The kosher kitchen: Aventura
From juicy steaks to bistro fare, Aventura's got your kosher fixins -- all in one shopping strip.
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
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