Miami Spice Sneak Peek: Fontainebleau's Scarpetta, Hakkasan, & Gotham Steak

Scarpetta's superb Mediterranean branzino.
Scarpetta's superb Mediterranean branzino.
John Zur

Scarpetta, Hakkasan, and Gotham Steak at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach will participate in Miami Spice this August and September. As always, the dinner Spice menu will cost $35 per person.

Scarpetta's menu will include a creamy polenta ($16 regularly) with fricassee of truffled mushrooms. The spaghetti ($24 regularly) with a tomato & basil sauce has a kick that makes it difficult to become bored with the dish. The Mediterranean branzino ($30 regularly) with razor clams, rock shrimp & tomato has a crispy skin around the flaky filet.

The dishes in the photos are of tasting portions and not representative of the actual portion during Spice.

Scarpetta's creamy polenta.
Scarpetta's creamy polenta.
John Zur
Scarpetta's spaghetti.
Scarpetta's spaghetti.
John Zur

Hakkasan's menu features prawn with crispy wheat flake ($32 regularly); the actual portion contains eight to ten pieces. Be sure to request the chili sauce; otherwise the dish might be too dry. The hot and sour soup ($16 regularly) was listed as vegetarian on the tasting menu; however it is made with chicken stock. There is white pepper and vinegar for an added kic, which doesn't allow for tasting the other ingredients . The stewed beef tenderloin (regular menu price not available) is prepared with dried chili and Chinese spice.

Hakkasan's prawn with crispy wheat flake.
Hakkasan's prawn with crispy wheat flake.
John Zur
Hakkasan's hot & sour soup.
Hakkasan's hot & sour soup.
John Zur
Hakkasan's stewed beef tenderloin with dried chili and Chinese spice.
Hakkasan's stewed beef tenderloin with dried chili and Chinese spice.
John Zur

Gotham Steak's Spice Menu will include yellow fin tuna tartare ($21 regularly) with shiso, lime, and ginger. The creamy Florida rock shrimp risotto (regular menu price not available) includes roasted tomatoes, zucchini, and garlic lemon butter. It is an impressive dish with good balance. The braised beef short rib with grilled prime spinella of beef (regular menu price not available) is the top cap of prime rib grilled to perfection with a hint of char flavor. The dish includes Dutch marble potatoes, caramelized Vidalia onions, and Bordelaise sauce.

Gotham Steak's yellow fin tuna tartare.
Gotham Steak's yellow fin tuna tartare.
John Zur
Gotham Steak's creamy Florida rock shrimp risotto.
Gotham Steak's creamy Florida rock shrimp risotto.
John Zur
Gotham Steak's grilled prime spinella of beef.
Gotham Steak's grilled prime spinella of beef.
John Zur

When assessing value, Gotham's menu would most likely rank as the best deal for $35. While Hakkasan is an exceptional Chinese restaurant, the Spice menu has a lot to prove. All things considered, Scarpetta's courses improved and -- of the three menus -- has the most to be excited about.

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave.
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