Address: 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
By: Sarah Dunn
We recently enjoyed a wonderful Sunday at the Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne. We kicked off the experience at Dune Burgers on the Beach for their signature Sunday Lounge Party. The trendy oceanfront lounge, tucked at the edge of the resort, is an escape from the Miami ordinary with a private beach, classy clientele, and sultry European lounge music. After a few delightful glasses of rose and some tasty bites at Dune, we went next door to Cantina Beach for a beachside Mexican dinner.
The Dune menu features light bites perfect for a beach party. We recommend the Garden Burger Sliders with patties made of chickpea falafel and alfalfa sprouts, served with tomato, smashed avocado, red onion, sweet and sour cucumber, and a yogurt sauce. Another crowd pleaser was the Cured Tuna Tiradito – a refreshing tuna complemented by a tangy passion fruit gel, aji Amarillo aioli, watermelon radish, and tobiko. However, our favorite was the Blue Crab, a sweet luscious crab paired expertly with mango gazpacho, smashed avocado, mixed greens, and lemon olive oil.
While we loved all the food at Dune, we had to save some room for Cantina Beach! We started with the Crispy Shrimp: bite-sized delights of succulent shrimp fried to a delicious crunch. We could not get enough of the spicy mango sauce, accented with green onions and chile de arbol.
If you haven’t filled up on guacamole, apps, and tacos, don’t miss the Guajillo Glazed Chicken Breast. This is not your traditional chicken dish – this is a full experience on a plate! Tender juicy chicken is covered in a sumptuous corn and yellow peppers salsa served on a base of aji Amarillo creamed corn. A bite of Pasilla spiced asparagus gives this dish a wonderful balance of texture.
Takeaway: If you’re looking for somewhere new to rosé all day, you should check out the Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne. We can’t imagine a better way to spend an afternoon than imbibing at Dune and then savoring the full coastal Mexican experience at Cantina Beach.