Dining Out on Christmas in Miami, Part One
Does your XMas plate usually look like this? It may be best to go out to dinner this year.
If you will be spending several days cooking for relatives, good for you (and best of luck on that), but for the rest of us slackers, here's an early round-up of which restaurants will be open, what you'll be eating and how much it will cost you:
Menu Highlights: squash soup with foie gras; pork tenderloin with bacon sweet potato hash and cranberry jam; confit
turkey thigh with braised carrots and rosemary walnut stuffing; braised
short ribs with horseradish potato puree ($95 per person).
Cecconi's at Soho House
Menu Highlights: raviolini del plin with parmesan fonduta and black truffles; roasted lamb shoulder with lentils, brussel sprouts and fingerling potatoes; grilled lobster tail with asparagus and celery root puree; dolce panettone with warm zabaione ($85 per person).
Menu Highlights: roasted chestnut soup with smoked Applewood bacon and candied ginger; Virginia honey glazed ham with truffled mashed potato, green bean gratin, sweet potato, pineapple-whiskey compote and corn bread bacon stuffing; bourbon pecan pie with eggnog anglaise and ginger ice cream ($55 per person).
Edge, Steak & Bar
Menu Highlights: winter pumpkin bisque; spiny lobster with spiced Chantilly and chervil; crispy pork belly with candied chestnut puree, Loxahatchee mint and cipollini; duck confit and foraged mushroom strudel with Valencia orange braised endive and truffle essence; stuffed breast of turkey, sweet potato brûlée, haricot verts, cranberry and chestnut puree; eggnog soufflé with cinnamon anglaise ($85 per person).
Menu Highlights: seared venison loin with pumpkin custard, huckleberries and roasted sunchokes; roast prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding; gingerbread tart with cranberry-apple and eggnog ice cream ($12 - $38).
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
capon salad with crispy pancetta, red cabbage and quail eggs;
prosciutto and veal tortellini in rich beef broth; champagne risotto
with scampi and Osetra caviar; a trio of traditional beef stew,
cotechino and veal meatloaf served with a pairing of Piemontese sauces
(à la carte pricing, $18 - $48).
Menu Highlights: braised short ribs with
vegetable and farro risotto;
diver sea scallops
with chestnuts, broccoli & chanterelle mushrooms;
21-day aged sirloin of beef with
fingerling potatoes, preserved truffles and creamed spinach; Amedei chocolate cake
with toasted almond gelato and salted caramel sauce ($75 per person).
seared foie gras with basil, spicy brazil nuts, toasted marshmallow and
a molten boniato croquette; wagyu and cashew stuffed Peruvian turkey
roulade with brown buttered gingered collards and sansho-rosemary glace;
and kurisumasu keki, a Japanese christmas cake with yamamomo berries (à
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