Bourbon Steak review
I had the pleasure of dining at Bourbon Steak last night. Let me start by saying it is a beautiful restaurant. There is a gorgeous private dining area surrounded by rocks, a beautiful bar area and a nice wine cellar. My girlfriend pointed out that it looks like a restaurant you would find in a Vegas hotel, in a good way. It had extremely comfortable couches for the banquettes in addition to the tables. Visually, very nice.
When we arrived, we were graciously whisked in to a table that could/should have sat 4, but they reserved for the two of us at I requested it for her birthday. I looked at the wine list before going, and seeing as I wanted to keep the bottle price under $80, I brought my own 2001 Tom Eddy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is my one complaint with the restaurant, and actually told the waiter after the meal in a discussion that it is a bit preposterous that there is only one (1) cab option on the wine list under $100. Nonetheless, they graciously welcomes our bottle for a $25 corkage fee.
We started out with 2 cocktails, I had a Moscow something or another, with vodka, muddled lime and ginger beer (very good) and the lady had a pomegranite martini (delicious). They immediately decanted the wine to give it ample time to breathe. As soon as we sat, the manager also brought over a hand-written birthday card thanking my girlfriend for celebrating there (a wonderful gesture that I have not seen before). He also came with one of the duck fat fries trios. The paprika/bbq combo was good, though a bit heavy on the paprika. The truffled fries with truffle aioli was surreal.
The wait staff next brought out the house bread, a delicious potato foccaccia drenched in truffle oil. It was superb. Our appetizers came out soon thereafter. We got the crab salad lettuce cups with sriracha vinaigrette. Fantastic. We also ordered the kobe beef shabu shabu. They brought out a consomme pot with fire under it to lightly/quickly drench these mushroom wrapped with kobe. Phenomenal, and the comsomme could be consumed as a soup after the kobe disappeared. It was earthy, light, simple and delicious.
For the mains, my girlfriend ordered a filet and I ordered the bone-in ribeye. We got a spinach souffle with parmesan cream and jalapeno cream corn on the side. All of the steaks (aside from the A5 Kobe) are slow poached in butter for 8 hours and then quickly grilled to char. The one issue we had was my girlfriends was over-cooked, but they took it away and quickly replaced it with a new filet (time was aided by the slow poaching). The au poive sauce was not a rich and creamy version, but rather looser and delicious. It really heightened the flavors of a perfectly seasoned steak. The souffle was subliminally wonderful (perhaps the best thing we ate the entire night) and the cream corn was sweet yet had a slight heat backing it from the jalapenos.
We finished off the meal with the bananas foster doughnuts, which neither of us cared for. The molten chocolate cake, however, was unreal. I am beyond tired of the molten chocolate cake thing, but ordered it for my girlfrend. It was a good thing. The outside was almost like a chocolate crust, with the most delicious melted rich interior. The malted milk ice cream to accompany was similarly wonderful. It also came with a chocolate/bourbon cremoso type of creation that was phenomenal. The coffee was served in a traditional large coffee press and the chocolate martini was similarly great.
Great steaks that melted in your mouth
Molten Chocolate cake
Friendly and warm service that made you feel special and appreciated your business
Overcooked steak (though quickly replaced)
At times had to pour own wine out of the decanter
Expensive wine list weak in the zinfandels, cabs under $100
Just got back from the Fred Stolle pro am at Turnberry last weekend and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Bourbon Steak. We got there early and had a drink in the bar where we were served a container of the best popcorn I've ever had-nicely buttered with truffle oil. Wow. Be sure to try it.
Everything was spot on. Duck fat fries, potato foccaccia, caesar salad, and perfectly cooked steaks with that subtle wood-roast flavor. We had a large group in the beautiful private room and so were able to enjoy many of the great sides including sauteed mushrooms, potatoes with goat cheese, truffled mac and cheese, and spinach. The coconut chocolate bar for dessert was tasty, but not as ethereal as the rest of the meal.
This is one place where you really should dig a nice bottle of wine out of the cellar, or go buy one. $25 is a reasonable corkage fee (rare in Miami), and if you are bringing a nice $50-70 bottle, you are saving another $70-90 (the price of the meal) by avoiding the steep markup.
