Summer in Miami means the return of Miami Spice, one of the city’s most beloved culinary traditions. Now through September 30, the Magic City’s beloved restaurants are making their marks on the food scene with inspired, prix fixe menus, boasting notable classics and innovative new dishes to celebrate the occasion. Read on for some of the restaurants offering exclusive Miami Spice experiences:
The Confidante Miami Beach’s dining room serves up dishes that celebrate the energy and cultures of the city, and this year’s Miami Spice menu is no exception. Highlights include CAB beef tartare, with horseradish cream and American caviar; grilled octopus with anticucho, chorizo and bean ragout, and new potatoes; and a vanilla panna cotta with lychee compote. The menu is $42 per person.
The Lenox Avenue Nikkei (Japanese and Peruvian fusion) restaurant is putting its spin on Miami Spice by offering two full tasting menus: a Nikkei Vegetarian Menu ($45 per person) and a classic Nikkei Menu ($60 per person). Highlights on the vegetarian menu include lychee ceviche; El Jardin maki with sake soy bok choy, shiso, cauliflower pea purée; king oyster mushroom tostadas; and a chocolate brownie for dessert. The classic Nikkei menu features standouts like the Chotto ceviche, crafted with branzino sashimi, leche de tigre, and chive oil.
Fratelli La Bufala
For the first time in 17 years, Miami’s notable Neapolitan pizzeria will participate in Miami Spice with a selection of house favorites ($28 per person for lunch; $45-$60 per person for dinner). Bruschetta, fried calamari, and burrata with truffle oil appetizers beckon to diners; tagliatelle alla bolognese, seafood linguine, and pappardelle al funghi call out to pasta devotees; and pastiera napoletana and profiteroles offer a sweet end to the landmark Miami Spice experience.
Surfside’s new modern Israeli restaurant will offer a three-course dinner menu ($45 per person) from Sunday to Wednesday in honor of its first Miami Spice. Appetizers include crispy brussels sprouts with tumeric tahini, toasted pine nuts, and chili; Carmel Bazaar tabouleh with baby gem, bulgur, freekeh, and citrus; and sigara borek. Mains include beef and lamb kofta with smoked matbucha; chicken shish kebab; and Moroccan snapper with bottarga and fennel. To finish on a sweet note, the restaurant will serve a choice of dry fig parfait or chocolate mousse.
Eden Roc Miami Beach’s signature restaurant will serve exclusive dishes in celebration of Miami Spice, including seafood risotto and green tea ice cream. Local and visitors alike can indulge in three-course dining experiences for lunch ($28 per person) and dinner ($60 per person) Monday to Thursday. In addition to these Miami Spice specials, the oceanfront restaurant will host brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Ocean Social Late-Night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Helmed by Executive Chef Pawan Pinsetti, the Hotel Greystone restaurant honors the best of Japanese and French cuisines. Pairing fresh ingredients with classic techniques, the recently opened outpost will celebrate its first Miami Spice with a “top tier” three-course tasting menu for $60 per person. Start by savoring the Gualamoki, crafted with tomato petals, bacon lardon, and edible confetti; then dine on lobster uni-alfredo, featuring butter-poached lobster, bucatini al dente, crisp parmesan crust, and domestic caviar; and finish the evening with an “Adults Only” popsicle, made with seasonal fruit and infused with liquor.
Steamed sea bass with cilantro and chili oil. Photo courtesy of Sexy Fish Miami
The South Miami outpost of the London-based hotspot will dish up a 22-item Miami Spice lunch menu ($28 per person) for diners to enjoy Monday to Friday, from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Anchored by favorites like prawn gyoza with soy and ginger dressing, steamed sea bass with cilantro and chili, and kimchi fried rice with pork, there’s a little something for everyone.
Come for the wellness focus, stay for the Miami Spice menu. Carillon Miami’s dining spot will offer traditional, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes for lunch ($28 per person) and dinner ($45 per person), including: a roasted quinoa bowl, with tricolor cauliflower, baby heirloom tomatoes, red onion, alfalfa sprouts, and an Italian lemon dressing; crispy seared tofu, accompanied by lemon broccoli, grilled asparagus, jasmine rice, herbs, and lemon oil; pistachio-crusted beef tagliata with creamy Idaho potatoes, roasted garlic mushrooms, red wine sauce; and affogato al caffe, with vanilla ice cream, Illy espresso, whipped cream, and cinnamon.
Stop by The Goodtime Hotel from Sunday to Friday to indulge in Strawberry Moon’s Mediterranean-inspired menu ($45 per person). For the first course, guests can select among spicy feta with Calabrian chili and pepperoncini; falafel with spring vegetables, pickled onion, and tahini; and yellowtail with tomato vinaigrette, olive, and serrano chili. For mains, sample roasted chicken with orzo, spinach, and cherry tomato; prawns with harissa, sweet pepper, and burnt butter; and Moroccan Merguez kebab with harissa, and muhammara. For dessert, the chocolate babka with coconut vanilla pastry cream and dulce de leche is a must-try. Sommelier wine-pairings for each course are available for an additional $32.
Three courses of French-Mediterranean decadence await at Villa Azur. Miami Spice menu must-haves include the summer burrata and branzino ceviche starters; lobster ravioli and pan-roasted pork chop mains; and Bordeaux-poached pears or Nutella mousse as sweet finishers.