Equipped with in-depth product knowledge and bottles from all over the world, the consultants of PRP Wine International waltz into homes ready to answer nearly any question a novice oenophile may have. As they pour samples for small groups, they explain everything from the intricacies of flavor profiles and the correct pronunciation of “pinot noir” to the most dramatic way to throw a glass of red at a mortal enemy. After tastings, guests can select any of the wine varietals sampled, all of which are chosen by PRP consultants after thorough scrutiny.
The breadth of the Atlantic Ocean doesn't impact the reach of Alfredo Patino. As the chef and owner of Bin No. 18, the Miami-based chef draws inspiration from the casual cuisine of European bistros while using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and contemporary technique to lend a bit of New World flair to the ever-changing menus. French, Italian, and Latin American flavors appear throughout Chef Patino's cuisine, adding a global scope to the regionally rooted dishes.
Shareable platters of imported European cheeses and cured meats are served alongside Latin staples, including octopus salad, as well as classic Italian entrees made with homemade pastas. But recreating time-honored classics isn't the only thing that Chef Patino does. He also demonstrates a willingness to experiment by fusing New and Old World influences. This culinary whimsy is evident in the kitchen's modern interpretation of a Cuban sandwich—complete with slow-roasted pork, brie, and fig sauce—which earned a spot on Food & Wine magazine's list of the Best Sandwiches in the U.S.
And much like the European bistros that originally inspired Chef Patino, Bin No. 18 features an extensive wine list. Like his menu, the wine list takes a global approach by including bottles from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, and Austria, as well as Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Washington State, California, and Oregon. This variety of options ensures that numerous pairing options are available for diners looking to enjoy a glass with their meal or collection of small plates. CBS Miami was also impressed by the selection, placing Bin No. 18 on its 2011 list of the Best Wine Bars In South Florida.
The Old World inspiration shines through a bit more clearly in the restaurant's décor, which skews more toward a rustic, yet refined ambiance as opposed to a nouveau vibe. Wooden wine barrels sit beside tables with avocado-green chairs, occasionally doubling as small side tables. At the same time, the collection of crystal chandeliers dangling from the ceiling adds a bit of classical elegance to the space.
Devon Seafood and Steak House is a chic but casual neighborhood restaurant, offering a variety of surf and turf specialties inside a yawning almost 300-seat space. Guests are invited to take a seat at the honey-toned butcher-block tables or fall into saddle-brown leather banquettes, noshing on warm biscuits as a filling appetizer. Of course, the main stars inside this chic space are the entrées, particularly those of the ocean-going variety. Lobster rolls and a dominating lobster Cobb salad make for perfectly decadent options, while seared steaks appeal to landlocked eaters. With locations across the United States, this Sherri Lane outpost sets itself apart thanks to its extensive menus and kitchen creativity. Guests can dine in for upscaled dinners, weekend lunches, brunches or private parties, while a bar provides snacks and cocktails. Gluten-free and vegetarians can also eat well at Devon’s, and the staff is happy to accommodate nearly any desire.
Equipped with their own flat-screen TVs, eight private cabanas encircle the namesake pool at Above Mayfair Pool Lounge. Open for swims until sunset, the pool shares the 15,000-square-foot space with a cozy fire pit and a roster of top Miami guest DJs. It would be a lot to fit under one roof, which is why Above Mayfair is perched under the sky on top of of Mayfair Hotel & Spa.
After taking in stunning views of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay, turn your attention to Above Mayfair's artfully plated, upscale bar bites. Parsley, oregano, and sweet-and-sour sauce flavor tender chicken wings, while pizzas emerge from a wood-burning oven sporting toppings such as California figs and local mozzarella. Bartenders complement feasts with beer and wines, and mix spirits into creative cocktails, such as mojitos made with grape-flavored rum and spearmint leaves.
To the chefs at El Nuevo Tondero, every clean plate in their kitchen is a blank canvas waiting to be dressed in the bright colors and distinctive flavors of Peruvian cuisine. The culinary team specializes in fresh fish, ladling whole fillets with creamy hot pepper sauce, mixing lime juice into seven styles of ceviche, and even juicing these ceviche ingredients into a soupy beverage of lime and brine called leche de tigre. They spend just as much time perfecting presentation as flavor, as evidenced by artfully placed shrimp resting on nests of fettuccine and steamed seafood rice arranged into the shape of Whistler's mother.