Miami in 5 dishes

Whether one loves the overwhelming heat and the Miami glittering or not, Florida's most festive city leaves no one indifferent, especially with regards to its gastronomy. Although very touristy, we eat very well in "Magic City". A thousand miles from tourist attractions, there is a culinary avant-garde that is diversified and of high quality. Here is Miami, in five dishes.

 
 
 
 

Tropical Pitaya at Plnthouse

Plant-based cuisine reaches new heights at the recent Plnthouse, where renowned botanist chef Matthew Kenney offers a colourful menu inspired by wellness, beach and nature. The Tropical Pitaya is a signature dish of the place, which can be tasted in a "bowl" or "shake" format.

What: dragonfruit, bananas, mango, pineapple, coconut

Where : Plnthouse, 1 Hotel South Beach

 

 
 
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Cuban Mojo-Egg "Mollette" Sandwich at LT Steak & Seafood

Chef Laurent Tourondel recently inaugurated LT Steak & Seafood, a restaurant that promotes the region's meat and seafood, which, in Miami, is strongly influenced by Cuban culture. At LT Steak & Seafood, enjoy a "Cuban Mojo-Egg Mollette", a tasty lunch sandwich reinvented by chef Tourondel with the "Miami" twist.

What:  english muffin, black beans, ham, swiss cheese, plantain, fried egg, mojo sauce

Where: LT Steak & Seafood, The Betsy Hotel  

 
 
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Lobster croquettes in a glass shoe at Bazaar Mar

Because Miami is also the city of all excesses, no one will be surprised to be served its lobster croquettes in a glass shoe at Bazaar Mar, the recently opened exclusive tapas restaurant dedicated to seafood by star chef José Andres. A "meat" version of these famous croquettes are served at the Bazaar, the original restaurant located in the SLS South Beach Hotel.

What: lobster croquettes with a homemade sauce  

Where : Bazaar Mar, SLS Brickell

 
 
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Salted lime pie at The Dutch

The restaurant of "New American cuisine" The Dutch has made its mark on the popular Collins street in recent years. We go there for several reasons, but especially for the delicious homemade pies of pastry chef Josh Gripper, made in house every day. Lime pie, as we all know, is one of the signature desserts in Southern Florida. The Dutch version is served with homemade coconut ice cream and a passion fruit sauce.

What: Salty lime pie, passion fruit sauce, homemade whipped cream

Where  : The Dutch Miami,  W South Beach

 
 
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Floridian Stone Crab Claws at Joe's Stone Crab

In Miami, the "stone crab" season runs from May 15 to October 15. During this time, we go to Joe's Stone Crab to taste this crab species that is found exclusively in Florida. It is served cold, on ice, with a homemade mustard sauce as it's only garnish. This simple dish, however, has thrilled Miami crowds since the restaurant opened in 1913.

What: «Floridian stone crab» served on ice

Where : Joe's Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave. Miami Beach

 

*This article was created for COOK IT Magazine and was published in its original version, french in October 2017. 

Catherine Maisonneuve