Healthy Dishes at Miami's Most Indulgent Restaurants
July 07, 2014 | by Lane Nieset | Food & Drink News
Does it feel like every local restaurant wants to sabotage your beach body? We found five hearty yet healthy entrées to help you stay on track this summer.
Grilled octopus at Bianca.
When we hear Italian, we think cheese, pasta, and cured meats. While Bianca at Delano is definitely a hotspot for truffle-laden pasta dishes (like the truffle tagliatelle), the restaurant also has a number of seafood items that are just as flavorful, but less caloric, like the char-grilled octopus with cherry tomato salad and walnut vinaigrette. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5752
Fresh escolar at Zuma.
Decadent Japanese restaurant Zuma is not only a great place for dining with a view of the bay, but also for light dishes sans tempura. While we can't get enough of Zuma’s sushi and sashimi, one light option we love is escolar no tataki—seared escolar with white asparagus, and yuzu shallot dressing—which has a refreshing, citrus kick. 270 Biscayne Blvd.Way, Miami, 305-577-0277
The Bazaar by José Andrés serves a unique version of ceviche.
The whimsical menu at The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS South Beach combines Latin flavors with Singapore street food—everything from foie gras PB&J to bao con lechón (Chinese bun with pork belly). Stake out a spot on the outdoor terrace and go for an option on the healthier side. While a few favorites are the watermelon and tomato skewers and gazpacho Patricia, our top pick is the dragon fruit ceviche, a piece of dragon fruit filled with tuna, pecans, lime, and hibiscus. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-455-2999
Hakkasan's green salad is served with a plum dressing.
The sultry setting is one reason to dine at Hakkasan at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, but the restaurant is also ideal for feasting on fried and steamed Chinese goodies like lobster dumplings and crispy duck rolls. With your beach bod in mind, order the new green salad packed with plenty of Asian flavors and topped with a plum-peanut dressing. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 877-326-7412
The heirloom tomatoes surround a bed of silky tofu at Pubbelly's.
In between the chopped bone marrow, pork belly croquetas, and Korean-style sweetbreads, we found a dish on Pubbelly's menu that incorporates the gastropub's signature Asian street-food flair minus the fatty pork. Jose Mendin's heirloom tomato dish is our pick, served with soft tofu, amazu ponzu, blueberries, and sesame oil—perfect for light eaters and vegetarians who dine at this meat-centric restaurant. 1418 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-532-7555
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