Top 10: Valentine's Prix Fixes
by michaela manning
The Forge's double cut Colorado Lamb chops
Miami’s hottest restaurants bring the love with everything from heart shaped ravioli to DIY s’mores.
Chef Dewey LoSasso presents a three-course menu ($69, each) that begins with small bites (dubbed “foreplay”) like oven-roasted oysters stuffed with shrimp and brie. Entrées range from basil and mint seared tuna to double cut Colorado lamb chops with Maboroshi plum salt, pear and ginger chutney. For dessert, order a three-way: a trio of assorted chocolates, berry filo tart and pumpkin fritters. 305-538-8533; theforge.com
Eat your locavorian heart out with 1500’s four-course farm-to-table menu ($95, each). Indulge in slow cooked short ribs with polenta and huckleberry sauce or olive oil poached salmon before delving into a sampling of pastry chef Jenny Rissone’s homemade desserts and ice creams. 305-674-5594; 1500degreesmiami.com
A Fish Called Avalon
Baked apple duck confit and cognac spiked crab bisque are among the nine appetizers on this three-course menu (from $55 to $70, each). Entrees, of which there are eight, include South African lobster tails, with Meyer lemon buerre blanc, and heart-shaped ravioli in roasted tomato marjoram broth. End things on a warm note with piping hot apple bread pudding. 305-532-1727; afishcalledavalon.com
Eos’ five-course offering ($70 per person) presents plenty of swoon-worthy dishes. Start with the cauliflower mousse followed by heirloom beet salad, sweet and spicy duck and deconstructed red velvet cake. 305-503-4400; viceroymiami.com
DB Bistro Moderne
Some of executive chef Jarrod Verbiak’s most popular menu items made their way onto DB’s three-course menu ($90, each). Start with ricotta cavatelli, tossed in a divine taleggio fonduta, before moving on to roasted John Dory with heirloom squash and sauce vierge. Finish with a citrus sundae of poached satsuma, clementine meringue, Meyer lemon sorbet and blood orange ice cream. 305-421-8800; danielnyc.com
Share the love with Mercadito’s five-course menu ($50, each) of guacamoles, tacos, botanas, ceviches and desserts. Family style options include chipotle guacamole with mango and jícama, orange-chilé dorado ceviche, duck confit tacos with prune molé and pumpkin purée and a flight of flan. 786-369-0430; mercaditorestaurants.com
Eden South Beach
Submit to temptations, like Kumamoto oysters and goat cheese ravioli, with Eden’s four-course tasting menu ($65, each). Chef Christopher Lee will turn out a luxurious spread complete with caviar, Maine lobster, prime beef tenderloin and molten chocolate cake. 305-397-8760; edensouthbeach.com
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