May 24, 2017
Our weekly food and drink news serves up intel on restaurant openings, chef buzz, culinary events, must-try dishes, and more.
Mondrian's new Dig In brunch promises a Bloody Mary and condiment bar with all the fixings.
Mondrian South Beach is kicking off its new Dig In brunch party Saturday, April 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. The brunch series, which will take place every Saturday, includes new menu items like peanut butter French toast with Brioche loaf, barbecue ribs and salt and vinegar chips; smoked pork belly croquette with olive oil poached egg and cheddar cheese grits; and chicken and waffles with ricotta and honeycomb. Brunch also includes DJs spinning soul and disco beats, as well as a Bloody Mary Bar with a smorgasbord-style table of spices, garnishes, and hot sauces for the Absolut Vodka-based breakfast cocktail. 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1940
Area 31 executive chef Wolfgang Birk is whipping up a multi-tiered Easter buffet at The EPIC Hotel in the Metropolis Ballroom on Sunday, April 20, with dishes including roasted strip loin with béarnaise sauce, cabernet jus herb and truffle roasted chicken, Belgian waffles, and cheese and omelet stations. The family friendly brunch buffet ($75 per person; $35 for children 10 and under) includes optional cocktail and wine pairings, as well as a kids' section complete with a separate buffet, DIY cupcake decorating station, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Reservations required by Wednesday, April 18. 270 Biscayne Way, Miami, 305-967-7303
From Monday, April 14 through Tuesday, April 22, BLT Steak at The Betsy will serve a nightly blackboard dinner menu with Passover specials curated by executive chef Laurent Tourondel and chef de cuisine Danny Ganem. The steakhouse will offer three-course prix fixe menus ($60) with options including matzo ball soup with black truffles; prime dry-aged brisket with dried fruit compote and horseradish salt; and pike "gefilte" fish with picked chanterelles and English pea velouté. The meal ends with a flourless chocolate cake with Frangelico ice cream and hazelnut brittle or a passion fruit soufflé with chocolate-dipped macaroons. 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-6100
Cavalli Miami Restaurant and Lounge is celebrating Easter Sunday with a four-course prix fixe menu ($95) on April 20. The menu starts with fritto misto alla Toscana, a traditional Italian dish with fried prawns, scallops, artichoke, zucchini, and scampi tails, and then proceeds with pear and goat cheese tortelli in butter-sage sauce and pan-roasted lamb loin, concluding with bigne rolls in a hazelnut sauce. 150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-695-4191