Quality Meats Opens Friday: House-Made Charcuterie and Negronis on Tap

Quality Meats' charcuterie is made in-house.
Quality Meats' charcuterie is made in-house.
Photo by Laine Doss

The Miami outpost of New York City-based Quality Meats will open this Friday, February 27, at 1501 Collins Ave. in South Beach.

The decor is inspired by the original art deco design of the former Bancroft Hotel. Terrazzo flooring and the original reception desk -- now turned into a butcher counter -- have been incorporated into the new space, which seats 120 indoors and 70 on the patio.

The eatery/butcher shop, owned by Fourth Wall Restaurants, is led by executive chef/partner Craig Koketsu and Quality Meats Miami Beach executive chef Patrick Rebholz.

See also: Quality Meats' Craig Koketsu on Miami Beach Opening: "You Let The Locality Form What You Do"

Judging by the name Quality Meats, one would expect a fine experience for carnivores, but a recent tasting proved that chefs Koketsu and Rebholz can also handle local seafood and fruit with equal finesse.

Of course, meat lovers won't be disappointed by the selection of steaks and chops. One big standout is the above-mentioned butcher counter, where locals can select steaks and meats -- smoked, cured, or aged in-house -- to take away.

Bitters in the cube.
Bitters in the cube.
Photo by Laine Doss

A cocktail program by head barman Bryan Schneider runs the gamut from a light piña colada-esque martini -- the Piña Clara (perfect for an apres-beach refresher) -- to a sazerac made with a bitters-and-absinthe-infused ice cube so as not to dilute the cocktail.

Fizzy negronis from the tap.
Fizzy negronis from the tap.
Photo by Laine Doss

Schneider also has several cocktails on tap, including an aged negroni with a hint of fizz that makes a wonderful meal starter.

Bright ceviche at Quality Meats
Bright ceviche at Quality Meats
Photo by Laine Doss

Chef Koketsu says he wants to incorporate local flavors in the hog snapper ceviche with sunchokes and citrus ($16). The sunny dish is bright and balanced by creamy coconut and a bit of crunch from the sunchokes. It's a welcome bit of lightness in a steak house usually associated with heavy foods.

Charcuterie made in house.
Charcuterie made in house.
Photo by Laine Doss

Charcuterie is made in-house, and all feature unique takes on traditional cured meats. For instance, sausages are made with Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, and foie gras torchon is crusted in toasted barley that the chefs found at a beer supply store. Koketsu says the taste was sweet, with hints of strawberries, so he decided to pair the torchon with the fruit. Charcuterie and cheese plates range from $19 to $29.

Halibut with poached egg and black truffles.
Halibut with poached egg and black truffles.
Photo by Laine Doss

Halibut ($29) is served with a brioche-crusted egg and a liberal helping of black truffles. It's a rich, satisfying alternative for people opting for a seafood dish at the restaurant.

That's one big steak.
That's one big steak.
Photo by Laine Doss

Quality Meats works with family-owned and long-respected meat purveyors such as Pat LaFrieda, Gachot & Gachot, and Halperns', and steaks are finished in what the chefs refer to as "love" or, in layman's terms, plenty of butter and beef fat. A long-bone short rib ($39 per person) is well charred on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. Pair with sides like herb roasted baby potatoes ($10), Yorkshire creamed spinach ($12), or beet-glazed carrots ($11) and you've got yourself a good steak-house experience without the fussy pretentiousness.

Follow Laine Doss on Twitter @LaineDoss and Facebook.


Follow us on Facebook at Miami New Times Food & Drink.

Use Current Location

Related Location

miles
Quality Meats

1501 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-340-3333

qualitymeatsmiami.com


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >