Cultures collide in the most delicious way possible at Capri Sushi and Italian. From house specialty sushi rolls to rich risottos, pizzas, and pastas, the chefs prove their grasp of both Italian and Japanese cuisine. Other original mash-ups include the Capri Asian pasta, which is tossed in a sweet and spicy soy sauce with seared ahi tuna, and the orange pecan french toast. All of the cuisine is kosher.
Nestled inside the Red South Beach Hotel, Barok draws sun-kissed tourists and non-vacationers alike into a pristine dining room for fresh seafood and elegant Italian cuisine. Chefs grill filet mignon, sauté plump bay scallops for their specialty seafood risotto, and crown juicy burgers with slices of brie. Above the dining room, bold crimson chandeliers stand out against the stark white floor, tablecloths, blinds, and chairs. Outside, patrons can lounge around patio tables alongside a shimmering poo to sip cocktails and hold up makeshift placards rating dives on a scale from 1 to 10.
Executive chef Horacio Rivadero coats taste buds with locally grown and sustainable ingredients when available, pillaging nearby markets for fresh foodstuffs to fill his carefully arranged menu. Lilliputian plates include the grilled lamb chops with a succulent sheath of romesco sauce ($12) and the serrano-ham-wrapped scallops that nimbly balance atop their herb crostini amidst a foie-gras sherry sauce ($12). Bunyanesque appetites indulge in The Dining Room's main courses, which include the pan-roasted organic chicken with fingerling potatoes and morel mushrooms ($21) and the filet mignon churrasco, which unsuccessfully attempts to hide itself amongst the heirloom tomatoes, blue cheese salad, and malbec chimichurri that also adorn the plate ($28). Culinary codas such as the baked Patagonia massage clamoring sweet teeth into contented silence with a sure-handed pistachio cake that enlists the aid of a dulce de leche ice cream, an italian meringue, and a passion-fruit berry sauce ($9).
Inside the National Hotel lies a unique reminder of the building's history: Tamara Bistro. The restaurant hearkens back to the culture of the late 1930s, when the hotel was built, with an elegant art deco interior. The centerpiece, though, is a vibrant mosaic ceiling, done in the style of period artist?and restaurant namesake?Tamara de Lempicka. While the atmosphere is distinctly American, the bistro's food evokes the rustic cuisine of the French countryside. Modern interpretations of classic bistro salads, fish, shellfish, and steaks flow from the kitchen in a cloud of aromas. Wide windows provide views of the hotel's infinity pool, and an outdoor patio allows for dining under the sun, stars, or bi-annual migration of North American banner planes.
Puntino dal Toro is pure Mediterranean—not only does executive chef Fiorenzo Trunzo infuse each dish with Italian flair, but its bistro-style setting creates a European atmosphere that perfectly pairs with the menu. The menu features several tapas—small plates meant to be shared among each person in your party—ranging from goat-cheese eggplant to bacon-wrapped scallops. Standout main entrees include filet mignon, grilled swordfish, smoked salmon-topped pizza, and homemade fettuccine pomodoro.
Aspiring to delight each of the five senses, Doré colorful atmosphere serves as both a hip lounge and dining destination for contemporary cuisine with an international flare. Beneath glittering chandeliers and glowing lights, diners sip on wine while browsing a menu of small plates of lobster crab cakes and entrees of aromatic, tandoori-spiced duck breast or six-hour braised lamb shank. Each night, live DJs weave a soundtrack that blankets the chic interior, providing a beat to chew each bite of tuna carpaccio to.