Inside Rouge, silent movies projected on the wall enhance the quietly romantic atmosphere as patrons dine on primarily French dishes, along with traditional Moroccan-style stews. Steak tartare or bouillabaisse—a fish soup popular in southern France—pair with french, spanish, or italian wines from the expansive wine list. The overall dining experience transcends Miami, as french, spanish, or middle eastern music plays in the background.
Of the more than 700 films submitted to the Miami Short Film Festival from across the world, only 74 make it to the big screen, chosen for their excellence in abbreviated movie-making. Selections on display at each of the fest’s five days of screening include narrative films, animation, music videos, and three-act family-vacation slideshows. This year’s choices include Juan Manuel Ortiz’s Domingo, whose stark filming style catches the eye as it explores environmental concerns, and Mark Nickelsburg’s Harry Grows Up, the tale of an 18-month-old child living on his own in New York City.
Jets of water leap upwards from the fountain in front of Agadir Moroccan Cuisine, creating an aquatic soundtrack to accompany walks to the front door. A pair of palm trees lines the entrance, where friendly hosts welcome diners and escort them to a table inside the vibrantly colored indoor dining area or out on the shaded patio. Skilled chefs bring the stainless-steel-laden kitchen to life, crafting sizzling glatt-kosher dishes full of flavors drawn from Moroccan, Israeli, and Middle Eastern cuisine. Guests may also pair evening meals or outdoor hookah sessions with an assortment of music—including acoustic, Latin, jazz, classical, and authentic Moroccan—performed by local artists or traveling jukeboxes.
Flavors from Israel, Morocco, and the greater Mediterranean region sparkle at Shalom Haifa Restaurant, named for a picturesque coastal city and brimming with an array of dishes. White tablecloths and broad windows ensconce diners in sophisticated comfort as they delight in fresh salads, meats fresh from the grill, and traditional entrees. Not a single meal is premade. Instead, tomatoes are diced when the Israeli salad is ordered, the baby lamp chops hit the grill only when a patron points to them on the menu, and the gefilte fish is catapulted across the world when requested. While many of the dishes are well-known Mediterranean specialties, a few unique extras, like its version of kibbeh soup, are unique to Shalom Haifa. All items are kosher, and a selection of Israeli, Californian, and French wines fill glasses.