Created 15 years ago by gourmands from Peru and Costa Rica, El Gran Inka's only three US locations serve up a menu of fresh Peruvian cuisine featuring influences from Spain, Japan, and Italy. Since its inception, the restaurants have charmed diners across Central America and the United States with an impressive culinary and cultural celebration of Peru. The menu presents a contemporary twist on traditional cuisine, plating tangy ceviches, flavorful seafood stews, and tender cuts of sauce-draped meat on elegant plates. As guests sip cocktails made from exotic South American fruits and spirits or mingle over plates of succulent sea bass, the classy saxophone wails of jazz riffs and the ancient dead language of scat singing serenade audiences on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays.
Amid the mood lighting and luxuriant atmosphere of C Lounge & Cigar Bar, visitors enjoy premium liquors, fine cigars, and flavored hookahs late into the night. Eyes and ears stay focused on regular offerings such as Monday-night football, spy-movie night, and live jazz. On Saturdays, DJs set the air pulsing with tunes designed to fill the space's ample dance floor with bodies. Sumptuous leather couches and low-slung footstools crowd around ornately carved, darkly stained wooden tables, maintaining their shapely leather curves by holding in smoke stolen from unguarded hookahs. Blue and green lights hung far above the dancing action pierce the hazy darkness with spears of color. Out back, the bends of a boardwalk reveal spectacular views of Miami's sparkling skyline across the water.
Yes Pasta! owner Flaminia Morin migrated from Rome to Miami with her prized collection of family recipes in tow. Stateside, she teamed up with chef Paolo del Papa to continue her family’s culinary traditions with the aid of fresh local and imported Italian ingredients. Seven kinds of pasta team up with 15 sauces and add-ons that seduce palates with flavors of wild mushrooms, fresh-crushed chili, and tart green capers. The menu’s aura of authenticity extends to the dining room, where cerulean-blue and white hues recall the airy Italian trattorias and olive-oil-gorged rain clouds of Rome.
Since 1969, the cooks at Mario the Baker have followed the same tried-and-true recipes, resulting in pizza after fresh-baked pizza emerging from the oven with the same flavors as the restaurant's very first batch. Diners settle into red and black booths to split signature pizzas, including La Maflosa pizza with sliced eggplant and mozzarella. As part of an unrefusable offer, the Godfather pie comes topped with capicollo, ham, and salami and is served with a side of housemade italian dressing.
Giraffas Steaks and Burgers channels 30 years of history in Brazil to tackle American appetites and remix American classics. A diverse menu harbors a lineup of American favorites forged with an exotic twist and imbued with a sense of justice, such as a 5-ounce burger outfitted with gouda cheese and giramayo sauce ($7.90). Three choice sides, including black beans, quinoa, and haricots, offset meaty mouthfuls of picanha ($11.90), and the tri-tip steak of sliced maminha ($8.90) sidles up to teeth alongside Brazilian farofa—hunks of eggs, bacon, and onion atop peaks of toasted manioc flour. Dive fork-first into the leafy canopy of a salmon and greens salad ($14.90), which plays host to bruschetta and a balsamic dressing, or fuel future adults with a nutrition-packed option from the kids' section, including spaghetti and meatballs ($4.90).
Cuisine Type: Kosher Steakhouse with full sushi bar
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: The Filet Mignon
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: The menu is that of a French brasserie with 21 day wet-aged steaks, chops, and Asian specialties.
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The restaurant is only a short walking distance from the famous Bal Harbour Shul and Young Israel of Bal Harbour, which comes in handy if you want to organize a private event for one of the Shabbat meals. Kosh is also an excellent choice for any event catering, whether off-premise or a private party inside the restaurant.
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
The décor of Kosh is elegant contemporary with elements of art nouveau style: modern hanging lighting fixtures ... with more traditional chandeliers, mirrors and stylish photographs on the walls. Dark purple and grey color scheme with velvet chairs, soft purple light, and flowers on the tables. Alternatively, you can sit at one of our outdoor tables to dine in that evening breeze
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
The menu is that of a French brasserie with a selection of traditional and signature French bistro dishes, with the addition of tapas appetizers, Asian specialties, and full sushi bar.