The who: The Sagamore Hotel is under new managements and recently revamped its in-house restaurant, now called Canvas. Chef Julia Ning (Station 5 and Khong River House) heads up the kitchen.
The space: The lobby dining room still exhibits its gleaming white-on-white design scheme, which is punctuated by colorful and striking modern art pieces (that are also for sale). An outdoor patio offers pleasant garden seating on cooler nights with a view to the pool and ocean.
Pro tip: While typical Miami Spice menus offer three-courses for the set price of $39, Canvas is serving a four course dinner with choices like fried Thai fish tacos, with Sriracha-mango sauce, and shrimp-avocado sliders topped with grilled pineapples and jalapeno peppers.
The dishes: Contemporary American. Portions are generous and prices are not as high as other South Beach hotel eateries with appetizers ranging $8-$12 and mains $22.
Start off with Ahi tuna crudo in basil-lemon vinaigrette, spinach florentine empanadas and then move on to heartier dishes like braised short rib mac and cheese, and brick-oven pizzas topped with wild mushrooms and fontina cheese and drizzled with truffle oil. Mains include a grilled 8 ource wagyu steak, with waffle fries, and seared salmon over arepa corn pockets filled with sun-dried tomato-pesto.
Desserts include a molten brownie sundae, with mini marshmallows and Amoretti cherries, and a creamy nonna-style Tiramisu.
Bottom line: A reasonable South Beach restaurant where you can dine amid striking art and architecture.