Miami Restaurant News
The 58-story SLS Hotel & Residences in Brickell features dining concepts from chefs Jose Andres and Michael Schwartz. With The Bazaar a smash at the South Beach SLS property, Andres is expanding his horizons to include the vast ocean with Bazaar Mar. The restaurant features seafood from Caribbean and local waters, dishing out a sea of snacks ranging from ceviches to crudos to tiraditos. Menu favorites from The Bazaar will also make their way onto the menu. Likewise, Schwartz has introduced an Italian concept (his first in Brickell) Fi'lia, which follows the chef's philosophy of simple and honest cooking with hand crafted breads, pizzas, and pastas. SLS Brickell, 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130, 305-239-1300.
As if Brad Kilgore wasn't busy enough minding his Wynwood restaurant Alter (which is sold-out nightly), he has taken on the title of culinary director at the cultural Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. In this role, the talented toque is in charge of curating the Arsht Center's food and beverage options, beginning with the on-site restaurant, Brava by Bradley Kilgore. To help him in the kitchen when he can't be in two places at once, Kilgore has solicited Toscana Divino's Jeff Maxfield. An à la carte menu features "food with no boundaries" with French techniques and presentation. Brava will open on performance days with seatings for evening and matinee showings, as well as post-curtain seatings for those without tickets at 8:15 p.m. Brava by Bradley Kilgore, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132, 305-949-6722.
Amazon Restaurants Expands to Miami
Amazon Prime members have another reason to love the online marketplace, and it involves food from local restaurants delivered to your door in under an hour. That's right: Amazon Restaurants, which has already launched in major markets such as New York, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle (where Amazon was born), has expanded to Miami. Thus far, more than 50 restaurants are on the platform including local favorite Taquiza, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Ten Fruits, La Latina, Ice Box Cafe, Bunnie Cakes and Doraku, with more promised to be coming in the very near future. Non Amazon prime members can take full advantage of the service for free should their order exceed $20. Hungry? Visit the official website and have food at your door in less than 60 minutes.
Cindy Hutson is a name synonymous with Miami flavors. Her restaurant on Miracle Mile, the aptly named Ortanique On the Mile, has been serving Caribbean-meets-Floridian fare (dubbed "Cuisine of the Sun") for more than 16 years. And now, she's bringing her notorious coffee and cocoa encrusted wild salmon and jerk chicken pasta to downtown with the opening of Zest. Located in the Southeast Financial Center in the heart of downtown, Zest is open for lunch and dinner daily, with an adjoining Zest Mrkt dishing out breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Think grab-n-go gourmet delights such as a shawarma of the week. As for Zest, the menu features Ortanique On the Mile favorites and new creations such as root beer braised heritage pork belly, crispy buttermilk oysters and grits, curried octopus, and lobster rundown doused in a scotch bonnet pepper coconut sauce. Zest, Southeast Financial Center, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131, 305-374-9378.
French chef Laurent Tourondel has unexpectedly shuttered his Ocean Drive mainstay BLT Steak, which opened in 2009, to make way for a fresh concept: LT Steak & Seafood. Like BLT Steak, LT Steak & Seafood will showcase seafood as well as steaks, and will continue an "extensive" selection of raw fish and sushi. So what has changed? New dishes such as crunchy curried crab and grilled red snapper are on the menu, and there will be ample and more inventive takes on sushi and ceviche. The restaurant has also undergone a makeover to match the property's larger expansion that will include two other restaurant concepts by Tourondel scheduled to open in Fall 2016. LT Steak & Seafood is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. BLT Steak, The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-673-0044.