Le Banyan- north Miami Beach Thai
Just had a very lovely lunch at Le Banyan - right off the beach in that little Ocean Terrace area. It's in the south corner space that's been empty for a long time. On the way to the beach this afternoon we saw lounge chairs and low tables set up out on the little terrace, so we stopped in after some swimming. Waiter said they'd been open about a month. The cocktails were perfect - vodka and rose syrup and orange - and the whole set up is so comfy, that we couldn't quite trust ourselves that the food was as good as we thought , or we that we wanted it to be, or if it was the drink! We only tried two of the lunch specials, $15 plates with noodles or sticky rice, shrimp cakes, vermicelli, spring rolls, etc. depends on the plate, but very tasty and really nice after the beach. The little shrimp cakes were especially good, as well as the mee krob, which had a nice zing.
Couldn't read the full menu - didn't bring my glasses to the beach, so can't comment on anything but our lunch.
We're going back on Friday to make sure we weren't dreaming or drunk, but I'm hoping they make a go of it; it's a nice addition to the neighborhood.
I went here over the weekend with the kids. The location is beautiful, the view is great, the food was pretty good, but the prices - except for a $15 kids' dinner - were insane. Apps mostly $12+, mains in the $25-35 range, desserts $10+. Just can't justify it when there's places with equivalent food around the corner (Tamarind Thai, Siam Bayshore) for significantly less. More info here ->
Yes, that little area where you turn right as you go up Collins and there's parking for the beach and a few hotels and condos. It loops back around to Collins....I think it's called Ocean Terrace. They have the arts fair there every year? There was a circus themed restaurant in the same spot about ten years ago.