By Marni Marx
Kosher restaurants have come far in the last few years, making the jump from drab to fab, and tend to cluster in areas throughout Miami, usually areas with a large Jewish community. Thus, meet our newest series, The Kosher Kitchen, in which we’ll feature kosher dining spots in various areas around town.
First up: the Aventura Waterways Shoppes, an attractive open-air plaza festooned with palm trees located on the intracoastal waterway. With free or valet parking and frequent live entertainment, these eateries have situated themselves in a family friendly yet stylish location.
China Bistro (Meat – KM) is the kosher version of P.F. Chang’s. Decent portions of American Chinese and Japanese food — chicken with black bean sauce, special fried rice and a wide variety of sushi and sashimi — never disappoint. Try the kung pao chicken – it’s a house favorite and one of mine, too. An upscale atmosphere with seating inside as well as outside (surrounding a large water fountain) adds to the delightful ambiance and delicious treats. They don’t take reservations and, because China Bistro is a crowd favorite, the restaurant is often crowded during dinner. Get there early to beat the crowd or enjoy a leisurely lunch.
3565 NE 207th St, Aventura; 305-936-0755
Weber Café (Dairy-KM) is the kosher answer to a small French café – cozy and inviting with a small indoor seating area and some tables outside. If you are looking for a heavy meal, don’t come. A light and breezy menu is what you will find with fresh fish, quiche, and daily specials to spice things up. Enjoy a cup of coffee or one of Weber’s decadent desserts and people watch on a Sunday afternoon, or grab a few friends for a light supper.
Weber Café, 3565 NE 207th St, Aventura; 305-935-5580
Prime Steakhouse (Meat-KM) is a carnivore’s dream come true. Devour finely prepared and well-seasoned cuts, accompanied by a selection from the extensive wine selection. Steaks ranging from the classic Delmonico to the Hangar, or my usual order, the Center Cut, quench the craving for great meat in a low-key yet upscale atmosphere. If red meat isn’t your idea of a treat, other selections on the menu include sushi, fish and grilled chicken. Make sure to try the hummus platter for an appetizer. Scrumptious!
3599 NE 207th St, Aventura; 305-692-9392