Miami had been a hub of sunshine, parties and the arts for some time now. However, this city has in recent years taken to new heights, with hospitality no longer just catering to the spring breakers but to an older more professional crowd (and arguably that still wants to have some slightly more adulterated fun!) On my recent visit to the city, I found myself experiencing just that at a few of these slick, trendy and chic hotspots.
The Eden Roc
While The Eden Roc has always had a reputation for being a luxury hotspot, it has managed to maintain its exclusive and relaxing vibe, even amongst the busiest weeks of season in Miami. Located on Miami Beach, the resort’s captivating vibe combines glamor and sophistication with a ‘beachy’ vibe. Here guests will find breathtaking ocean view suites, restaurants like the renowned Nobu, or their pool-front farm to table restaurant Splash. For those looking for ultimate relaxation, there is also their lavish on-site spa. Guests can kick back in a beachfront or poolside cabana, receive personalized services and be in the lap of sunshine and luxury, all within 20 minutes of Miami Airport.
Katsuya at the SLS
Located in the heart of the trendy SLS Hotel in South Beach, Katsuya serves up a suprising spin on modern asian cuisine. Modern and fun with top notch service, at Katsuya you can choose from a menu that starts off with a twist on signature pan asian appetizers like Creamy Rock Shrimp, Spicy Edamame or their Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna. Moving onto mains, of course you can’t pass mouth watering signature dishes like their Miso Marinated Black Cod marinated in sweet miso, or their special Katsuya Roll featuring Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, Scallop, Crab and Avocado wrapped with Rice, Soy Paper, and Cucumber. And have we got to drinks yet? Start the evening with the Katsuya Fresh (Ketel One vodka, Rock Sake, hand-crushed English cucumbers and freshly squeezed lime juice) before sealing the deal with one of their delicious Expresso Martinis post meal….that is unless you get tempted but their unforgettable desert menu!
Los Fuegos at The Faena
The South American grillmaster, Francis Mallmann serves seafood, and a deep wine list in the elegant Faena Hotel. Born from a passion for the ancient art of South American live-fire cooking, the Argentine chef creates a contemporary asado experience with an open-fire kitchen, local ingredients and a gaucho’s touch to transform traditional rustic recipes into sophisticated, savory dishes. If the deep, sultry and sexy mood this restaurant doesn’t captivate you, I can assure the cuisine will. Start with a deep pour of a recommended red, before testing your tastebuds on dishes like their Prime Beef Tartare with Patagonia Potato Gallete, Cured Egg Yolk, Capers or heavenly Almond Soup with Watermelon, Olive Oil, Sherry Vinegar, Dill. In terms of mains here, you can’t go wrong with any of their traditionally grilled meats like the Wagyu NY Strip Steak with Domino Potato, Arugula, Avocado, Pickled Red Onion. However don’t pass up some of their signature pasta dishes like Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms, Parsley, Lemon Zest, Truffle Salt. Here you will find delicious, sensual and wildly memorable food.