This being high season, the prices are what they are, but I'm looking forward to the off-season deals (hope they reintroduce them this year) where they have a $55 prix fixe. Fridays are also a good night to go because of drink specials (again, don't know if this happens in the 'high season'). And then of course there is Miami Spice in August (which is probably the next time I'll be in attendance - wife started new firm and we are tightening our belts when it comes to dining).
re: non sequitur
There's actually pretty good deals on their bar menu and new burger menu, and I don't find the Bourbon Steak wine markups to be all that outrageous by Miami standards. I see several good things that are pretty close to 2x retail, which by local standards qualifies as reasonable. Just a small and unscientific sample - Betts & Scholl reisling @ $56 (retails around $25), Anderson's Conn Valley Prologue $55 (retails around $25), Sea Smoke Southing @ $150 (retails for $80-100), Pax Cuvee Christine @ $115 (retails around $50), Betts & Scholl Chronique @ $77 (retails around $35-45).
(good luck with that new firm!)
Had another great meal over at Bourbon Steak. This place is a steak house and the steaks are great but there really is much more to it than steak. I went with the 18oz bone in ribeye which was excellent. Cooked perfectly (medium rare) and packed with flavor. The complimentary duck fat fries and accompanying dipping sauces (three types of fries and sauces) remain a great start to a meal. The focaccia bread drizzled with truffle oil was also great. We followed both with the heirloom tomato and burrata appetizer which was outstanding. May be the best burrata I've had in Miami. (Had a very good one a while back at Table 8). The side of truffle mac and cheese was prepared perfect, a great side.
This place is not cheap but they have a new bar and burger menu which looks great. The bar and lounge area are nice and this is a much less expensive way to experience one of Miami's bests. Drinks are half price during the daily happy hour and they have an extensive wine and cocktail menu. Links to menus below
My 2c from a visit last night, remarkably similar experience ->
7:30 reservation, we were seated in a booth in what looked like more of a bar area, though people were eating dinner at the other tables. Roomy booth which would have easily sat 4, but the table was pretty awkward - it's supported by a glass panel that runs lengthwise down the middle of the table - as a result, your feet are banging into the darn thing the entire night and there is simply nowhere whatsoever to stretch out your legs (and I am by no means long-legged, though Mrs. F is).
Service was very attentive, within minutes we were presented with the trio of duck fat fries (herb-seasoned w/ homemade ketchup, truffle-seasoned w/ truffle aioli, paprika-dusted w/ another dipping sauce). Agree that the paprika, though flavorful, was a little overpowering. Shortly after placing our orders a focaccia arrived, baked in a little copper pan, and also infused w/ truffle oil.
We started w/ "spice-poached prawns" (shrimp cocktail!) and crabcakes, then "American Kobe" eye of ribeye w/ some roasted marrow bones on the side, Alaskan salmon, and spinach souffle. I was disappointed that the lobster apps that appear on the online menu were not on the actual menu, as I had been hankering for the butter-poached lobster w/ corn and chanterelles listed there (though you can still get a butter-poached lobster as an accompaniment to your main and do your own surf-n-turf).
The shrimp (a half-dozen large shrimp) were flavored preomdinantly with tarragon and came over a bed of ice and seaweed with cocktail sauce and green goddess for dipping. The cocktail sauce was nice and spicy with horseradish, the green goddess could have used a little kick. The crabcakes were two roughly golf-ball sized, thimble-shaped cakes, crispy on the outside and pretty much all crabmeat inside, no filler. Tasty, and the tabasco vinaigrette and tomatoes went nicely, only drawback was that the crabmeat was fairly well shredded and I might have preferred larger lump crab (and they were somewhat wee for a near $20 app).
