A new season means a slew of new brunches around town, but we decided since it’s summer, why not make the most out of a leisurely weekend spread and go as decadent as possible? From oysters and caviar service to French Toast whipped up with everything from Nutella to black sugar syrup and in super sweet Spanish style with lime and local honey, here are a few of our new favorite spots to toast to the weekend in the most indulgent of ways.
1. Le Zoo
A few months ago, Stephen Starr’s Le Zoo debuted its French-inspired weekend brunch with a menu that starts with seafood (think everything from oysters to lobster and Alaskan king crab) and weaves its way through sweet and savory favorites. Begin the brunch festivities with a choice of red or white carafe du vin and then go as traditional or lavish as you’d like, opting for a rich, cheesy Gruyère omelet, mushroom tart with truffle pecorino, escargots with hazelnut butter, or petite filet mignon served with a creamy Bérnaise sauce.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-602-9663
2. Juvia Miami
Chef Sunny Oh is tacking on a brunch twist to the Saturday and Sunday lunch menus at Juvia (pictured at top) with a selection of breakfast-inspired dishes that still play on the rooftop eatery’s Asian and French-inspired cuisine. Swing by and sample one of the new items like the Alaskan king crab eggs benedict drizzled with yuzu Hollandaise sauce or the egg white frittata, a mélange of shiitake mushroom, spinach, tomato and onion served on a bed of mixed greens. If you’d rather your brunch take on a sugary note, pastry chef Gregory Gourreau has added a summer-inspired spin to the dessert menu with fennel lemon macarons, basil peach melba and raspberry tarts served with a side of coconut sorbet.
When: Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m., Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-763-8272
Now diners have double the days to choose from when it comes to brunch at The Bazaar with the launch of the new Saturday menu at SLS South Beach. Start with a lavish spread of buffet favorites from the Brunch Table ($55) that includes everything from pastries and yogurt parfaits to Spanish cheeses, cured meats and caviar service. Then it’s time for the main attraction—the elaborate entrées—with SLS specialties like egg white tortillas, olive oil mini pancakes, a NY strip with yucca fries, and Torrijas, or sweet-soaked Spanish French Toast. As if this weren’t already enough of a feast, finish off the meal with a sweet touch from the dessert table, all washed down with bottomless Cava mimosas ($10 per person).
When: Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-455-2999
Doral’s Japanese-themed Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market recently launched a Sunday brunch menu that adds Asian flair to classic Southern brunch fare. Think Japanese fried chicken and waffles with Okinawa sugar bourbon syrup and housemade pickles; veggie Oknomiyaki, or Japanese pancakes, with roasted corn, pickled jalapeño, red onion and garlic aioli; and Zak the Baker Brioche French Toast with peanut, sesame, roasted soy bean flour and Okinawa black sugar syrup.
When: Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305-222-7447
Don’t expect American-style brunch on Sundays here. Instead, the Italian eatery has debuted a day-long menu of dishes that include specialties like the frittata of the day; Polpettone Faglioni e Patate, a veggie-based meatloaf with eggs, Parmesan, string beans and potato; Focaccia col Formaggio, a flaky dish filled with Stracchino cheese; and the must-try of the menu—homemade Tiramisu. One thing that sticks with classic brunch tradition—both in the U.S. and Italy—is the Bellini, crafted here with Prosecco and peach purée and served with the signature housemade basil syrup.
When: Sundays from 11:30 a.m.
3252 NE Buena Vista Blvd., Suite 110, Miami; 786-220-6251
One of the many things Italians are masters of is perfecting breakfast sweets, and Spasso’s new brunch has worked the best of them into the menu. Napoli native Gaetano Ascione has crafted a list of à la carte goodies like the pancake tower with crème fraîche and strawberries, as well as Nutella on French Toast, in addition to savory Italian lunch classics like grilled prosciutto and mozzarella paninis with herb French fries and baked eggplant tortino with ricotta and cheese fonduta, or Italian fondue.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove; 305-441-0219
Just because it’s brunch doesn’t mean everything on the menu has to take on an oh-so-sweet spin. At the wellness-focused Metropolitan by COMO’s Traymore Restaurant and Bar, diners can decide between a list of sweet and savory fare that ranges from pan-roasted fish of the day and seafood cobb salad to more decadent dishes like flavored eclairs, Brioche French Toast and oysters with passion fruit mignonette. Of course you can still get a classic brunch cocktail like a mimosa—here served with orange bitters and Prosecco—but the list of libations also takes on a gin twist thanks to the mixologists at The Traymore Gin Bar, who’ve crafted a collection of cocktails that pair perfectly with breakfast. Our pick? The Met Breakfast Martini, a mix of Hayman’s Gin, Combier liqueur, orange marmalade and lemon.
When: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, 2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-3600