Laughing children. Chattering dominos players. Whispering breezes passing through coconut trees. These were all common sounds at Cayo Esquivel, a pristine Cuban beach that grew from a secluded getaway into a well-known destination with a vibrant community. The two Cayo Esquivel locations in South Miami and Hialeah attempt to capture the spirit of this Caribbean destination by luring diners with flavorful homestyle Cuban cuisine—with a few extra creative touches.
It’s not a surprise that seafood dominates most of the menu. Grouper, salmon, snapper, shrimp, and tuna emerge from the kitchen seared or fried and garnished with simple olive oil or a more flavorful sauce, such as tomato-ginger relish or cumin-lime vinaigrette. From time to time, the chefs even incorporate Jamaican or Asian flavors into their Latin American soups, sandwiches, and entrees, taking cues from cozy beach-inspired cuisines across the world.