5 Dishes We Love

BY Riki Altman-Yee, Jen Karetnick & Luis R. Rigual with contributions by Lisa Petrillo | June 18, 2018 | Feature Features

The feast is on! From dazzling debuts to dishes we can't get enough of, here are 50 reasons why Miami's dining scene is hotter than ever.
Smoked Prawns A La Plancha at Los Fuegos

1. Smoked Prawns A La Plancha, Los Fuegos
Chef Francis Mallmann is all about succulent meats at Los Fuegos, but absolutely no one is asking, “Where’s the beef?” when this shrimp trio arrives at the table. Grilled to perfection, the crustaceans are dusted with various spices and served with arugula, avocado, pink grapefruit and roasted hazelnuts. Faena Miami Beach, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.655.5610

2. Butter Krab Roll, Pubbelly Sushi
Some bites are meant to be remembered. Case in point: Pubbelly Sushi’s menu favorite is a flavorful lump of kanikama encased in goma soy paper and sushi rice. The roll is served with a warm ponzu and clarified butter sauce for dipping. And dip you must! Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786.899.5038

3. Aged Bluefin Fillet, Dragonfly
Aging fish is a Japanese tradition most American diners may not be aware of, but the scientific process creates sushi that’s tender and buttery. At Dragonfly, the 21-day-aged bluefin is expertly sliced to reveal fresh and fatty meat that’s paired with Tamaki Gold rice and then brushed with tamari sauce. 5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral, 305.222.7447

4. Beet Mezzaluna, Macchialina
Good things do come in small packages. Chef Michael Pirolo’s half-moon-shaped pockets are filled with an earthy beet-based puree that’s both creamy and colorful, and then tossed with a brown butter and hazelnut sauce. The final touch? Diced beets and ricotta salata on top for a milky flavor with just a hint of salt. 820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305.534.2124

5. Meli Melo, Seaspice
In this the age of Instagram, everyone loves a pretty appetizer, but Seaspice’s tartare tower is also the perfect layering of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, edamame and avocado puree. Take that photo soon, however, because once a fork goes in, this culinary masterpiece won’t remain standing for long. 422 NW N. River Drive, Miami, 305.440.4200

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