Miami Spice Trifecta: Gotham Steak, Hakkasan, Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Categories: Miami Spice
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All photos by Laine Doss
Scarpetta's spaghetti is a Miami Spice highlight.
See also Miami Spice: Price Rise in 2012.

When August in Miami hits, sometimes we think the only living creatures that successfully make it through the summer are alligators and mosquitoes. And then we remember Miami Spice and we know we can survive.

Miami Spice starts August 1 and restaurants are gearing up for two months of non-stop service, when locals venture out into the steamy air in search of a meal deal.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach houses three Spice participants -- the classic American Gotham Steak, upscale Cantonese Hakkasan, and Italian Scarpetta. Short Order was invited to sample each restaurant's menu (which is subject to change).

All three restaurants, by the way, offer discounted valet parking of $12 while dining, so be sure to validate your ticket. To further entice diners to come out on weeknights, each venue will offer an additional course during the week.

Gotham Steak will offer a Miami Spice menu for dinner only, every day except Saturday. The three-course Spice menu is $39. This classic steak house is offering a lighter touch, with Asian-inspired dishes for Spice.

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Heirloom tomato salad from local Homestead tomatoes is served with watermelon, French feta, basil, and Nobel XO. Our salad also came with an amuse-bouche of king crab salad with cucumber and mango.
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Sea bass is pan seared and served over ginger fried rice with crispy shallots. Allow the quail egg yolk to mingle with the rice for added richness.

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Braised short rib of beef with a sweet and spicy Korean marinade, presented on a bed of potato puree.

Hakkasan will present a Miami Spice menu for dinner Sunday - Thursday ($39), but a better value is the lunch on Saturday and Sunday ($23).

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Dim Sum at Hakkasan: steamed chive prawn dumplings are paired with crispy dumplings.


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Crispy sea bass with wheat flakes and clay pot braised chicken and tofu.


Location Info

Scarpetta

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Hakkasan

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

FB Steakhouse

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General


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bberbs
bberbs

Hakkasan, excuse my language, is Hakkasucks when it comes to Miami Spice.  That menu is an insult to our culinary intelligence.  Bland and unimpressive.  Food was not freshly prepared; breading on appetizers tasted old; we were treated to six "sea bass McNuggets" for our main dish along with the bok choy that was basically tasteless.  Can you imagine that the desserts that could be the fireworks of the meal ended up to be just like the San Diego Fourth of July flop.  Sorry, but we say go to BLT Steak or Asia de Cuba where they respect Miami Spice and the diners.

Baseballx27
Baseballx27

First of all scarpetta is one of the top restaraunts in the US you just keep rambling on with nonsense and have no clue how much of an amazing Chef Scott Conant truly is !!! Have u even gone to culinary school ?

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

That spaghetti isn't bloated. It's thick and dense and cooked al dente.

Jim Camp
Jim Camp

Anyone that knows anything about spaghetti in restaurants knows that stuff isn't cooked fresh. I mean boil some spaghetti at home for the proper cooking time, look at it, then look at the picture above. Spaghetti doesn't bloat like what you see in that picture when it's cooked al dente and boiled fresh. That spaghetti was boiled and stored for day(s) in a walk in refrigerator and then reheated as it was flash boiled again to warm it. The picture of that nasty spaghetti indicates it wasn't even baked to shrink the spaghetti by evaporating the excess water in it. You'd think they would put it in a steel bowl and cover it with cheese to hide the fact that it's old & bloated spaghetti. The best part of that Italian meal is probably the garlic toast, unless they give you stale bread or a roll that's been soaked like a sponge in olive oil and garlic ? Then you better hope they give you a real meatball with it ?

Yak
Yak

That beehive was delicious as was the polenta. 

Jim Camp
Jim Camp

LOL, the spaghetti sauce on that behive spaghetti looks like Chef Boyardee spaghettios or spaghetti & meatballs ?

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

No culinary school for me, but even I can see that there isn't $ 24 woth of anything there. I will tell you that the last generation of my Mom's family is direct from Sardinia, Italy, so I've had my share of fresh, hand made pasta & sauces in my lifetime. I'm also referring to the meatballs and sausages that go with the pasta as well. That is going to the butcher, picking out the meat, getting the casings and spices to make the sausages. Anyway, Do you know how many you could feed on $ 24 of pasta ? I guess the sauce is close to that for a pot of it that would feed an army, but when pasta is $ 1.69/lb and can be had on sale for 1/2 price (2 for 1 at any grocery store) ? I recall the days when you could get a pound of pasta for anywhere between 25-50 cents a 1 lb box. Anyone that would walk into one of the top restaurants in the USA and order a plate of spaghetti really needs to re-examine why they went to one of the finest restaurants in the USA ? I suggest you look at the menu, you'll find there is organic chicken meal for $ 1 more, there are short beef ribs for $ 6 less. I liken ordering a plate of spaghetti at that place as the equivalent of going to Smith & Wollensky's and ordering a tough sirloin steak that is basically hamburger grade that someone didn't have the good sense to grind into a hamburger. If you are going to pay for valet, go to that restaurant, don't you think you owe it to yourself to eat a signature meal. I mean spaghetti is what you'd feed your kids on the cheap at home, it's the Italian mac & cheese. Like I posted, I better get chicken, seafood, beef, pork or some kind of meat for $ 24. I mean, a can or two of tuna even, how much would that cost ? And it would give the recipe some protein and flavor beyond spaghetti, tomato sauce, butter & cheese.

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