Art Basel: Where to Find Beautiful Food in Miami
At 9 pm on a Friday, a restaurant kitchen is busier than it has been all week. The smell of sizzling butter and seared steaks lingers by the stove. Pans are tossed back and forth, making a scratching sound against the hot burners.
billwisserphoto.com Sautéed Florida pink shrimp with Key Lime yogurt and red radish at J&G Grill
Amidst the madness, a chef -- wearing an impeccable white coat -- bends over a stainless steel counter. Around her, there are piles of white plates, pending tickets, and a loud, stressed-out expeditor. She steadily lifts an edible flower with a silver tweezer and sets it on an ivory platter, then follows with sliced hamachi, hibiscus foam and, ultimately, spherified ponzu. The platter leaves the kitchen in the hands of a waiter prepared to explain the dish. It has all the intricacies of a modernized Giuseppe Arcimboldo painting. The food isn't rustic. It's beautiful, pristine and precise.
What follows is our list for Art Basel-goers, those who want to eat food as lovely as a million-dollar art collection. Tweezer-plated fare comes at a high price but, like a good painting, just consider it a smart investment.
Alex Broadwell Cuatro leches ice cream
Todd Erickson graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, worked at acclaimed eateries like Zuma, and opened up the hip gastro-lounge Haven in Miami Beach. The eatery is surrounded by LCD screens, blasting tunes by Amirn van Buuren, and fare with liquid nitrogen. Dishes include sub-zero ice cream made with special mix-ins. Or Swedish meatballs, cremini mushrooms and lingonberry gastrique. Prices aren't that high -- about $50 per person -- but let's wait and see what happens to ordering tendencies after three or four cocktails. Libations include ingredients like "blood orange" caviar and calamansi juice. Pretty, indeed.
661 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL