The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is singing a sultry tune on Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m., when the oceanfront sands of Dune Burger Lounge become a hang-out for locals. They went Brazilian last night with a bash that included carnival-style drummers and some seriously sexy ladies in giant headdresses of feathers (very showgirl sassy) shaking it as the sun set. Leblon offered complimentary caipirinhas, putting everyone in a really, really good mood. The property is truly gorgeous, and South Beach looks oh so far away, plus, there's a long stretch of empty beach for a romantic walk after the lights go down (admittedly, we love that).
Executive sous chef Carlos Cordoba has added a few new Mediterranean inspired plates to the menu, and since he's from Spain the plates have been designed for sharing (but the offerings are a bit pricey, this is the Ritz, after all). Cocktails will set you back $15 - $17, although beers come in at a more reasonable $6 for domestics, and $7 for imports. A delicious mezza platter with hummus, taboule, and babaganoush ($15) came with plenty of pita on the side, but our tapas plate with Manchego and a generous mound of Serrano ham ($18), had only two small pieces of tomato slathered toast. The lamb burger ($23) with goat cheese and a minty sauce was our favorite menu newbie.
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