert person. She ate the whole thing. All this, with the elegant ambiance and attractive people watching make for a great deal for $29 plus tax and tip.
Special for the summer, and not to be missed, is the new Santorini Spritz, a bubbly blend of tequila blanco, Aperol, Rockey’s punch and Amalia Brut ($18). It’s fresh, tasty and different. All cocktails are $18 and a glass of wine starts at $11 (lots of Greek selections).
Milos Miami, 730 1st Street, Miami Beach. They are open Wed-Sun for lunch and dinner. Reserve an outdoor table or order takeout at 305-604-6800.