Zest

200 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131
305-374-9378
Zest

Photo by KarliEvans.com

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  • Zest MRKT Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Zest lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner Monday through Wednesday 5:30 to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 5:30 to 11 p.m., Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local ingredients, Wheelchair accessible, Full service bar, Business Dining, BYOF, Catering, Delivery, Order Online, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Snack Food
  • Full bar
  • Garage Parking, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Cindy Hutson's Zest is her first restaurant in downtown Miami and a throwback to her frantic early days in the restaurant business when she teamed up with longtime partner Delius Shirley to open Norma's on the Beach. Her Caribbean foundation is on display here in a pristine fish dip, whose main ingredient changes as availability dictates. In it go a homemade garlic aioli, rémoulade, and a "woo" sauce made with Scotch bonnet peppers, carrots, and vinegar. The result, whether it be made with corvina or swordfish, quickly disappears in the clutches of fried plantain chips. Cobia makes for a pleasant, refreshing midday ceviche that's roughly chopped and tossed with ginger, coconut milk, and shreds of green mango. Yet Hutson is also dabbling in a different array of flavors. Lentil curry is accompanied by house-made pita, and octopus curry with an intoxicating pilau, a rice dish similar to pilaf, takes on a special richness thanks to chunks of roasted cashews. It's no wonder she has made it more than 20 years in the brutal restaurant business.

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