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Azul

500 Brickell Key Dr. (Brickell Ave.) Send to Phone
305-913-8254 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
In a formal indoor space with views of Biscayne Bay, this Mandarin Oriental restaurant serves fine dining fare that’s skilled but lacking the flair of former days.
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Azul Restaurant Review

: The Mandarin Oriental’s high-profile high-end restaurant, which was a star-making spot for original executive chef Michelle Bernstein and her successor Clay Conley (plus, to lesser degrees, for their successors Joel Huff and Jacob Anaya) seems currently in flux, awaiting a new chef strong enough to create a distinctive culinary concept despite corporate management. Food --- these days contemporary American with fusion influences from France and other Mediterranean-bordering countries, plus some Asian-inspired raw fish items that stand on their own --- is prepared with precision and elegance but lacks a coherent identity or the culinary excitement of former days, when its fare was trend-setting. Service is professional. The wine list has several hundred selections. The panoramic views of Biscayne Bay remain, and so does Azul’s formal (some would say overly stiff for twenty-first-century Miami) décor. The restaurant is definitely a convenience for hotel guests desiring a fine dining environment, and a suitable special occasion place for locals looking for an especially luxe Mother’s Day brunch, dinner date venue, or appropriately adult power meal.

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