The steak was an "American Kobe" "eye" of ribeye (8oz) - an interesting cut, which would appear to be the center of a ribeye (the part inside the usual ribbon of fat around one side of a ribeye), and cut double-thick (about 2"). It was indeed a beautiful steak, flavorful and marbled throughout, and topped with a sprinkle of grey sea salt crystals. Mrs. F gushed about its flavor before knowing I had ordered the "American Kobe." Is it worth it at $64? I will say this much: (1) I vastly preferred it to the equivalently priced "deckle steak" at the Forge, which I had a few weeks ago; (2) I probably, for the price, would have preferred it to the $46 18-oz bone-in ribeye (Angus beef) option on the B.S. menu. Happily take less of a better quality beef, which was still plenty filling, but most definitely not something to get in the habit of for many reasons. The marrow bones made for a rich sauce to accompany the rich beef, though I've preferred presentations of this with a bright parsley salad and toast for spreading (which I've had elsewhere as knockoffs of Fergus Henderson's St. John version). Confess I did not try Mrs. F's salmon - she liked it just fine (though was plenty regretful over not getting a steak).
The spinach souffle was a real, genuine souffle, with a parmesan cream sauce to pour into it. Beautiful little souffle but surprisingly somewhat lacking in spinach flavor. Other than a few of the entrees which come as complete dishes with sides, all of the steaks and fish are served bare wit several vegetable sides available a la carte to choose from.
The wine list is pricey as I've commented elsewhere, but as far as selection goes is pretty strong by Miami standards. In certain categories (current release CA pinot, Burgundy, current and some library CA cab, Bdx) it is pretty strong by any measure. We had a nice 05 Nicolas Potel Gevrey-Chambertin at around $100, which is steep but a fairly reasonable 2x retail markup from what I'm able to see on wine-searcher.com. Also had to often pour myself which I couldn't care less about but was surprising for a restaurant in this price bracket.
This was a luxe, decadent meal and priced accordingly - without dessert we were at about $100/head. I'm honestly not all that big on the whole steakhouse thang, but if you want upscale steakhouse they're doing it pretty well.
Best meal we have had in Miami... ever. Prime 112 looks like a Sizzler after this. A bit expensive, but worth it. We ordered the Truffled Mac & Cheese, Trio of Duck Fat Fries, Foraged Mushrooms, Spinach Soufflé and had MISO-GLAZED BLACK COD, BARBECUE PORK SHORT RIBS and AMERICAN KOBE BEEF with Roasted Marrow Bones as entrées. For desert we had beignets and chocolate molten cake. Wines were also excellent. Sorry, in a hurry. Definitely recommend it. We will be back soon.
Ask for the foie gras starter that's not on the menu. It was a great portion and the best I have ever had.
BARGAIN AT BOURBON
Curious about Bourbon Steak, the new Michael Mina restaurant at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, but worried about the sticker shock? A Wednesday American Institute of Wine & Food dinner may be the ticket.
For the relative bargain price of $105 ($95 for AIWF members), you get a three-course ''Back to Basics'' menu that includes a choice of heirloom tomato soup with lobster grilled cheese or romaine with black olive Caesar dressing; an American Kobe burger, barbecued pork short ribs or wood-grilled organic chicken with sides; and beignets with crème brulée, butterscotch or chocolate pot de crème. Plus wines selected by sommelier Matthew Turner and coffee or tea.
Reservations for the 7 p.m. dinner are available through AIWF at 305-663-9641 or 954-396-3875.
source: Miami Herald
No steak on the menu though...
This was a great review. A lot of effort went into it and it was interesting and informative. I wish that we had more like this. One caveat: whenever I see a review of a restaurant and the poster doesn't tell me where it's located, I assume it's in Miami/Ft.Lauderdale. For those of us on the other coast, please identify the location of the restaurant--at least, the city or town it's in. Thanks and please post again, Mikek!
We had 2 apps, 2 steaks, 2 sides, 2 desserts, coffee, 3 cocktails and a $25 corkage and it came out to about $300 plus the bottle of wine we brought with us. It was about on par with a meal at Prime 112, Table 8, etc. At least they comped the valet parking (which is more you can say than places like Prime 112).
re: Miami Danny
Menu, with prices, is online and no, it ain't cheap.
Wine list has some strengths in CA Pinot, Burg, and showoff CA Cab and Bdx (the latter couple in particular fitting for a steakhouse) but prices are pretty high. I counted less than 10 red wines under $50, only one under $40.