Culinary Highlights from Terry Zarikian

Week of October 3rd

In October, Miami Spice continues…

Without a doubt the most regal dining room in Miami is The Forge, and owner Shareef Malnik knows how to keep this culinary legend, founded by his father, thriving for almost 50 years! Miami Spice goers are in for a treat as the menu changes weekly, but if you see the Canadian Salmon, seared to the temperature of your liking over creamed spinach and a red wine sauce in the menu, order it!

The Forge

432 W. 41st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33140

I had not been back to 1111 Peruvian Bistro in almost a year and last week I was pleasantly impressed to find it as good or better than ever. The Ceviche Apaltado prepared with corvina and avocado in a creamy leche de tigre and the Fried Calamari are numero uno in my list of favorites. New, off the “Spice” menu are the caramelized Peruvian Scallops grilled in their shells and the most striking and flavorful Arroz Con Leche.

1111 Peruvian Bistro

1111 S.W. 1st Avenue, Suite 106
Downtown Miami, FL 33130

I can’t wrap my head around how Tanuki has such exceptionally good food. I dream about their deftly prepared Dim Sum selection and wish I lived closer by to savor them more often. Their Miami Spice offering is one of the most generous with guests invited to choose a snack, the chef’s sushi plate or two nigiris, a dim sum, an entrée and a dessert. My favorites dim sums offered: the Mushroom Dumpling and the Xiao Long Bao, beef & foie gras accented with black vinegar.


1080 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Hiro Leung watches over the Dragonfly brand with great passion and respect to his loyal followers. A lunch or dinner at the Doral’s Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market is a convivial experience as the staff enjoys preparing and selling their food as much as the diner eating it. Miami Spice offerings I have loved include the wonderfully Fried Shishito Peppers with garlic ponzu vinaigrette and shaved bonito and the Wagyu Short Rib Curry served with white rice and miso soup.

Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

5241 N.W. 87th Avenue, Suite D101
Doral, FL 33178

Don’t let the “cantina” name fool you, by any means, this is not your typical street side watering hall. At Cantina La Veinte Chef Santiago Gomez continues at the helm of this ultra-deluxe restaurant that serves beautifully curated Mexican cuisine. A full flavored Arroz Verde con Camaron and the Huachinango Frito (whole red snapper) are splendid examples of Santiago’s heritage, and the Pannacota de Mango delivers a happy ending. For a more casual experience, visit Santiago’s Tacology at the Brickell City Centre.

Cantina la Veinte

495 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

One of the most hard working and passionate chefs in town is Cindy Hutson. Together with partner Delius Shirley they have successfully run their flagship, Ortanique on the Mile, for almost two decades. Now at ZEST Cuisine of the Sun, Cindy offers a stylish modern approach to her island cuisine. Spice continues with Tomato Kaffir Lime Bisque, with goat cheese foam, a slightly piquant Jerk Chicken Fricassee Pappardelle, and her popular Blue Mountain Coffee & Cocoa Crusted Faroe Island Salmon, wonderfully brushed with a chipotle agave glaze. The daily changing offerings is full of pleasant surprises.

ZEST Cuisine of the Sun by Chef Cindy Hutson

200 S. Biscayne Boulevard
Southeast Financial Center
Miami, FL 33131

Since Michael Beltran and Jason Odio opened Ariete, dining in Coconut Grove changed for the better. Their new Miami Spice offers some of their most delicious dishes, like the Wood Grilled Octopus served over abuela’s black beans and grated bottarga, their Chuleta Ahumada, tender, juicy, smoked pork chop with creamy tamale en cazuela, and Arroz con Calamar, black ink rice with sweet and delicious grilled prawns.


3540 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

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