North Miami Beach rarely appears on the foodie radar, but that’s recently changed thanks to Isaac Perlman, a noted private chef who has introduced fine-casual dining to the neighborhood with his brick-and-mortar debut, Perl by Chef IP. Combining Mediterranean, Asian, and local influences, the restaurant showcases an impressive, eclectic menu with a high design to match. All meals begin with grilled, fresh focaccia before moving on to flavor-rich apps like hamachi crudo, cured in Florida citrus, jalapeño-herb emulsion, and yuzu, and the PERL baby gem Caesar salad, delicately tossed in a wasabi-truffle dressing. Next, it’s a tug-of-war between crave-worthy entrees such as the Faroe Island salmon, coated in citrus ponzu and topped with blistered cherry tomatoes, and the red miso–marinated, kosher bone-in ribeye crowned by crispy leeks.
Commingling incredible taste and presentation, every dish is a testament to Perlman’s talent and attention to detail. Add to that an eye-catching, futuristic industrial design—a team effort by architect Ari Sklar and interior design team Urban Robot—and it’s easy to see how a single hotspot has incorporated an entire neighborhood into Miami’s booming restaurant scene.