A sweet taste of Canada has arrived at the new Esplanade at Aventura with the opening of Joey Aventura, the first Florida location of the Canadian brand famed for its globally inspired cuisine. Palate pleasers dot the diverse menu by Top Chef Canada winner Matthew Stowe, who consulted with a three-time James Beard House guest chef and an Iron Chef from Japan on select dishes. Highlights include fire-torched sushi, roasted corn guacamole, Cajun blackened chicken served over a warm potato and bacon salad, and the must-try ravioli bianco—perfectly stuffed pasta pillows in a truffle beurre blanc with shrimp, crispy onions, and Grana Padano, plus the option to add sliced grilled sirloin or lobster tail.
It’s not just the food that impresses here; the design and cocktails do, too. The stand-alone restaurant boasts a sleek, modern design over two stories, illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows and cascading greenery and anchored by an eye-catching circular bar at ground level. Excellent craft cocktails, an extensive wine list, and ample seating (including an 82-seat outdoor patio with fans and a retractable awning) also make Joey Aventura an idyllic spot for afternoon sips, happy hour, late-night libations, and more. During daylight hours, we recommend the thirst-quenching, vodka-spiked Watermelon Drink or the grapefruit-tinged Mezcal Drink.