The who: The owners of Parador La Huella, a beachside Uruguayan restaurant, have partnered with the hoteliers behind East Miami, which is part of Swire Properties’ Brickell City Center, to open the first North American outpost of their popular eatery, Quinto La Huella.
The space: A multi-room space that encompasses the fifth floor of the luxe hotel. Indoor options include a lounge outfitted in butcher block tables and leather chairs, a glass-enclosed private dining room and a bar overlooking the wood-fire ovens. Outdoors is a patio with views of Brickell’s skyline, circular banquettes and lots of greenery.
The dishes: Uruguayan-style grilled specialties. The menu here is paired down to the basics — a handful of starters and salads, grilled meats and seafood and a handful of sides. The kitchen features a unique cooking method with a parrilla and wood-fire ovens fueled with local red and white oak. Prices are in line with the posh surroundings: starters are $14-$21, steaks and seafood range $21 – $38.
Bread service here sets the tone for the rustic feast: a wooden board of focaccia bread with olive oil on the side. From there you could start with an order of fish tartar mixed with capers and, cured salmon with arugula, quinoa and chicken salad or a pizza from the wood-fire oven. Composed mains feature a milanesa breaded steak, ravioli stuffed with ricotta, and wood-oven langoustines. Grilled meats cooked on the parilla include a rib eye, rack of lamb and sweetbreads.
Dessert is a liquid-center dulce de leche cake.
Bottom line: The massively chic Latin American eatery debuts in Miami with copious amounts of grilled meats and cocktails.