What we ate this week in Miami

Our favorite things we've tried in March 2021

Mar
31
2021
PHOTO CREDIT CARBONE MIAMI

Updated March 31, 2021

Reporting back on what we’ve recently been eating in Miami.

If you keep up with our weekly round-up of Breaking at Breakfast, then you know that we haven’t necessarily been to all of those spots. However, they’re on our radar and that’s where we’d be eating and drinking if we were you. We told you we’d let you know more if we end up loving them. So here we are!

What We Ate This Week will cover everything that’s new, newish or that we’ve recently tried.

Carbone


Address: 49 Collins Ave
Neighborhood: Miami Beach

It feels good to have finally popped our Carbone cherry. We want to preface this blurb by saying that we did not pull any strings to get this reservation. One of our writers was constantly going on Resy and when they finally opened on Monday, she jumped on that 5:45 reservation. Yes, we dined like viejos and loved every minute of it. We saw the sunset and even managed to get some natural light for our photos.

You come here cause you deserve it. It’s lavish, it’s pricey and everything is extra. You can wear jeans but make it stylish with some cute heels. Put on your face and you’re good to go. 

The restaurant is decked out in velvet chairs, leather booths, gaudy chandeliers and white table cloths. As you peruse the obnoxiously large menu, your waiter will arrive with complimentary snacks that included rolled-up pepperoni, pickled cauliflower, a basked of sesame and what they call “Grandma” bread. 

As far as appetizers go, get the Carpaccio Piemontese with mushrooms, arugula, walnuts, a pepper sauce and drizzled olive oil. 

Yes, you’re getting the hyped Spicy Rigatoni. It totally met our expectations. Pro tip if you want to take a Spicy Rigatoni home, order another one to the table and then tell them you’re full and they’ll pack it to go. 

The desserts are presented on a silver tray for you to choose what you want. The whole tiramisu and the whole cheesecake are actually fake. When you order them, it’s the real deal but we thought that was amusing. We went with the Carrot Cake which wasn’t traditional but we enjoyed it. 

Our only regret was not getting the Caesar alla ZZ. Our neighbors on both ends loved it and it was fun watching them prepare it tableside. Oh and apparently if you ask them to make you a Chicken Parm, they will. It’s just not the menu. 

I guess we’ll never know or if we end up getting another reservation we’ll be ordering it.

Don’t stress about getting a resy. Your time will come. 

Osteria Morini


Address: 1750 Alton Road
Neighborhood: Miami Beach

Italian food is definitely on our minds. We’ve been having lots of it lately. From New York to Miami comes an Italian restaurant from the Alta Marea Group. Osteria Morini is located inside of the Kimpton Palomar South Beach with a separate waterside entrance along Collins Canal on Alton Road. 

You’ll want to come here for the outdoor dining experience. It’s romantic yet laid back. 

We went for brunch and started off the meal with a Brusco Spritz with Aperol and Lambrusco de Sorbara. It was light, refreshing and the right move to kick off our meal.  

Before you go for the appetizers get The Batillardo, a cured meats and cheese board. It includes Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella, Parmigiano with aged balsamico, a garlic jam served with grilled bread and tigelle (thin circular bread from Emilia-Romagna area in Italy). 

From the Antipasti section, our favorite was the Carciofi. It was a simple dish of grilled artichokes, herbed yogurt and marinated cipollini onion. 

Next up is the Tartare with Piemontese beef, caper relish, rosemary aioli, cured egg yolk and shaved Parmigiano. It’s presented non-traditionally in three bites with a crispy flat toast.

As a main, we’d go with the Rigatoni with wild mushroom ragù, rosemary, black truffle and Moliterno, a sheep’s milk cheese from Sicily.

We have yet to try their dinner menu but the Cappelletti stuffed with truffled ricotta, melted butter and prosciutto is on our list.

To book a table click HERE.

Taikin


Address: 7450 NW 104th Ave
Neighborhood: Doral
By: Sarah Dunn

Some of our favorite Asian spots are in plazas and strip malls, and we recently added Taikin Asian Cuisine to that list. Located at the edge of Doral Commons, visitors are instantly transported into a sleek, modern eatery featuring high ceilings, contemporary lighting and beautiful flowers. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the sushi bar, where diners can enjoy a view of the sushi masters at work.

Taikin sets itself apart with its unique blend of Japanese cuisine with Latin twists. There is something for everyone at Taikin – the menu is extensive, and includes ceviches, rolls, signature dishes, fried rice, noodles, bao, soup, nigiri and sashimi.

