Five new restaurants you should check out now

Lobster in green curry at Stubborn Seed.

So many new restaurants open in and around Miami on a daily basis. Keeping up with them is a full-time job.

And actually, that is my job. Every week I write the First Look column, which offers a glimpse at new places in our neighborhoods. Here are five new spots worth checking out. Happy eating!

Stubborn Seed

Hollow potato at Stubborn Seed.

“Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford’s new solo project is one of the most anticipated openings of the fall season, so be prepared to eat some of the most imaginative food in the city.

The tasting menu, which consists of eight courses and costs $85, offers a great overview. Dishes include a Hawaiian Kajiki fish served with a spicy buttermilk dressing, sea grapes and Asian pear, while a vegetarian-friendly warm celery root with comes with a “crackling” maitake mushroom and mustard froth. The smoked foie gras is presented dramatically with a glass dome cover, containing smoke and accompanied by Homestead boniato tortellini, marcona almonds and spiced quince.

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101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

101 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Coco Bambu

Crab stew at Coco Bambu.

The popular Coco Bambu, a Brazilian restaurant with 28 locations in its native country, just landed in South Beach. And this 450-seater — huge by Miami standards — is apparently the smallest location. The epic menu lists more than a hundred dishes, many of which feature shrimp and fish. Portions are generous and encourage sharing.

Main dishes are categorized according to protein with dozens of preparations for shrimp, fish, crab and lobster. Mixed seafood dishes can be ordered in the form of paella made with shrimp, calamari, fish and mussels or the Afro-Brazilian staple from Bahia, the Moqueca with peppers, coconut milk, cassava flour and palm oil.

There’s plenty of steak, chicken and vegetarian options as well, so don’t worry about bringing a variety of diners.

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955 Alton Road, Miami Beach

 

955 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Etaru

If you love Zuma, you’re going to love Etaru.

Rainer Becker, co-founder and creator of Zuma restaurants worldwide and Roka London, collaborated with Roka London Group Executive Chef Hamish Brown to create Etaru.

Sushi and sashimi lead the menu along with hot Japanese dishes and plenty of robata. Start off with Roka London’s signature yellowtail sashimi with yuzu truffle dressing or the tuna tartare made with oscietra caviar. Then move on to grilled seafood from the robata, such as charcoal-grilled scallop skewers, snapper, salmon teriyaki, black cod marinated in yuzu miso and grilled tiger prawns. There are also meat dishes from the grill, from spicy tobanjan-glazed baby back ribs to lamb cutlets with Korean spices.

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111 S. Surf Rd., Hallandale Beach

111 S. Surf Rd., Hallandale Beach

BLT Steak

If you were sad when celeb-driven BLT Steak  quietly shuttered in May after eight years at The Betsy South Beach, then it’s time to rejoice: Popovers and aged steaks have returned to South Beach.

The restaurant – the initials stand for Bistro Laurent Tourondel – reopened recently in the refurbished Iberostar Berkeley Hotel, formerly the Berkeley Shore.

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 feature some interesting new starters including a snapper crudo drizzled with ají amarillo, foie gras empanadas and uni toast, presented artfully on a wooden tray.

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610 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

610 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ofa

Burrata at Ofa Restaurant.

South Beach is having a bit of a Brazilian moment with this latest addition of a Sao Paulo-inspired spot that emphasizes seafood over traditional steakhouse staples. The name of the restaurant – opened by Brazilian hospitality and marketing pros Felipe Ortiz, Carmen Rodriguez and Lucas Scudeler – is a play on Farofa, the Brazilian side dish made of toasted yucca flour and spices.

Dinner starts with Brazilian cheese bread (Pão de Queijo) served with requeijão, a creamy Brazilian cheese spread. Then it’s on to small plates of Bolinho de Arroz com Molho Picante de Feijão, rice croquettes served with a spicy bean dip or the burrata dish which pairs locally-sourced burrata, cachaça-marinated linguiça (a Brazilian pork sausage), tomato confit, crispy arugula and bacon-infused olive oil.

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1929 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach

1929 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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