MMTM’S MIAMI SPICE PICKS 2021
Starting August 1st through September 30th, Miami Spice returns for a 20th year to showcase the finest of Greater Miami’s diverse cuisines. For those new to Miami or any long-time locals who forgot (understandably so given all that’s happened since the last edition), Miami Spice menus feature fixed price three-course meals at top eateries for just $28 for lunch and/or brunch and $42 for dinner. It’s a great way to explore new restaurants that may be out of your price range or comfort zone, or just to simply reintroduce yourself to an old favorite.
It’s also important to note that the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is helping those impacted by the recent tragedy in Surfside by donating all proceeds from Miami Spice restaurant OpenTable reservations booked on the Miami Spice website in 2021 to relief efforts.
So, with all that said, and to help you plan out your visits, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks from this year’s offerings below. Enjoy!
TUR Kitchen (Coral Gables): The Coral Gables eatery is offering a Miami Spice lunch highlighting their seasonal menu items inspired by the food, drink, and culture of the Mediterranean basin. Appetizers are a delightful start with the choice of Beets and Asparagus Salad, Piquillo Spread, or Roasted Squid. Main menu selections include Gnocchi, Cauliflower Steak, or Tuna. Lastly, for dessert, indulge in either the Chocolate Souffle or the Chef’s Selection of Ice Cream and Sorbet.
Chotto Matte (South Beach): This year, Chotto Matte is unveiling a diverse Nikkei menu offering bites and dishes for all dietary types. Whether you follow a vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, or all-food-welcome diet, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to sample Chotto Matte’s offerings this summer. Available from Sunday to Thursday, the menu features bold eye-catching colours and mouth-watering taste sensations. Highlights include: Lychee Ceviche, Salmon Tataki, BBQ Chicken Karaage, Vegetable Tempura, Ebi Tempura Roll, Asado de Tira, Chocolate Brownie, and Strawberry Garden.
RED South Beach (South of Fifth): One of the most indulgent and varied Miami Spice menus returns this year. In true RED style, Chef Peter Vauthy will feature weekly themed menus that blend a hybrid of classic cuisine and the freshest seasonal ingredients. Everything from the sauces to garnishes are prepared from scratch – sure to convert even the staunchest of vegetarians into ravenous carnivores. A new menu will be featured every Monday, with highlights including: Classic Caesar and Baby Spinach Salads, Bigeye Tuna Crudo, Steak Tartar, Shrimp Cocktail, Filet Mignon, Berkshire Pork Chop, Crab Stuffed Flounder, Shrimp Alfredo, Wild Mushroom Pasta, Chocolate Mousse, and White Chocolate Walnut Blondie.
Byblos (South Beach): The mezze-style Miami Spice menu at Byblos includes the choice of two appetizers, one main course, one side dish, and one dessert for $42. Guests can expect favorite menu items like the Black Truffle Pide, Middle Eastern Fried Chicken, and Duck Kibbeh, as well as Roasted Red Beets, Lamb Ribs, Creamed Spinach Pide, Turkish Kale Salad, Hummus, Turkish Manti Dumplings, Middle Eastern Fried Chicken, Grape Leaf Wrapped Cobia, Baharat Crusted Skirt Steak, Rock Shrimp Rice, Persian Kale Rice, Strawberry Cheesecake Qatayef, and Stuffed Baklava.
Mayami Mexicantina & Bar (Wynwood): Mayami Mexicantina, located in lively Wynwood, will be offering guests two Miami Spice menus this summer, one for August and one for September. Each night guests will enjoy live performances, music, and dancing for a sophisticated dinner party experience alongside menu highlights that include unique Tulum-inspired Mexican dishes like Vuelve a la Vida, Queso Fundido, Chicken en Escabeche, Seabass a la Veracruzana, Filete Negro, and Xocolate.
PLANTA Queen (Coconut Grove): The 100% plant-based restaurant located in Coconut Grove’s brand new Cocowalk is offering plant-based takes on traditional Asian cuisine this Miami Spice season. Enjoy Bao Sliders made with chick’n fried mushrooms and Sweet Corn Dumplings with tom yum and cilantro chimichurri or dive into Singapore Noodles, made with curry and kale, and Kimchi Fried Rice with mushrooms and scallions.
Sweet Liberty (South Beach): Participating for the first time in years, Sweet Liberty’s Miami Spice menu includes a welcome Raspberry Daiquiri cocktail and new items including Aguachile Oysters, Soft Shell Crab, and Grilled Branzino à la Meunière. Classic menu item options are also available and include Blistered Shishito Peppers, Bibb Lettuce Salad, Organic Roasted Half Chicken, Galbi Pinchos, Garlic Shrimp, Grilled Veggie Platter, Basque Cheesecake, Traditional Cuban Flan, and Irish Coffee.
Drunken Dragon (South Beach): Drunken Dragon, South Beach’s first Korean barbecue restaurant, has revamped this year’s Miami Spice menu, showcasing savory signature dishes seasonal specials that you don’t want to miss. The two-month long promotion includes a starter, entrée, and dessert for just $42.00. Start your meal with the Crispy Bok Choy, Edamame, or famous Lobster Roll; choose from a variety of entrees, ranging from Miso Salmon to Galbi; and, lastly, top off your meal with the Mango Sticky Rice or Green Tea Tres Leches desserts.
Amara at Paraiso (Edgewater): Inspired by its idyllic bayfront setting, Amara at Paraiso brings together bold Latin American flavors, coastal ingredients, and South Florida’s diversity of food culture to create the quintessential Miami waterfront restaurant from environment to cuisine and vibe. Join then during Miami Spice for lunch deals on appetizers, mains, and desserts with menu standouts including Peach Gazpacho, Watermelon Salad, Island Creek Oysters, Choripan, Grilled Local Fish, and Chocolate Flan.
Buya (Wynwood): The Miami Spice dinner menu at Buya is based off its unique omakase menu, which features the most popular Buya bites. Comprised of some of the chef’s favorite items, the menu is constantly changing to include seasonal ingredients and feature trending dishes. The most recent omakase selection includes, but is not limited to, Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi, Yellowtail Snapper, Blistered Shishitos, Tempura Beech Musroom, and Duck Gyoza Hot Pot. The omakase menu is priced at $45 per person and has the option to add on a sake pairing for an additional $30.
Cafe La Trova (Little Havana): A few blocks away from the infamous Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, resides the authentic Cuban restaurant where guests are surrounded by Cuban culture, live music, and delicious dishes served by James Beard Award Winning Chef Michelle Bernstein. The 2021 Miami Spice menu features appetizers such as, Cuban Sandwich Empanadas or Mushroom Risotto Croquetas; for the main course select from Lechon con Chicharrones, Banana Leaf Steamed Local Catch, or Skirt Steak Ropa Vieja; and top it all off with Flan de la Flaca for dessert.
Casa Isola (Sunset Harbour): At Casa Isola, Chef Jose Mendin and Executive Chef Santo Agnello are featuring some their most notable items from the cozy Italian concept. Appetizers options include Isola Arancini, Polenta Ai Funghi, or Polpo A La Griglia; for entrees, guests can choose from Rigatoni Alla Vodka, Casarecce Pasta, Ravioli Bianconeri, Branzino Acqua Pazza, or Veal Chop Parmigiana; and, for dessert, be delighted as the chefs present their daily inspiration.
Tanuki (South Beach): For Miami Spice, Tanuki is offering up an eccentric Asian culinary journey with Asian-fusion inspired dishes from countries such as Japan and China. This year, enjoy from either a Tanuki Classics Bento Box or a Vegan Bento Box. From the classics, diners can choose from dishes such as the Tuna Crispy Rice, Chef’s Choice Sushi, or the Baked Seafood Roll from the Sushi Bar, and, from the kitchen, dishes highlighted are the Cashew Chicken, Short Rib Curry, or Grilled Salmon. Vegan Box selections include Crispy Rice Avocado, Veggie Nigiri, and California Garden Maki, as well as Vegan Curry and Grilled Tofu plates. Sides for both offer the choice between the Crispy Brussel Sprouts or Fried Rice and guests can expect to finish dinner off with Mochi Ice Cream.
Pubbelly Sushi (Downtown Dadeland): This Miami Spice, Pubbelly Sushi is offering guests some of its most innovative Japanese and Latin fusion dishes created by Chef Jose Mendin. The 2021 lunch menu highlights Robata-style dishes, including the Filet Mignon Skewer, Truffle Corn, Rockshrimp Tempura, Nigiri, Yellowtail Roll, Crispy Avocado Roll, and seasonal Mochi flavors.
OLA Miami (South Beach): Short for “Of Latin America,” OLA Miami has helped define the South Florida culinary scene while raising the bar for modern Latin cuisine at The Gates Hotel South Beach. The waterfront dining destination is offering a special lunch menu for guests to enjoy every day of the week during the Miami Spice season, featuring a combination of Pan-Latin, Spanish, and Caribbean flavors. Appetizer choices include Corvina Ceviche, Short Rib Empanadas, a Wedge Salad, Corn Empanadas, and an Heirloom Tomato Salad. Appetizing entrees on offer include a choice of OLA’s signature Roast Cuban Pork, Skirt Steak, Mahi Mahi, or Quinoa Salad. And don’t forget to save room for something sweet and treat yourself to one of OLA’s amazing desserts, such as the Bread Pudding or the Deconstructed Key Lime Pie.