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Happy Miami Spice 2010 (2 U) !!!

Any great shakes out there this year?

I'm perusing the menus now...wondering where I'll be lunching and dinner-ing.

A few places that I really want to try are:

Hakkasan
Red
BLT
Asia de Cuba
and ???

Any others that should be on my must hit list? Any of the above needn't be on my list?

Thanks for your input and Happy Miami Spice 2 U...

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Hakkasan
Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

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  1. I would definitely add Bourbon Steak to the must do list. They always do a great job for Miami Spice and this years menu looks even better. (Lobster stuffed squash blossoms and American Wagyu flatiron steak and don't forget the duck fat fries and foccacia)
    http://www.ilovemiamispice.com/menus%...

    Meat Market's menu looks very strong.
    http://www.ilovemiamispice.com/menus%...

    More recommendations here
    http://thechowfather.blogspot.com/201...

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    Bourbon Steak
    19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

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    1. re: The Chowfather

      I neglected to mention that out of the places I recommended ONLY Bourbon Steak and Charlotte Bistro offer their dinner menu on the weekends. Bonus points for them!! Scarpetta and Sra. Martinez offer on Friday night but not Saturday so plan accordingly.

    2. I gave the full list of the menus that intrigued me here ->
      http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

      Some that stood out ->
      - Azul - really an interesting menu. Haven't eaten there in years.
      - BLT Steak - esp. if you still get chicken liver mousse & popovers to start.
      - Bourbon Steak - I was there last night and tried a couple of the items that will be on the Spice menu - the corn soup w crab, and the American Wagyu flatiron ($10 supplement) - both were delicious.
      - Meat Market - some intriguing apps in particular.
      - Scarpetta - another place I don't get to often.
      - Sra. Martinez - maybe not a great value compared to the regular menu, but I like the structure where you can choose 1 cold + 2 warm + dessert for each person; between 2 people you can try a half-dozen things and a couple desserts.

      Hakkasan has great food but I have a sneaking suspicion you will go home hungry. They're offering 1 entrée and 1 side for every 2 people. The size of their normal entrées is pretty skimpy, barely enough to satisfy one person, and I'm dubious they're increasing the portion sizes for Spice.

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      Bourbon Steak
      19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

      Meat Market
      915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      Sra. Martinez
      4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

      Hakkasan
      Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

      Azul Restaurant
      500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        Frod, what do you think about Bond St.'s menu from a value/hunger standpoint?

        1. re: The Chowfather

          If you go just by comparison to regular pricing and assume portion sizes stay the same, Bond St.'s Spice menu would actaully seem to be a good deal. Starters of miso soup / house salad / ceviche run $6/9/14. The second course options listed are regularly $12-17. "Chef's Selection" sushi platter includes 2 rolls ($11 each) and three pieces of nigiri (~$8-10?), plus dessert, so that would easily be $50+ if ordered from the regular menu (again, if portion sizes are the same).

          And also probably a decent amount of food.

        2. re: Frodnesor

          Frod, since you've been during normal business, what's your take on the Dim Sum brunch spice menu at Hakkasan?

          At a glance it seems like a better bang for your buck than the dinner, with the added bonus of a larger variety.

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          Hakkasan
          Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

          1. re: talos126

            Here's my thoughts on the Hakkasan dim sum brunch ->
            http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

            Quick summary: their dim sum is generally excellent. It is also about twice as expensive as anywhere else. Even so, it's probably less expensive than the dinner menu, and probably best covers what they do best.

            I did not see that they had a Spice menu other than for dinner.

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            Hakkasan
            Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Its there, you just have to scroll down to page 2 of the "Dinner Menu" http://www.ilovemiamispice.com/menus%...

              $22 per guest / 2 guest minimum.

              Your review of the regular dim sum seemed generally positive, and I'm always up for a good xiao long bao.

              1. re: talos126

                Wow - that sounds like a decent amount of food, esp. for $22. If I understand it correctly, 2 people would get 5 rounds of dim sum, 1 bbq item, 1 veg, 1 noodle/rice/congee, and 2 desserts. I will admit I might do more damage than that at a usual dim sum lunch, but still that's pretty good especially compared to Hakkasan's usual prices.

                Note for others: xiao long bao (a/k/a soup dumplings) lurk stealthily on the Hakkasan dim sum menu as "siew long bun".

                If I weren't going out of town this weekend, I would almost certainly be there.

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                Hakkasan
                Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  That's how I read it as well. Hope to give it a shot this weekend.

                  1. re: talos126

                    I gave it a shot on Sunday and it was a good deal. I thought there were choices to be made at each step of the posted menu, but instead everyone gets everything on that menu (except in one place there is a choice between won ton soup and noodles).

                    So everyone gets their own dumplings, congee (which to me is a little like eating school glue, but to each their own), etc., and then with respect to the meat items (crispy duck, bbq item, etc.) its family-style, portioned to the number of diners.

