If you were sad when BLT Steak, the celeb-chef driven meatery that opened in The Betsy South Beach eight years ago, quietly shuttered in May, then it’s time to rejoice: Popovers and aged steaks have returned to South Beach.
The restaurant (whose initials stand for Bistro Laurent Tourondel) reopened recently in the refurbished Iberostar Berkeley Hotel, formerly the Berkeley Shore. Chef Carlos Torres (LT Steak & Seafood and 660 at the Anglers) runs the kitchen.
An airy space off the hotel lobby, the dining room is outfitted in terrazzo floors, neutral-tones and warm woods.
Be prepared to eat
Refined steakhouse classics with a Latin twist. Torres doesn’t stray too far from the BLT formula by keeping the usual meat/poultry/fish mains and a la carte sides. But the new menu does have some interesting new starters including a snapper crudo drizzled with ají amarillo, foie gras empanadas and uni toast, presented artfully on a wooden tray. Prices skew high with starters $15-$29 and mains $34-$61.
The bread service here is hard to resist: Those trademark warm popovers come sailing to your table as you settle in with the menu, along with a ramekin of chicken liver spread and pickled vegetables — a mini-meal before the meal.
Refreshing salads include the roasted beets and a classic lobster Cobb. The tuna tartare comes nestled in an ice bed and is seasoned with soy-lime dressing accompanied by potato waffle chips for crunch. Steaks comprise USDA Prime Certified Angus beef, including the 28-day, dry-aged New York strip, Kansas City bone-in strip and Porterhouse for two.
Sides of barbecue creamed corn and jalapeno mashed potatoes add to the gluttony.
Save room for desserts such as the peanut butter chocolate mousse with banana ice cream or the carrot cake with ginger ice cream.
Parking can be tough on that stretch of Collins, but luckily there’s a public lot one block away on 16th. Take advantage of it.
Die-hard BLT fans will be happy with this reincarnation of the South Beach steakhouse staple.