Restaurants give flatware a purpose in life, which, in turn, prevents the star-crossed dish and spoon from unwisely eloping. Do kitchenware a favor with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale American bistro fare at The Dining Room in Miami Beach. The Dining Room is closed on Mondays.
Executive chef Horacio Rivadero coats taste buds with locally grown and sustainable ingredients when available, pillaging nearby markets for fresh foodstuffs to fill his carefully arranged menu. Lilliputian plates include the grilled lamb chops with a succulent sheath of romesco sauce ($12) and the serrano-ham-wrapped scallops that nimbly balance atop their herb crostini amidst a foie-gras sherry sauce ($12). Bunyanesque appetites indulge in The Dining Room's main courses, which include the pan-roasted organic chicken with fingerling potatoes and morel mushrooms ($21) and the filet mignon churrasco, which unsuccessfully attempts to hide itself amongst the heirloom tomatoes, blue cheese salad, and malbec chimichurri that also adorn the plate ($28). Culinary codas such as the baked Patagonia massage clamoring sweet teeth into contented silence with a sure-handed pistachio cake that enlists the aid of a dulce de leche ice cream, an italian meringue, and a passion-fruit berry sauce ($9).
Not willing to let the gustatory senses revel in their experience alone, The Dining Room complements the autumnal hues and wall-sized mirror of its restaurant with accents of dark wood and family photographs taken on Space Mountain. The intimate lighting benefits from the constellations of candlelight as well as from the elegant chandelier, and the covered outdoor seating tempts diners with fresh air and an unprecedented view of the outside of the restaurant.
413 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139