                    When we sat down we were ONLY given the spice menu, which was an interesting change from the norm (where you have to ask for the spice specifically). Maybe the server could see "cheap" in my eyes or something, but he was totally unpretentious and down-to-earth, so that was another uncharacteristic element of the experience. All around thumbs up on both food and service.

          2. re: Frodnesor

            Hi,

            I recently went to Hakkasan. You can check out my review on Tripadvisor under Glee47, the latest review of that place with pics. By the way, thanks for your recommendation on NAOE. My husband and I went there for our anniversary and had a great time.

            Gina G

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            NAOE
            175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

            Hakkasan
            Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

          3. I perused the spice menu looking for a great must try lunch since I'll be in Miami this week for lunch. Not all restaurants are offering the spice menu for lunch...if you had to pick only one for lunch, where would you go?

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            1. re: zook

              I intended on doing a lunch list as well but nothing really jumped out at me. I never order dessert at lunch so the value isn't really there for me. Delano may work for lunch although parking will cost more...

              What part of Miami?

              @frodnesor, you could be right about Hakkasan. I initially had them "on the fence" for that reason. I'm sure someone will answer that question soon enough.

              ** LINK TO RESTAURANTS/MENUS
              http://www.ilovemiamispice.com/partic...

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              Hakkasan
              Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

              1. re: zook

                I'm also not big on dessert at lunch so don't see the Spice lunch as a big draw, but from a quick look I'd be tempted by ->

                BLT Steak - heart of palm salad, burger, and pina colada sundae.
                Sugarcane - corn chowder, chirashi bowl and chocolate chip ice cream sandwich.
                Eos Bistro E - different menu every day + pint of beer (good for productivity).

                There's also a few places that don't have menus up yet that either consistently do a good job for Spice (Timo) or are otherwise intriguing (Zuma).

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  What about D. Rodriguez? We come down to Miami every year at this time. Last year we went to Scapetta and it was outstanding.

                  Wondering about D. Rodriguez or OLA (I know it's the same chef).

                  Andrea

              2. Went to Scarpetta last night. Pleased to say the Spice menu was actually attached to the inside of the regular menu - good on them. I had already seen the menu online and think it is one of the best ones out there.

                We got the mushroom polenta and risotto short ribs for our appetizers. Both winners, but the creamy, cheesy polenta was absolutely delicious.

                I got the spaghetti and was again (been there non-spice) underwhelmed. Its not that it isn't good, I just don't understand how it got the supposed reputation it has - it is not that great. It was a good size portion though. The Mrs. got the branzino - which they refused to switch out the shellfish sauce, so she had it without any sauce, and it was still good. Not sure if the refusal was because we were ordering off the Spice menu, as the waiter just said the chef wouldn't do it. Not a huge portion, but certainly enough to satisfy.

                Desserts were quite good, got the chocolate and pana cotta, but to be honest, we were quite full by then.

                Overall, this was an excellent Spice experience. Our waiter and support staff were excellent, and no indication at all of a grudge that we ordered off the Spice menu. Still, with drinks, tax, service etc the total did still come to around $120, so not cheap by any means, but certainly reasonable, and we left very satisfied.

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                1. re: mrmagee

                  Went to Scarpetta Friday night. Showed up on time for my reservation but was still sent to the bar for about 25 minutes until my table was ready. I wanted to try out some drinks from the bar anyway, but I feel this is a tacky move. When we were seated at the dining room, there was more than a handful of empty tables, so I feel this was just an attempt to squeeze a few more bucks out of the patrons. They did immediately validate my parking ticket which was appreciated.

                  The miami spice menu is prominently displayed. Got the same apps as mrmagee and agree that they were both winners. For entrees, we had the spaghetti and the prime filet of beef. The spaghetti was very good, perhaps the best I've ever had, but I felt a bit let down. Maybe it was built up to the point that I didn't appreciate it as much as I would have without the fanfare. The beef entree was very tasty, cooked perfectly medium rare. It was smaller than what I would consider an entree size, but somehow I was full before dessert came along.

                  For dessert, I had the ameidi chocolate cake which had good chocolate flavor, but the toasted almond gelato sitting on top of the chocolate crunchies (don't know the term for this item) stole the show. It seemed like an homage to a carvel ice cream cake. The mocha swirl cheesecake was very creamy and tasty, but I only had one bite of it as the wife scarfed it down in quick fashion.

                  The service was fantastic and if not for the banishment to the bar, it would have been one of the best restaurant experiences in the last couple years. I still would definitely go back during non-miami spice time.

                2. did the miami spice dinner at meat market.Had the lamb baby backs -delicious fall off the bones(3).Then had lamb 2 ways as entree(3 single chops and lamb stuffed in pastry).Tasted good ,but i would advise men who want these spice selections to eat first at home before so they will feel full.Anorexic models would be satisfied with the portions.