August and September are two great months to live in South Florida. Not because of the steam room effect of the blaring sun, but because of Miami Spice … when some great (and pricey) restaurants in Miami have some great deals! A three course lunch is $22, and a three course dinner is $35.
My first Miami Spice stop was Wish, the restaurant at The Hotel in South Beach. My friend and I went for dinner on Friday night. We were seated right away next to the fountain. It’s a great setting, but a little too warm. The fans they have only reach certain tables, and unfortunately ours wasn’t one of them. We opened up the menus and they glowed…literally! They have new menus which are lit from the inside, very cool.
We placed our order and got our drinks. I had the Flirtini, which was a little bit like a cosmo. All their martinis come with a fun “electric” ice cube.
The bread that was served was very good. It was crusty on the outside, soft and chewy in the middle. The spread was incredible. It was like a very heavily olived hummus.
Next came the first course, chilled Corn Soup. To be honest, when I saw this on the menu, I was not that excited. But as soon as it hit my lips I was in heaven! The soup was unbelievably creamy and flavorful. The corn and crab in the center tasted so fresh. I would LOVE to get the recipe for it. It is hands down the best corn soup I’ve ever had in my life.
My main course was the Snapper. It was served on a piece of fried eggplant. It was good, but nothing to write home about. There was no contrast in texture or color between the eggplant and the snapper. The snapper was cooked well, but it just seemed like something was missing. But my friend’s short rib was excellent.
The dessert was a Chocolate Pecan Brownie with caramelized bananas and ice cream. I loved how the bananas had a crispy coating. The ice cream was good…the brownie was decent. The brownie I got was overcooked on the edges, but the middle was moist. I just wish it had been taken out of the oven about 5 minutes earlier.
Here is my rating of the Miami Spice experience at Wish:
Corn Soup: 11/10 (it was that good!)
Snapper: 6/10 (Short Rib 9/10)
Next up: Miami Spice Lunch at La Marea at the Tides