CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH SIZZLING SOUTH FLORIDA RESTAURANT SPECIALS
Toro Toro Miami downtown’s sizzling steakhouse, will offer a family-style Christmas Day dinner on December 25 from 6 – 11 p.m. Priced at $50 per person (excludes beverages, tax and gratuity), the holiday feast will include seasonal items with a Pan-Latin twist. Menu highlights will feature Toro Toro’s signature chopped salad – chayote, edamame, queso fresco, crispy pork belly, roasted corn, crispy tortilla and sherry vinaigrette; in addition to ground lamb anticucho skewers with garlic-yogurt sauce, pickled cucumbers and mint; parmesan crusted sea scallops with toasted bread crumbs and lemon butter sauce; honey chipotle ham; adobo turkey, braised short rib and delicious sides such as arroz congri and roasted sweet potatoes. Traditional tres leches and churros will be offered for dessert. The restaurant will also feature a signature Christmas cocktail, the Ponche Navidendo – blanco tequila, red apple, mango, raisins, cranberries, pineapple, brown sugar and cinnamon. Table 40, Toro Toro’s private chef’s table, will offer a luxurious New Year’s Eve package. Priced at $1000 per person (excludes tax and gratuity), the package will include a one-night room stay at the Intercontinental Miami, multi-course dinner by executive chef Eric Do and rooftop Champagne celebration. The dinner will feature an endless variety of decadent selections from both land and sea; each course will be paired with a wine or Champagne to perfectly complement the dishes. Menu highlights will include chipotle lobster sliders; Mote Marine sturgeon caviar; seafood platter featuring stone crab, king crab, oysters, mussels and conch ceviche; unagi-foie gras causa with aji Amarillo potato, pickled cucumber and kabayaki sauce; chipotle crab cakes; Waygu ribeye; dry-aged filet mignon; Maine lobster with aji rocoto butter and Chilean sea bass with an ahi panca miso marinade. An array of delicious sides will also be included, and dessert will be prepared tableside. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza in Miami. For reservations, please call (305) 372-4710 or visit http://www.torotoromiami.com/.
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, will offer á la carte, truffle-infused selections, in addition to the restaurant’s nightly dinner menu this Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The truffle menu will include antipasti – Fontina cheese fondue with poached egg yolk and toasted Biova croutons; and filet mignon tartare with parmigiano reggiano. For the first course, “Langhe” tagliolini in Italian butter sauce and risotto with Piemontese Toma cheese will be available options. For the second course, thinly-sliced beef tenderloin with porcini mushrooms and veal scaloppini with truffle butter sauce and truffle fries will be offered. Holiday hours will be noon – midnight. Quattro is located at 1014 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. For reservations, please call (305) 531-4833 or visit http://www.quattromiami.com/.
SUSHISAMBA locations in Miami Beach and Coral Gables bring a taste of Japan, Brazil and Peru to Miami this holiday season. On December 24 & 25, á la carte Christmas offerings will include the Holiday Flip – a twist on a favorite holiday drink– Pisco Portón, 10-year aged port, maple syrup, chocolate bitters and an egg, dusted with fresh black pepper. Menu highlights will include roasted cauliflower with charred scallion, Fuji-apple glaze and lemongrass air; duck confit salad with pickled pear, candied cashew, baby watercress and wasabi-fig dressing; and robata lamb shank with parsnip purée, grilled scallion and Japanese parsley. For a perfect complement to the Holiday Flip, finish off the meal with an eggnog tres leite – pisco, coconut, cranberry gelée, gingerbread tuile and vanilla bean ice cream. To ring in 2014, the restaurants will offer a signature New Year’s Eve cocktail, the Revellion – Umeshu, Pisco Portón, orange juice, ginger syrup, yuzu and bitters, topped with Prosecco. SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach is located at 600 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. For reservations, please call (305) 673-5337. SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables is located in the Westin Colonnade Hotel at 180 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables. For reservations please call (305) 448-4990 or visit http://sambabrandsmanagement.com.
SUGARCANE raw bar grill, the Midtown Miami hotspot specializing in eclectic shareable plates, will offer an array of Christmas specials on December 24 & 25. Menu highlights will include a Christmas cocktail made with pressed apple cider, spiced rum, cinnamon, hibiscus tea and anise and a variety of á la carte selections including boudin blanc with mustard seeds, black truffles and smoked apple chutney; roasted suckling pig with braised Swiss chard, potato purée and garlic mojo; and pan seared striped sea bass with watercress purée, Florida sturgeon caviar and roasted eggplant. For dessert, try executive chef Timon Balloo’s take on a childhood classic, the Christmas ice cream sandwich – gingerbread cookies, eggnog ice cream and winter spiced caramel. SUGARCANE raw bar grill is located at 3252 NE 1st Avenue in Miami. For reservations, please call (786) 369-0353 or visit http://sugarcanerawbargrill.com.
