When Rouge opened in November 2011, the owner didn't hold back the spirit of sensory overload that defines his latest creation. As guests filed into the grand-opening bash, a white tiger prowled in its pen, a multicultural ensemble of percussionists set pulses racing, and aerialists and fire-dancers sashayed and spun, resembling licks of flame themselves in crimson outfits chosen to match the interior. Amid the circus atmosphere, Leslie Gray of the Palm Beach Post also found space to happily notice the "canneloni, Brie and other delights, including the view."
On any average evening, diners might not find feline predators stalking the entrance, but they may well take in burlesque shows, performance art, and jazz trios as they spear thoughtfully accented bites of fish, steak, and creamy desserts from around the world. Seafood offerings range from appetizers of smoked scallops and tuna tartar to entrees of seafood pot pie and Scottish salmon. The restaurant's designers cultivate elegance but not formality, resulting in the kind of aesthetic that leaves the ductwork exposed but covered in white paint and hung with rococo candelabras. Crystals wink from padded walls, echoing the glint of cocktails being shaken at the bar. Outdoors, a waterfront patio finds patrons feasting on romantic dinners, toasting during champagne brunches, and napping between the two.
La Barra introduces diners to the meaty, mouthwatering cuisine of Argentina with a spread of grilled fish, chorizo, skirt steaks, breaded chicken milanesa, and toasty golden-brown empanadas. Like the world’s longest tin can phone, the extensive bill of fare spans across the Americas. Guests chow down on hearty American burgers topped with bacon, eggs, and homemade mayo, savor Argentine chorizo and short ribs, and dive into Caribbean pineapple salads. Musicians arrive each Saturday to serenade dinner parties, while breakfasts of veggie omelettes and piping hot paninis help regulars start the day with a delicious meal and newfound energy.
Boasting fresh ingredients, flavorful dishes, and fast service, El Mega Chuzo cooks up Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine in a contemporary coastal atmosphere. As early as 9 a.m. at this Sunny Isles eatery, servers sidle swiftly past customers, wielding savory specialties such as huevos pericos arepa con queso (scrambled eggs and cheese corncakes, $5.95). While El Mega Chuzo's masterpiece is its empanada ($3 for two), the Colombian restaurant's epicurean oeuvre features a wide variety of traditional treats from the region, including Sobrebarriga al la Criolla (grilled flank steak, $14.50) served with salsa, rice, beans, and plaintains. Arepas (flat, round, corncakes, $6.50+) abound, accompanied by succulent selections such as cheese, salsa, and chicken, ensuring tasty ear-foods fill bellies and inspire delighted toe taps. With occasional wine tastings and live music promoted on their facebook page El Mega Chuzo, unlike staged readings of the phonebook, entertains until the early morning hours (1 a.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. on weekends).
The H Restaurant's casual ambiance and homey Mediterranean cuisine help to put diners at ease, prompting Miami.com to say in 2010, "The owners . . . make you feel as if you had just walked into their living room." Although the menu is mainly populated by rustic French classics—including steak au poivre, crusted racks of lamb with truffle oil, and seafood-laden bouillabaisse—it also features a selection of pizzas and Italian pasta dishes.
Oversize light bulbs dangle from the dining room's ceiling fans, lending a touch of whimsy to the décor. Framed mirrors line one of the plastered walls and potted plants add a verdant splash of color to the space. Outdoors, the covered patio seating invites diners to enjoy their meals al fresco while avoiding the moon's sad eyes begging for a bite.:m]]
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.