At last count there were 14 food halls in South Florida, from Miami up to Palm Beach. Truth to tell, I haven’t been to all of them, but have been to the leading ones in Miami . That being said, judging by its pedigree (the sister of the wildly successful one in Lisbon) as well as the number of eateries and bars, variety of selections, and inviting ambiance, one of the best (if not the best) has to be Time Out Market Miami. It’s well worth going to check it out for breakfast or all day dining until 11 or Midnight .
The space is large, with 18 eateries surrounding the sitting area and punctuated by a large bar, one of three. Each eatery features a short menu, with its signature and popular dishes. Most dishes are cooked on the spot in mini open kitchens, so everything is fresh and appealing.
Besides familiar names like Coyo Taco, Bachour, Norman Van Aken, Azucar Ice Cream, and KUSH, there are others that make their debut such as Pho Mo, a spinoff of Phuc Yea which I wrote about recently, Lena from Ariete, The Local Cuban by Alberto Cabrera, Stephen’s Deli and Wabi Sabi by Shuji. You pretty much name it, and the cuisine is here.
I decided to try Krun Chi by star chef Jeremy Ford. His restaurant, Stubborn Seed, is pricey, so what a good chance to try his food at a lesser price point. My pick was a Korean signature dish and crowd favorite, shaved ribeye with crispy rice, kimchi, mung bean sprouts, fried egg and spicy chili oil. It was a standout – uber tasty, complex, and exciting ($21). Next time I’d like to try the other favorite,spicy fried chicken sandwich with cucumber kimchi and lemon aioli ($14).
Then it was on to the demo kitchen where French Laundry alum chef Miguel Massens is here for a three month rotation. We picked his star dish, pan seared chochoyotes. Though I’ve been to Mexico dozens of times, I’ve never seen or heard of this dish, but will be sure to order it next time I see it. It’s tender round corn dumplings that look like tortellini in mole amarillo with mushrooms, spinach, cotija cheese ($20).
We accompanied this with the charred beets with seasonal fruits, whipped feta cheese, bitter greens and pistachios from Lena. The dish was appetizingly presented and delicious.
You can expect custom creations by local mixologists from hip spots Broken Shaker, Sweet Liberty and the Generator. A tip ….. the eateries sell bottled water, but it’s pricey. There’s a jug with citrus water that’s free at the main bar.
Time Out Market Miami, 1601 Drexel Avenue, Miami Beach (T.786-753-5388). There’s a parking garage in the same building whose elevator opens onto the door of the food hall.