The French Legend Continues
Despite the passing of Joël Robuchon in August 2018, the legacy of the world’s most Michelin-starred chef still shines in Miami thanks to an outpost of his iconic restaurant, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Set in a striking Pierre-Yves Rochon–designed space within the Miami Design District, Robuchon’s protégés perfect the art and taste of modern French cuisine in a dynamic, open kitchen, framed by a 34-seat dining counter. Culinary director Alain Verzeroli and his seasoned team ensure that the talented chef’s most iconic dishes endure: Le homard du Maine (Monte Carlo–style warm lobster salad with avocado, buffalo mozzarella, and baby gem lettuce), la canette (spiced duck with poached pear), and the decadent, silky mashed potatoes remain a testament to Robuchon’s prolific accolades.
Likewise, the kitchen fashions its own Robuchon-inspired dishes over an expansive menu that includes the heavenly les spaghettis (housemade pasta in a delicate parmesan emulsion, crowned with layers of black truffle) and the mouthwatering la betterave (a creamy beet, apple, and avocado tartare, topped with green mustard sorbet). For the full Robuchon experience, opt for the eight-course Evolution (dégustation) menu or the five-plate seasonal tasting menu.
Chef Thomas Keller, the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-Michelin-starred restaurants, revives a chapter in South Florida history while penning a new one at The Surf Club Restaurant. Keller authors a spirited dining experience with live music welcoming guests at the bar, serving continental cuisine of yesteryear à la carte (think: lobster thermidor and roasted chicken in thyme jus), including splendid tableside preparations of classic caesar salad and Dover sole meunière for two. Add meticulously choreographed service in an Art Deco–imbued setting at the landmark 1930s Surf Club and discover a glorious piece of the past very much alive in the present.
Authentic Sicilian comfort food has arrived in the Wynwood Arts District with the opening of Pastificio Propaganda, a feel-good neighborhood gem under the direction of Michelin-starred executive chef Luigi Nastri (of Rome’s Stazione di Posta fame). The name nods to both the restaurant’s cuisine (fresh pasta, anyone?) and flagship artwork—artist Shepard Fairey’s famous Propaganda Eye Mural graces the eatery’s exterior.
Look forward to savoring timeless Sicilian recipes executed to perfection. Signature items like the arancini, rigatoni carbonara, linguine palermitana (dressed in a swordfish ragout), and organic, flour-based pizzas like the quattro formaggi excite the palate while a vibrant, convivial atmosphere enchants the soul.