On a recent, very quick trip to Miami during Fashion Week, I also was able to experience some of the top culinary establishments of South Beach and the popular arts district Linwood area.
First off, Mareva 1939, located on the property of the art deco landmark beachfront hotel The National Hotel Miami Beach, came highly recommended, rated among Miami’s best restaurants. Featuring Spanish dishes by executive chef Sergio Chamizo, the restaurant was recently named Best Spanish Restaurant by Miami New Times.
The ambience truly takes one back to another era. Guests may sit outdoors overlooking the gorgeous pool, or in the glamorous inside dining area, with dramatic artwork of top film and music icons decorating the walls. If lucky, one can enjoy live music in the establishment’s piano bar area. When I visited, the talented singer/pianist Victor Valdez entertained and engaged his audience the entire evening.
The restaurant’s inventive sharing menu is based on traditional Spanish dishes with a unique twist for a taste that is distinctly Mareva. Signature dishes, which include several tapas and paellas, are served alongside curated cocktails and an impressive wine list, composed entirely of natural, organic, or biodynamic wines curated by the property’s director of food and beverage Alejandro Delgado.
Every dish we sampled was delicious and beautifully presented, from the Tuna Tartare to the Grilled Artichoke Hearts with manchego, truffle cream and Iberico ham, to the Black Paella with seared scallops, shrimps and aoli. And to cap off the evening, we partook in the decadent Burnt Basque Cheesecake.
Next, for an exotic night out, Rishtedar offers an elevated dining experience with authentic Indian traditional food. The restaurant first launched in Santiago, Chile by Vikram Thadani more than 15 years ago, and recently opened the doors to its first U.S location in the stylish Wynwood area of the city.
Rishtedar boasts an exotic menu of masalas and kebabs all created with traditional spices, boasting an authentic introduction to Indian delicacy. The menu, offering Indian cuisine with Portuguese, Persian and English influences, is based on the five-thousand-year-old cuisine history, making most recipes extremely difficult to recreate at home, all layered and with precise techniques.
An authentic cultural experience, upon arrival female guests will be invited to have a bindi applied on the forehead between the eyebrows, and to end the evening, guests will be offered a finger bowl of lemon, cardamom and rose water to wash their hands tableside.
Rishtedar‘s menu features a section of starters and shared plates featuring vegetarian, chicken, kebabs and tandoor, seafood, and lamb dishes, accompaniments of naan and rice, and sweet traditional desserts. Menu highlights include appetizers (chatpati) Johar E Motia, fresh mushrooms in white wine sauce with cashews, and Goa Chilly Bengan, eggplant in fresh onion, pepper and tomato sauce with spices; mains Lobster Marsala, Goa Machi Curry, a fish curry with onion, garlic, coconut and spice sauce, and Aloo Matar aur Gobhi, potatoes with peas and cauliflower in a traditional seasoned masala. Don’t forget the Nimboo Baath Rice and Cheese Naan, or try the Kulfi, the homemade ice cream for dessert. Exotic cocktails, such as the Mojito Sparklin and a good selection of wines and beers round out the offerings.