The Dutch, renowned chef Andrew Carmellini’s collection of roots-inspired American cuisine will ring in 2014 with a New Year’s Eve five-course prix-fixe menu featuring inspired dishes with influences from all across the country. The meal will begin with canapés of potato latke with white sturgeon caviar and crème fraiche, followed by a choice of appetizer – foie gras torchon; or house-made brioche with a cherry gastrique, bitter cocoa nibs and sea salt. Next, diners will select from white truffle risotto or French brie with shaved parmesan and fresh shaved truffles. For the main course, selections will include beef wellington – crispy puff pastry-wrapped filet mignon with creamed root spinach, roasted chanterelles and bordelaise sauce; or John Dory – lobster broth, poached Maine lobster, root vegetables, rouille and warm crostini. For dessert, guests can choose from lemon custard with pink peppercorn brittle, crunchy meringue and strawberry sorbet; or dark chocolate mousse with hazelnut Chantilly, roasted sour cherry and white chocolate sorbet. The early seating will take place from 7 – 7:45 p.m. and will be priced at $165 per person (excludes beverages, tax and gratuity). The late seating will take place from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m., will be priced at $250 per person (excludes tax and gratuity) and will include a Champagne toast. The Dutch is located inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. For reservations, please call (305) 938-3111 or book online at http://thedutchmiami.com/.
Devon Seafood + Steak, South Miami’s go-to for premium-quality steaks and seafood, will offer a Christmas Eve special on December 24 from 4 – 10 p.m. Priced at $37 per person (excludes beverages, tax and gratuity), the dinner will begin with a choice of starter – baby green salad, spinach and watercress salad, or a decadent lobster bisque. For the main course, diners can select from a 6 oz. center cut filet with whipped Yukon gold potatoes and grilled asparagus; jumbo lump crab cakes with creole remoulade, mango tartar sauce, whipped Yukon gold potatoes and grilled asparagus; a 12 oz. Niman Ranch bone-in pork chop with mostarda, parmesan-herb roasted Yukon potatoes, and roasted cauliflower with bacon and onion jam; seared Georges Bank scallops with lobster risotto, Champagne beurre blanc and tobiko flakes; or 4 oz. filet combos featuring a choice of scallops, crab cake or fried shrimp with Yukon mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. For $45 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity), diners can upgrade to a sizzling 8 oz. center cut filet mignon with truffle butter, whipped Yukon gold potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts with La Quercia prosciutto and mustard; a 1/2 pound cold water Maine lobster tail with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, asparagus and drawn butter; or 6 oz. filet combos featuring a choice of scallops, crab cake or fried shrimp with Yukon mashed potatoes and asparagus. For dessert, guests can choose from chocolate lava cake; a selection of mixed berries; vanilla bean crème brulee or an apple croustade. Devon Seafood & Steak is located at 11715 Sherri Lane in Kendall. For reservations, please call (305) 275-0226 or book online at http://www.opentable.com/devon-seafood-and-steak-miami.
3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale’s chic oceanfront eatery, will offer a Christmas prix-fixe on December 24 & 25, in addition to the restaurant’s nightly á la carte dinner menu. Priced at $56 per person (excludes beverages, tax and gratuity), diners will enjoy a feast prepared by acclaimed chef Paula DaSilva. The meal will begin with roasted chestnut soup, followed by slow cooked prime rib with sweet onion, potato purée, Swank Farms winter vegetables and horseradish cream. A sweet seasonal dessert of peppermint pots-de-crème with biscotti will end the meal with a touch of Christmas spirit. The prime rib will also be available á la carte ($42). For New Year’s Eve, 3030 will offer a decadent four-course prix-fixe. Priced at $110 per person (excludes tax and gratuity), the meal will begin with an amuse bouche of warm salted cod brandade with grilled bread, followed by a first course of baked Coach Farm’s goat cheese with candied almonds, shaved fennel, Florida citrus and local honey; or Alaskan king crab with Swank Farm’s baby greens, cucumber, apple and lemon aioli. For the second course, diners can select from Swank Farms tomato risotto with heirloom squash and pecorino; or house-made lobster ravioli with black truffles, cauliflower and lobster sauce. Third course options will include lemongrass steamed halibut with Pacific oysters, trumpet mushrooms, potato and coconut-kaffir lime broth; or roasted rib-eye cap steak with celery root gratin, charred eggplant, baby collards and salsa verde. Dessert options will include coconut pavlova with local tropical fruits and strawberry sorbet, or a chocolate and hazelnut caramello tart with tangerine ice cream. Each guest will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to ring in the New Year. New Year’s Eve reservations require a credit card; seating is available from 6 – 10 p.m. 3030 Ocean is located inside the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at 3030 Holiday Drive in Fort Lauderdale. For reservations, please call (954) 765-3030; www.3030ocean.com.
Casa D’Angelo outposts in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton will offer holiday specials showcasing the restaurants’ award-winning Tuscan cusine. Diners can enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes including authentic Italian dishes such as classic Italian seafood salad, shrimp scampi and baccala. The regular a la carte menu will also be available. In addition, the Boca Raton location will also open on Christmas Day with a variety of specialty meat dishes including elk chop and venison shank. All specialty dishes will be available a la carte, in addition to the regular menu. Casa D’Angelo is located at 1201 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale and 171 E. Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton. For more information and reservations, please call (561) 338-1703 or (954) 564-1234 or visit http://www.casa-d-angelo.com.