A popular starter is the Octopus Tiradito, with fresh Pulpo marinated in Leche de tigre, chimichurri, aji amarillo, aji limon, and olive mayo, which combines to create a stunning pink palette. The dish is topped with avocado, red onion, white crispy parmesan, and red pepper, which add flavor, texture, and dimension to the plate.

We also loved the Nippon Temptation, a great example of the chef’s Japanese Latin fusion style. Each piece is crunchy and sweet at the same time, with crispy hamachi wrapped in plantain, crispy shrimp, cream cheese, eel, scallions, tobiko, and kimchi on top.

Our favorite special roll is the Taikin Bomb. It isn’t easy to choose between a roll with sushi or tuna, so we love to find one that has both! This roll has Scottish salmon and avocado on the inside and is topped with wild tuna, truffle carpaccio, truffle caviar, and ponzu. The blend of flavors balances well with the truffle, and the caviar is a decadent treat.

We can’t wait to go back! Taikin Asian Cuisine is open Monday through Sunday from 12:30 PM to 10 PM for lunch and dinner.

Cote


Address: 3900 NE 2nd Avenue
Neighborhood: Design District

We’ve seen lots of New York restaurants move to Miami in the last few months. Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-nominated, Cote is the latest one we’ve visited. We’ve actually been to the one in New York so we were definitely familiar with the sleek Korean steakhouse concept.

If you plan on going to Cote Miami we recommend dressing up. Go with a group of friends, those that you want to impress. It’s a sexy restaurant with purple neon lights in the entrance corridor. The first thing you will catch is a beautiful round bar where you can have a cocktail or two if you need to wait for your table. We were sat immediately and sipped on a much-needed dirty martini at the table.

If you’re switching to wine, they have an extensive list of 1200+ labels. The tiki tiki music was pumping and we’re honestly not bothered by it because we miss our going out days.

Cote is like a really nice private club but there’s Korean BBQ. Each table has a smokeless state-of-the-art tabletop grill. Don’t worry you’re not cooking your own steak. Their team is trained and will do all the work so that you can sit back and enjoy their 45-day, USDA prime dry-aged beef that is aged in their dry-aging room.

If you’re the type of person that likes to understand the big picture of a menu, get the Butcher’s Feast. It’s $58 per person and everyone at your table has to order it. It includes four selected cuts chosen by the chef. Our favorite was the American Wagyu Ribeye. Sides include the Ban-Chan (amuse bouche of seasonal vegetables), Scallion Salad with gochujang (a fermented Korean chili paste) vinaigrette, red leaf lettuce with Ssam-jang (a thick Korean dipping sauce), an organic egg souffle with kelp, spicy kimchi stew and Dwen-jang (soybean paste) stew.

To keep things fun, The Butcher’s Feast comes with soft-serve ice cream with a soy sauce caramel.  Before you leave, make sure to take a trip to the bathroom. On your way there you will catch a glimpse of their dry-aging room. We’d also get the Kimchi Wagyu Paella with a soft poached egg and the Korean “Bacon”, house-smoked crispy heritage pork belly, pickled jalapeños and Korean mustard.

To book a table click HERE.

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Sushi Yasu Tanaka


Address: 140 NE 39th Street
Neighborhood: Design District

In the MIA Market food hall concept in Design District, you will find some of the best nigiri platters of your Miami life. Every piece has the perfect fish to rice ratio. Behind the counter is Chef Yasu Tanaka who comes from Azabu in Miami Beach. The quality and price are unmatched and your life will never be the same. We recommend the Nigiri 8 piece Platter for $38 that includes Zuke (marinated tuna), Chu-Toro, O-Toro, Salmon, Ikura (salmon roe), Hotate (raw scallop), Hamachi, and Tai (sea bream). Oh and no need to add soy sauce, please and thank you.

For more information click HERE.

 

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Rivertail


Address: 4 W Las Olas Blvd Ste. 120
Neighborhood: Fort Lauderdale

When in need of setting up a meal in Fort Lauderdale, we recommend you stop by Rivertail. This seafood restaurant by Chef Jose Mendin is near the water and has a great outdoor patio and bar. We recommend specifically going in the month of March so you can try The Hungry Post Taquito for a limited time only (shameless plug). Together with Chef Jose Mendin we created a taquito with shrimp, homemade aioli, crumbled cheese chicharrón, chiles toreados, guacamole, microgreens and lime. Go for happy hour from 4 PM – 7 PM and stay for dinner. Our favorite dishes include the Cornbread with cotija cheese, sesame, honey butter; Bay Scallops a la Escargot with shiso-garlic butter, lime zest, sea salt; Mini Lobster Rolls on toasted brioche, serrano peppers, micro cilantro and Broiled Oysters with parmesan, kimchi, horseradish and Cheez-its.

To book a table click HERE.

 

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