EDGE STEAK AND BAR
It comes as no surprise that one of the sexiest places on earth would take Valentine’s Day very seriously. While couples up north will be celebrating in layers of wool coats, huddling close to a fireplace trying to make their teeth stop chattering long enough to sip their hot cocoas, we in South Florida will be enjoying our mild “winter” with picnics and walks on the beach, al fresco dining, linen slacks, skimpy dresses, and strappy heels. Valentine’s Day in the world’s sexiest place is definitely very sexy, and for foodies the dining options are equally as sensual. Whether you want to share in the the raw eroticism of sushi, the classic romance of Italian cuisine, or the warm and exotic spices from the land of the Kama Sutra, South Florida has the perfect place for you and your date to begin your romantic evening, and may of the area’s finest restaurants will be featuring special menus to help set the mood. Here are some of my picks for getting the evening started in good taste:
Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill
One of Miami’s most innovative restaurants located in the heart of Midtown will be featuring special additions to their already daring menu that evoke sensuous images and provide luscious flavors and textures, like a beef tenderloin with melting foie gras and roasted root vegetables ($36) or triggerfish crudo with “bleeding” pomegrante and white soy ($10). Additionally, Chef Timon Balloo will be offering sweetheart petit fours ($8) that will include a chocolate chili bar, passionfruit pâte de fruit and rose water macaroon, making a sweet end to a romantic gourmet experience.
3250 NE 1st Ave
Miami, Florida 33127
Sushi Samba Dromo
Lincoln Road is an ideal place for a Valentine’s Day dinner, offering the opportunity for an intimate stroll and exemplary al fresco dining. Sushi Samba has long been a favorite on this strip for their exemplary fusion of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian flavors and techniques. This Valentine’s Day, Sushi Samba will be offering a few sexy specials to help heat up couples’ special night, including a lamb loin tataki with yuzu-mint gelée, spicy tobanjan-dijon mustard, and celery sprouts ($16), as well as an elegant dessert of rose water meringue with chocolate truffle mousse, dragon fruit-kiwi-strawberry salsa and sake gelée ($12). To drink, don’t miss that night’s special cocktail comrpised of pisco, Domaine de Canton, fresh pineapple and freshly muddled raspberry ($11).
600 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139-2916
Long-known for providing diners with some of the most breath-taking views of the ocean, the newly revamped Rusty Pelican is offering a prix-fixe V-Day dinner for $85 per person and will be available from Friday, February 10th up until the 14th. You might need to leave dinner early and find a hotel room after sampling Rusty Pelican’s aphrodisiac first courses like “Ménage à Foie” consisting of foie gras pâté, both seared and torchon, brioche toast, and honey marmalade, or the “Oysters & Pearls” that include poached Kumamotos, tapioca pearls, spinach, and Osetra caviar.
3201 Rickenbacker Causewy
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
One of Miami’s newest - and hottest - dining destinations will also be offering a prix-fixe, 3-course menu for $80 per person that also features some traditionally sensual appetizers with a twist, including a foie gras brûlée and beef tartare. Chef Andrew Carmellini will also be offering entrée choices that include simply-prepared comfort dishes, like Guiness-braised shortribs with Yukon gold mash and sprout leaf salad, or lighter options like roasted pompano with crème frâiche and caviar.
2201 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami’s newest shrine to haute Japanese cuisine, located inside the exclusive Bal Harbour Shops. Offering a relative bargain prix-fixe menu at $55 per person, diners will be able to indulge in fire and ice oysters with yamamomo granita and serrano chili, a surf and turf consisting of lobster and a 12 oz. NY strip steak, and chocolate yuzu for dessert. For an additional $30, diners can partake in a drink pairing for each course, that includes exciting spirits like a sparkling sake.
9700 Collins Avenue #107
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
One of the restaurants on the forefront of Ft. Lauderdale’s emerging fine dining scene offering some of the most innovative cocktails and creative preparations of sushi and seafood, SAIA will be presenting a special V-Day dinner in collaboration with Hanahouhoushu Sparkling Pink Sake. Available February 10th through the 14th, will be able to partake in a five-course prix-fixe dinner with Hanahouhoushu’s unique sparkling pink sake for only $159 per couple. Start with a salmon & hamachi miso and ginger chicken soup and end with a strawberry fruit salad featuring fresh strawberries with ginger melon sauce a coconut sorbet in a crispy wonton shell with mint granita while gazing off into the Atlantic ocean just steps away.
999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
East End Brasserie
There is no cuisine more closely-associated simultaneously with elegance and romance than French cuisine. This Valentine’s Day, savor Chef Steve Zobel’s three-course prix-fixe menu with amuse bouch and champagne toast for $75 per person featuring such luscious dishes as ricotta gnocchi with Roquefort cream sauce, and sole and asparagus on a bed of wild mushrooms topped with lobster hollandaise sauce. Finish dinner with a chocolate fondue for two! Wine lovers can have dinner with wine pairings for $95 per person.
601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
One of the newest reasons to visit Brickell is Mare Nostrum, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant specializing in the freshest seafood imaginable. For $150, a couple can enjoy a complimentary bottle of Moet Chandon champagne, as well as a sumptuous four-course dinner, including seared tuna rolled in Moroccan spices with seafood risotto cake, lemon buerre blanc, and red wine reduction. To cleanse the palate between course, refresh yourself with a mojito granizado!
1111 SW First Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
For those intending to fly solo for Valentine’s Day, Edge Steak & Bar has just the menu for you, which avoids using any cutesy, lovey-dovey language...it actually does quite the opposite. For $65 per person, celebrate (or wallow in) your singleness with dishes like “love shucks” (East Coast seafood tower flavored by sour orange mojo, stinking rose aioli and angry habanero hot sauce) or “burnt, bitter, blue” (salad of bitter greens, burnt almond praline, and crumbles of Point Reyes blue cheese, drizzled with two-timing balsamic dressing). Only parties of one will be seated in the restaurant’s private dining rooms, and festive event will provide single diners the opportunity to mingle and possibly find that perfect somebody.
1435 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
No matter where you go in this iconic Miami Beach resort, you will not be disappointment. Perhaps the most exemplary Italian restaurant in South Florida, Scarpetta will be offering its regular menu including its signature spaghetti with tomato and basil that will win over any heart. Hakkasan’s dark ambiance and private dining rooms separated by a labyrinth of carved wooden partitions, along with its gourmet Chinese cuisine, make it an ideal dining destination for this special day. Solo, perhaps one of Miami’s finest pastry shops, will also be offering special Valentine’s Day-themed pastries, including raspberry and white chocolate macaron hearts. Of course, there is no better way to end the evening than with a stroll on the boardwalk!
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Just recently celebrating its grand opening with a star-studded party, The Delano’s newest restaurant addition will be offering a prix-fixe V-Day menu laden with one of the most sensual ingredients in the world that is perhaps the most treasured by any foodie: TRUFFLES! From truffle tagliatelle to a sirloin steak served with crispy black truffle potatoes and a side dish of spinach in a truffle cream sauce, Bianca is sure to leave any truffle-lover lovestruck.
1685 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
660 at The Angler's
660 at The Angler’s is hosting a special Noche Buena menu. On December 24th, from 5 to 10 PM, kick off Christmas celebrations with a classic Mojito or plantain tostones and house-made croquetas. Once you’ve properly started, enjoy Tia Anto’s 18 hour roasted leg of pork as your main course. The juicy entrée comes with crispy yucca fries, caramelized sweet plantains, stewed red beans and rice, and sour orange and Rioja mojo. Complete your Noche Buena meal with a coquito tres leches, a desert amade out of coconut milk, lime cake, aged rum and house-made dulce de leche.
660 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
(305) 534-9600 http://www.theanglersresort.com/restaurant.php
Following their mouth-watering Thanksgiving buffet, 1500° rolls out another holiday treat! On Christmas Day, from 3 to 9 PM diners can choose among the wide variety of gourmet dishes like roasted chestnut soup, mixed greens or toasted Israeli cous cous with fresh mint. And those are just the starters! 1500° will also feature a carving station with prime rib au jus served with horseradish cream and Palmetto Creek Farms ham with pineapple relish. Seared swordfish, lamb chops and roasted pork loin will also be available from their small plates menu. Sides will include herb roasted new potatoes, charred Brussels sprouts, and seafood stew. A homemade desert station will also be on display featuring a little flare and a little tradition with Belgian pizzelle cookies, Spanish turron and American pecan pie tarts, among others. Enjoy all this for only $67.
4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
(305) 674-5594 http://www.1500degreesmiami.com/
Christmas morning is usually over after you’ve opened your sixth pair of socks and realize you haven’t had breakfast. Well, Vida is taking care of your Christmas morning meal with an All-American breakfast for $28 or a continental breakfast for $22 from 7 to 10 AM. But if you miss breakfast, brunch will also be served from noon to 4 PM for $75. For brunch, choose from Vida’s omelet station, a sautée station, wood stone oven-baked pizzas and fresh fruit compotes. There will also truffled short rib tamales, citron adobo rotisserie chicken and grilled mahi with tomato and olive chutney. Try seasonal sides like winter rotisserie vegetables and four-cheese potato gratin. For dessert, try the dulce de leche napoleon. Vida will also be serving dinner for the same price from 6 to 10 p.m.
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
(305) 674-4730 http://www.fontainebleau.com/web/dining/vida/
Gotham Steak is serving up some seasonally-inspired dishes in addition to its regular menu. On Christmas Day, from 6 to 11 PM, the restaurant will be serving venison loin with pumpkin custard, huckleberries and roasted sun chokes for $32 and roast prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding and Cabernet Sauvignon jus for $38. Gotham didn’t forget about dessert: gingerbread tart with cranberry-apple and eggnog ice cream is $12.
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
(305) 674-4780 http://www.fontainebleau.com/web/dining/gotham_steak
Scarpetta will be featuring a four-course, prix fixe dinner menu from 6 to 11 PM for $75. Options will include raw yellowtail and their famed creamy polenta to start. Enjoy Scott Conant’s award-winning spaghetti with tomato and basil or agnollotti dal plin. Additional entrées include diver sea scallops or 21 day-aged beef sirloin. Try a coconut panna cotta for dessert!
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
(305) 674-4780 http://www.fontainebleau.com/web/dining/scarpetta
Newly renovated, Chophouse Miami will be serving a three-course, prix fixe dinner this Christmas Eve for $55. For the first-course, choose between the roast chestnut soup with smoked Applewood bacon, candied ginger and truffle foam or try the spinach goat cheese salad with goat cheese croquette, spicy pecans, raspberry emulsion and crispy shallots. For entrée selections, the roasted Colorado lamb “chopblock style” comes with a double chop rack, a shared roasted leg, lamb sausage, green lentil ragout, Cabernet sauce and apricot chutney. The Virginia honey-glazed ham comes served with truffled mashed potato, green bean gratin, pineapple-whiskey compote and corn bread bacon stuffing, and the cedar pink salmon is served with yellow corn grits, passion fruit beurre blanc, avocado salsa, asparagus fricassée and pickled onion salad. Enjoy sweet potato pie, bourbon pecan pie with eggnog anglaise or spiced apple pie to complete a great Christmas Eve supper.
300 South Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
(305) 938-9000 http://www.chophousemiami.com/
Edge, Steak and Bar
For the first time ever Edge, Steak and Bar will host a Christmas Eve dinner menu. The $85, three-course, prix fixe menu includes winter pumpkin bisque spiced with chervil and served with chantilly, and beef tartare made with prime tenderloin with a traditional garnish of pickled mustard seeds. For a second-course, choose among the crispy pork belly with candied chestnut puree, Loxahatchee mint and cipollini, or duck confit and foraged mushroom strudel with Valencia orange braised endive and truffle essence. For a third course, Edge will serve a turkey dinner comprised of a stuffed breast of turkey, sweet potato brulée, haricots verts, cranberry, and chesnut purée. Or try the yellow tail snapper with preserved lemon and artichoke fricassée. An eggnog soufflé with cinnamon anglaise and vanilla ice cream will be served for dessert or for diners who want it all, the Trio dessert has a cortadito shooter, chocolate truffle tart and Malbec poached pear.
1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami
(305) 358-3535 http://www.fourseasons.com/miami/dining/edge_steak_bar/