Varanda’s menu deposits delicious Brazilian cuisine in hungry stomachs, ensuring they're happily filled with ingredients from South America. Guests such as Lady Gaga and Ricky Martin have dined at Varanda’s, and the eatery can also satisfy inner celebrities with starters such as asinha de frango (chicken wings, $7.95) or pastel de queijo, a popular cheese-filled pastry ($1.95). Meat eaters can enjoy the muqueca de peixe—a fish fillet simmered in coconut sauce and spices and served with beans and rice ($13.95)—plunge their teeth into a picanha steak ($13.95), or sample linguica, a Brazilian-style sausage served with beans, rice, and a side ($12.95).
Shula’s Steak House romances diners with opulent white linens, cherry-wood walls, and football-themed décor, replete with photos of famous athletes in gold-plated frames. The restaurant’s appetizers, salads, and sides feature 3- to 4-pound Maine lobsters, jumbo lump crab cakes, and vegetables, satisfying those eaters who stray from meatier fare. All steaks served by Shula’s must meet eight meticulously defined criteria—marbling, maturity, consistency, leanness, flavor, appearance, and tenderness—before advancing to the next round of a steak-selection reality show. Legendary NFL coach Don Shula’s name marks restaurants across the country, signifying the utmost dedication to quality beef.
Holding true to their Middle Eastern culinary roots, the chefs at Le Pine Restaurant make all their pita bread in-house—evident from the char marks on the wall above the oven, but not above the radiator. Using this bread, the chefs assemble traditional sandwiches such as chickpea falafel and spicy chicken shawarma, which they serve alongside marinated fish, seasoned lamb kabobs, and traditional side dishes such as fatteh and moudamas. The restaurant's faithful take on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine has been featured in publications such as Miami New Times. And yet Le Pine's menus aren't entirely limited to that part of the world: complementing the dishes are a range of international red and white wines from Chile, France, and California.
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.
The menu at Asa2 Steak and Seafood celebrates Miami's Latin ties, transporting patrons' palates to South America with dishes such as Argentinian-style vacio steaks, Cuban sirloins, and a Brazilian favorite, picanha, or untrimmed tri-tip steak. These savory cuts join seafood entrees ranging from pan-seared Chilean sea bass to whole snapper, all freshly reined in from the Southern Hemisphere's ocean in the sky. Asa2’s cooks incorporate ingredients from local farms whenever possible, pairing each feast with traditional Latin American sides such as fried yucca and sweet plantains.
Northern Italy brought surfside
Drawing inspiration from the bistros and trattorias of Milan, Venice, and Trento, Pescecane Ristorante's chefs fill each of their dishes with the vibrant flavors of Italy's northern regions. Imported Italian ingredients blend with housemade sauces and pastas in dishes such as rigatoni with premium italian sausage or the ossobucco's slow-braised veal shank and risotto. Diners feast in a European-style dining room that exudes a classical elegance while still embracing its rustic roots.
Homemade or Imported?
Made by the chefs:
Imported from Italy:
The Bar's Old-World Secret
It's clear at first glance that the rustic bar is made from reclaimed wood. But what kind of reclaimed wood? Get closer, and the faded logos of Italian vineyards become visible on each plank. Every wood scrap on the bar was originally part of a crate used to transport wines from the vineyards of Italy to the shores of the United States. This set piece adds a distinctive bit of flair amid the room's more traditional details, such as the crystal chandeliers and the elegantly framed mirrors.