I have to admit, I’m sort of tired of just seeing branzino and salmon as fish choices on restaurant menus. So it was a much welcome change to discover new Portuguese seafood restaurant Seasins, with not only new fish choices, but also, exciting preparations. The Portuguese know their seafood. But never fear carnivores, there are very appealing meat selections too. They’re in a neighborhood in SoFi where there’s serious competition, so they need to be at the top of their game. And so they are, tops among Portuguese restaurants in Miami. Plus, they offer very good value and a terrific lunch special so you can try it out.
The décor is contemporary and casually elegant, with table and bar seating. Staff are professional and friendly, and have a passion for their work. The menu is divided into appetizers, soups, cod, seafood specialties, salads, meats and dessert.
We started with one of my favorite dishes, clams with garlic, olive oil, coriander and finished with lime juice. The clams were tender, flavorful and had me wanting more. There’s also a similar presentation with flaming shrimps that should be a winner.
Mr. W had the steamed mussels in homemade tomato sauce with spicy peppers. The sauce was so fresh and ripe with flavor I could also see it over fish or even pasta. We accompanied these dishes with a what was a generous portion of sautéed vegetables, heavy on the mushrooms as I like it.
There’s an interesting selection of soups including potato soup with sausage and cabbage, and cod soup with roasted garlic, boiled potatoes, cabbage and poached egg, a meal in itself.
Cod dishes are also a welcome change of pace including pan roasted au gratin, made with mayonnaise, and served with French fries and vegetables. A fish of the day selection is offered, baked in salt.Next time I’d like to try the traditional Portuguese seafood casserole, with your choice of fish, clams, mussels, and potatoes served with fresh salad on the side.
I decided to try a meat dish and opted for skewered beef tenderloin and shrimp, both perfectly cooked and tasty, and served with a side of greens and delectable house made potato chips. Mr. W opted for the pan fried cod with shrimps and mashed potatoes which was delicious. Next time I’d like to try the Bacalhau au Bras, salted cod fish, cooked with crispy potatoes, caramelized onions and finished with beaten eggs, served with fresh salad on the side. And then there are the pork bites cooked in peppers with sweet chilis and white wine and topped with pickles!
There’s a wide selection of Portuguese desserts including Portuguese style crème brulee and vanilla and coconut cake topped with cinnamon and fresh berries, and don’t miss the white or pink port wine.
Wines, as with every thing here, are a good value.There’s a large choice of Portuguese wines and even beer. A glass starts at $10 (6 ounce pour) and bottles at $36. Speaking of good value, the three course Executive Lunch offered at $24.90 is a solid value. Appetizers, soups and salads are priced in the teens and entrees in the 20’s and 30’s.
Seasins, 808 1st Street, Miami Beach (T. 786 975 2338). Valet parking is $10 at lunch and $20 at dinner. (Karen’s note: I doublechecked the website this morning, and it seems there is a problem with it so I have substituted the Facebook page.)