Basil Park boosts healthy food in Sunny Isles Beach

The who: Restaurateurs Tim Andriola and Rodrigo Martinez of Timo Restaurant (17624 Collins Ave.) have partnered with farmer Tamer Harpke to bring a healthful-eating approach they’re calling “intact cuisine” to Sunny Isles Beach. 

The space: A complete rebuild of the former Bissaleh Cafe in the same plaza as Timo’s gives Basil Park an open, airy feel punctuated by blond woods, a working kitchen and a long bar with comfy stools. 

The dishes: Don’t come expecting to eat rabbit food. Andriola makes good-for-you food come alive with flavor with clever touches like cashew-based “cream” and a housemade Sriracha (all the heat, none of the sugar and preservatives of the store-bought version) to complement dishes.

Breakfast items like poached eggs in avocado and quinoa pancakes with orange-strawberry compote are $8-$16, while an all-day menu features snacks, soups, salads, plancha- and rotisserie-cooked proteins from $5 to $36. Many of the fresh juices and smoothies ($4-$7) Basil Park whips up behind the bar are named for basil varieties, like the African Blue with coconut water, banana, coconut butter, almonds, blueberries and blackberries.

The bottom line: While vegetarians, vegans, celiac sufferers, raw-food fanatics and other health types will feel right at home here, omnivores won’t go hungry at Basil Park.