Hyde Beach, located in the rear of the ritzy SLS Hotel behind The Bazaar and Katsuya on South Beach, isn't your regular food spot. In fact, it's not really a food spot, at least not to those who come to jam out to the tunes of local talent like Pirate Stereo and Jose de las Casas on Sundays.
Hyde Beach, along with Hyde at the American Airlines Arena, is Los Angeles-based SBE's first attempt at developing the Hyde brand on the East Coast. Hyde Beach is the brand's first oceanfront and poolside endeavor.
It is a day club that stays open till about 9 p.m. during the week, and during weekends, hours extend until 2 a.m. Food, however, is only served till sundown out of "mobile kitchen art installation" from painter Picasso. Not Pablo, but Claudio Picasso, a Miami local who's brought a little bit of Wynwood to South Beach. The Hyde Beach menu offers food by Jose Andres, who is the culinary director for the entire SLS Hotel South Beach property and owner of The Bazaar. All in-room dining, breakfast and lunch served in the hotel is food by Jose Andres.
At Hyde Beach, you can have a taste of the chef's work without having to get a room or all spruced up for a nice dinner at Katsuya or The Bazaar. At Hyde Beach you can lay out by the pool, get a tan, and take in the Miami heat while sucking on Jose Andres' flavored paletas or cocktail push-pops. During the hot summer months, the hotel will have a cooler cart to serve up the frozen treats.
If you are hungry for more, Hyde Beach offers a menu that's concise and measures up to its setting. You can wine and dine on a beach chair in the sun, under the shade of some trees, or in a half-indoor bar area that's similar to a surf shop. Line with couches and a foosball table that's used for both playing and for eating.
Hotel guests can enjoy beach chairs and daybeds free of charge, but for anyone else who wants to partake in the Hyde Beach experience, there is a $100 minimum per person, which is $200 on weekends. Although if you're coming to Hyde for the day club experience with cocktails at $16 and the temperature at the Miami average, you may end up spending that much anyway.
Prices for food range from $5 for paletas (flavored ice cream) to $20 for a chicken ceaser salad. Whereas food service stops at sundown, cocktails keep it going till closing.
Tuna ceviche: Coconut dressing, avocado, mariquitas $16.
Media noche sliders "Cuba meets Paris": Croissant, pork belly, Serrano ham, Swiss cheese, pure-ground dijon mustard, pickles $18.
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Coconut sorbet in its shell $8.
Guava strawberry & blackberry ginger paletas and piña colada push pop $22 (3 pieces).
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