The closing of each years offers lots of end-of-the-year lists. From celebrities who have died, gotten married or divorced to major events that happened during the year, or best photos of the year, they are all covered.
The Miami Dining Examiner has been reviewing her 2014 calendar and come up with a top ten list of dining experiences in Miami from this year. Some stick in the mind because of the ambience, the service or the company. But most of all (and top of the list) the food had to be memorable.
The Miami Dining Examiner’s favorite pick for Miami Spice and possibly her favorite dining spot in Miami this year is La Mar. The ceviche with salmon, peanuts, crispy won tons in a creamy sauce is not to be missed; the service and setting exquisite.
The Miami Dining Examiner had been wanting to try brunch at Eating House for a while. A rainy Miami morning offered the chance to sneak in without reservations. The Cap’n Crunch pancakes- rich, sweet and decadent- lived up to the hipe, but everything else was pretty darned good.
Located in the chic Epic hotel on Brickell, this sleek Asian eatery offers excellent sushi, great service and a room with a view of the Miami river. The chirashidon- a selection of sashimi with vegetables, piled elegantly on top of a bed of rice- is a go-to entrée to order.
Out with friends for Miami Spice, the Miami Dining Examiner trekked out to the beach to try this lovely Greek restaurant to dine among the beautiful (and wealthy) crowd. Luckily, the food is beautiful as well. The lamb chops got raves at the table, but the big bowl of smooth as silk greek yogurt, with honey and walnuts, linger in the memory of this diner as a simple but delicious dessert.
This new spot in Coral Gables boasts a chef from London and locally sourced items. The food, however, is what the Miami Dining Examiner was impressed with. Let the chef choose a couple cheeses and meats on the chacuterie board, pair it with a beer or wine and prepare to be wowed.
Another spot in Coral Gables the Miami Dining Examiner tried for brunch, this time with her daughter. The delicately poached eggs atop pulled pork was delicious and the bottomless Bloody Marys kept the party going. A reason to celebrate on Saturdays and Sundays.
Angelique Euro Cafe
Although this tiny Coral Gables restaurant seemed unprepared for the crowd that showed up for Miami Spice, the escargot in sherry cream sauce and bread pudding with white chocolate and raspberries made up for it. The free round of wine, on the house, didn’t hurt matters.
The Miami Dining Examiner loved the atmosphere, plant wall and the view at this restaurant overlooking Lincoln Road. The seared tuna bento box and crudo bento box were standout dishes. Bring a camera.
This Coral Gables restaurant really pulled out all the stops for Miami Spice, with large portions of delicious food. The pear and cheese stuffed pasta purses in a gorganzola cream sauce, winner of Taste of the Gables more than onec, is still drool-worthy.
The Trapiche Room
Located in the J.W. Marriot, this wine-centric restaurant on the second floor, was a surprise to the Miami Dining Examiner. If diners are looking for a quiet spot for an intimate dinner, this is the place to come. The food is subtle and refined, meant to be paired with the large selection of wines offered. The lamb shank ravioli and grilled swordfish with faro, were both standout dishes.