Miami is spoiled in the seafood department. Ceviche has become so common in this city that we have come to expect gobs of it at every food event and that it make a cameo on every menu.
Ceviche is a rare combination of delicate and raw seafood in bold and zesty flavors that actually cook without heat. This is hot Miami — we don't need fire to turn flesh firm and opaque. On ceviche, the squeeze of a lime changes the chemistry of the fish and the heat of peppers to create a flavor punch that we simply can't get enough of. Because so many restaurants offer the dish, we're counting down our ten favorite ceviches in the city.
10. Embarcadero 41 Fusion
When Embarcadero 41 opened its first outpost in the United States
last summer, the VP of operations for the Peru-based restaurant chain said, "We chose Miami because of the huge Latin influence here and the fact that we didn't have to come in to
a new place and introduce the cuisine." It's true — downtown denizens welcomed Embarcadero 41's ceviche with open mouths. There's a tiger's milk shooter, a trio of ceviches ($25), and fish-specific ones like corvina
, but we like the Ceviche Embarcadero 41, which is similar to a mixto
, with black mussels crowned with stone crab claws.
SuViche is more than a restaurant. It's a great compromise when one person wants sushi and another desires ceviche. But once you lean
to the ceviche side at this Wynwood eatery, there are plenty of classic
takes with homemade ají amarillo
sauce, the Mexicano for a twist, and and the Chifa
, which is sweet with teriyaki and crisp wontons and shows the restaurant's playful side. We like the heat in SuViche's take on the rocoto ($11.95), with the famed rococo pepper the star.
8. Cholo's on the Beach
Cholo's in North Miami Beach has been a favorite among locals for a long time, and its sister restaurant in North Beach seems to give ceviche new life in its beachy
proximity. The ceviche clasico
($13.95) comes with leche de tigre
, and if you want to kick it up a heat notch, there's the Ceviche Cholo's, which, as the restaurant says, "brings out the red in our flag" — it'll make you sweat a little.
7. Pollo y Jarras
Winner, winner, ceviche dinner! The ceviche gandar pescado
($17.95 with seafood) is a must-try. This blend has the fresh lime juices with a roasted rocoto, ginger, and celery reduction. The flavors are bold and the seafood fresh. Grab a claw and a stick of corn and enjoy the ride.
6. Basil Park
Why let seafood eaters have all the fun? Basil Park in Sunny Isles Beach has made us rethink ceviche with its outstanding avocado ceviche ($9) with coconut milk, lime, ají amarillo
, sweet potato, and baby cilantro. It packs the same flavors you have grown to love, along with the thick creaminess of Florida avocados.