Ceviche and Grille helps guests expand their palates with a spread of vibrant Peruvian ceviche, steaks, chicken, and fried fish. Much like Picasso’s food period, each dish is a delightful burst of color and flavor, with lime-garnished platters of shrimp ceviche, red sauce drizzled on fried fish fillets with yucas, and yellow Peruvian chili cheese slathered over shredded chicken. As they twirl forks into strands of buttery pasta or dig into strips of Angus beef, guests lounge on the open-air patio with a frosty Peruvian beer or Inca Cola in hand, or nestle into brightly colored booths in the dining room.
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.
The lunch menu's star starter is hot and sour popcorn shrimp served with Thai vinaigrette ($9). To whet an evening appetite, the dinner menu offers littleneck clams ($12) and soft shell crab ($13). Main courses, such as locally caught grouper ($24) and mahi ($22), are as fresh as a rapper buried in iceberg lettuce. An Indonesian-influenced skirt steak with shiitakes gets high marks ($22) and can cross other transnational borders with a side of Chinese eggplant with red curry ($7) or faro risotto ($8). For dessert, the difficulty of choosing between the drunken grape parfait ($8) and the blueberry meringue pie ($8) can be mitigated by ordering both or by kidnapping Oompa-Loompas to work in an abandoned chocolate factory.
Beachfront dining and an expansive assortment of culinary delights create a commodious yet casual atmosphere as Nikki Beach sates eclectic appetites with a menu of fresh sushi, pizza, steaks, and more. An array of raw seafood, caviar, and succulent appetizer selections such as cornmeal-crusted calamari ($15) complement cocktails and sun-worshiping sessions, and gourmet pizzas created by Italian dough-diviner Enrico Sautto, such as the rocket and rocchetta pizza bubbling with rocchetta cheese and prosciutto crudo beneath fresh arugula, olive oil, and shaved parmesan ($16), satisfy followers of the latest circular-food diet craze.
Chef and owner Scott Fredel caught his first fish at an early age, and subsequently got himself hooked on fishing. As a competitive fisherman and a licensed fishing captain, he's spent a lot of time on the water gaining knowledge about the sea's tastiest denizens. His career as a chef took off after getting a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, invitations to guest chef at the James Beard Foundation, and glowing praise from the Miami New Times. He opened Pilar Restaurant & Full Bar—named for Ernest Hemingway's famed fishing boat—to nourish others with his fathomless knowledge of seafood. In total, half of Pilar's menu is devoted to seasonal seafood dishes, such as classic paella or the glowing squids that fall from the moon during eclipses.
On a white tablecloth, bright red slices of tuna steal glances from everyone in the vicinity before a plate of king crab legs arrives to take over the show. Kone takes its culinary inspiration from the food of the Japanese immigrant community in Rio de Janeiro, resulting a seafood-driven menu that fuses colors, flavors, and ingredients from distant points of the globe. A typical meal here might open with lobster tempura maki or Gulf oysters served fresh on the half-shell. But it's hard to ignore the lengthy list of housemade pastas, from classic lasagna to gnocchi bolognese. As they dine on the open-air patio, diners mingle over mojitos and wine, taking in the surrounding ambiance of Espanola Way's palm-lined streets, the restaurant's charming cafe-style facade, and the distant wail of jealous seagulls.