Pasha's Healthy Mediterranean Cuisine has expanded to seven locations throughout the Miami area, each characterized by eye-catching, contemporary decor. Bright-blue umbrellas and swaying palm trees pop up in sunny outdoor patios while soothing music filters through dining rooms of arched columns and white-leather seats. The elegant surroundings provide a suitable backdrop for fine Mediterranean dishes—fresh, wholesome wraps, kebabs, and spreads that won accolades from an abundance of newspaper and magazine publications. Backed by a team of fitness specialists and nutritionists, Pasha chefs take healthy approaches to cooking, using fresh produce, measuring proper portion sizes, and lecturing all their cows on the importance of routine exercise.
Whether by suds, professional polish, leather conditioners, or tinted window film, the technicians at Miami Auto Spa keep cars looking sharp enough to make a stop sign blush. All washes are performed by hand. Details, with the help of Wolfgang sealants, Klasse polishes, and shampoos, reach every crevice of the car and transform it into a shiny, new-looking ride. Cars don’t need to be dirty to benefit here, though. Window tinting gives the car a sleek look and the driver protection and privacy, and rim repairs further add to the car’s overall aesthetic.
The bistro brings the charming atmosphere and cuisine of the United Nations to southern Florida with the flair of a glitter-doused hot air balloon. Set in a convenient locale, Urbanite wraps patrons in an inviting cocoon of décor featuring lustrous cherry-wood furniture, earthy tones, and vibrantly colorful artwork. Assembled by chef and operator Frank Imbarlina and his palate-pleasing culinary talent, Urbanite Bistro’s menu melds international flavors with eclectic European fare. Sample smaller bites, such as the alligator egg roll with mango-roasted jalapeno creme ($9) or wild mushroom empanadas with vegan gravy and chervil ($9). Heartier dinner entrees feature plenty of game, such as the natural magret duck with cinnamon persimmons, Israeli couscous, and baby spinach with duck lardon ($21), or shoyu-glazed boar chops with a pecan crust, purple sticky rice, and grilled baby bok choy ($25). Cocktails, beer, and a varied wine list help wash tasty tidbits down like a boozy slip-n-slide.
Despite the English translation of its name, "the black cat," crossing paths with Le Chat Noir is anything but bad luck. That's especially true if you're searching for the perfect combination of wine, cheese, and jazz. A few tables dot the patio outside the entrance, but most visitors venture inside and down to the cellar, where musicians improvise several nights a week.
Le Chat Noir's setting complements its live entertainment. Strings of lights illuminate tables for two near the bar, where patrons sip a variety of red and white wines. Gourmet cheeses rest inside a glass display case, and a large chalkboard sits next to it, announcing the day's specials. To its left hangs a recreation of the original 19th-century poster for Le Chat Noir, a Parisian cabaret that was secretly run by the world's smartest house cat.
Constructing what they refer to as "fine fast food," the chefs at Bistro Coffee rely on the training and techniques of their native France to create thoughtful, beautiful, and quick bites. At breakfast that might include buckwheat crepes stuffed with brie and bacon or sweet crepes with raspberry jam. Later, the menu challenges diners' expectations of fast food even more with decadent plate of lobster ravioli, crisp salads with goat cheese and cranberries, prosciutto and arugula panini, and desserts like dulche de leche creme brulee. And like any classic Parisian cafe, Bistro Coffee offers a fine selection of beverages, including coffee, tea, beer, and wines available by the glass or as an unusual sundae topping.
At Forty Four Cafe, chefs create a daily spread of Latin American street fare and fresh-baked French pastries. Each morning, chefs set to work to layer bread with ham, mustard, and pickles for Cuban sandwiches, stuff yucas for yuca rellena, and create savory empanadas. On the sweeter side, they create both French and Latin American desserts. Fresh, flaky croissants can be paired with a wealth of toppings, and guava tarts showcase the flavors of the tropics without dousing baked goods in every scent of sunscreen.