Organizing a dinner party is always a mess. Finding the right place is difficult. As always, people in Miami want a cool place on the beach. I called different venues to find the perfect spot. But I always got the same answer, no reservation for large parties, if your party is bigger than 10 you need to get a prix-fixed menu. After calling several venues and with lots of letdowns I finally got a reservation at The Dutch located in the W hotel.
New York restaurateurs Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom partnered up with longtime locals Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo to bring The Dutch, their SoHo hot spot, down to SoBe.
So what is the Dutch? The name can be misleading. At a glance I thought Dutch food (of course, I’m the only TARD that would think that)? What type of food do they serve in the Netherlands? Don’t worry… its American food with a twist. You enter the venue into an extraordinary setting, one which has that NYC vibe…tables filled with oysters and cocktails
The Dutch has a great selection of oysters and caviar. Our recommendation is the Biscayne platter: it’s the perfect combination of oyster, littleneck clams, shrimp, yellowtail ceviche, crab salad and a tuna tartare.
We got to our table in a private room that was decorated with a selection of different wine bottles. It felt like we were inside a wine cellar.
The night began with a round of spicy watermelon cocktails. Skimming through the menu we decided on the lobster salad with citrus mango and cucumber as a starter. These fresh flavors were followed by the Formaggi ravioli, mushroom, bordelaise, winter truffle and the marinated skirt steak, kimchee fried rice topped with a duck egg which showcased perfect combination of flavors in every bite. The presentation of the plates was exquisite and the service was quick enough. We couldn’t resist ordering the fresh apple pie baked daily and the dark rum donuts for dessert.
What can I say? This amazing dinner left us with a delicious food coma… one which made us hesitate about our club-hopping plans.
If you are searching for a good place for drinks, great music and somewhere to have a great time on the Beach, The Dutch is your place!! Don’t forget it’s all about the oysters.