Florida offers a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from. Below are a few that we wanted to tell you a little more about…
LUMA on Park
With sleek, modern décor and a warmly welcoming atmosphere, LUMA on Park is the perfect venue for sophisticated fine dining in casually elegant surroundings. With a prime location on Park Avenue in the city of Winter Park, LUMA serves up a mouth-watering selection of innovative dishes featuring fresh produce sourced from local farms and suppliers – think Madeira Beach red snapper with lobster cioppino broth, garbanzo and pole beans and cipollini agrodolce, followed by sweet corn panna cotta with key lime curd, graham streusel and cherries. You can also enjoy the extensive wine menu and a range of seasonal cocktails in the trendy lounge, with a view of the bustling street outside – or watch the chefs work their magic in the open kitchen.
Hillstone Restaurants are known across the United States for their varied menu of American favourites with an international twist. Enjoy freshly handcrafted sushi, USDA prime steaks, hearty sandwiches and tasty entrée salads among other delicious offerings at their Coral Gables location, or head to the Hillstone in Winter Park for everything from a Thai steak and noodle salad to a Gulf Coast fish sandwich, jumbo fried shrimp or rotisserie chicken. Hillstone also pride themselves on their exceptional customer service and sophisticated yet laid-back atmosphere, all delivered within an appealingly modern and welcoming restaurant setting – perfect whether you fancy a light lunch or a leisurely dinner.
For stylish fusion dining in vibrant and glamorous surroundings, Bâoli Miami is the place to be. With an enticingly eclectic menu inspired by Asian, French and Mediterranean cuisine, every meal at Bâoli is a sensory adventure. Feast on the likes of Thai bouillabaisse, Japanese truffle risotto or prime skirt steak served with wasabi chimichurri, or indulge in a selection of expertly crafted sushi rolls or delectable desserts. After hours, the lounge is the place to see and be seen in Miami, attracting a trendy crowd that often includes visiting celebs attracted by the world-class DJs (including the likes of David Guetta and AVICII), outdoor garden dancefloor and delicious cocktails – the perfect place to party the night away.
Buddha Sky Bar
An Asian-style bar and restaurant with an indulgently exclusive feel, the Buddha Sky Bar is one of the hottest places to dine in Delray Beach. Choose from a flavoursome menu of Asian fusion dishes, including the likes of kimchee-glazed Chilean sea bass and filet mignon with truffle wasabi and lobster mashed potato, as well as a tasty selection of dim sum and sushi – you can even watch the latter being prepared at the open sushi bar. Booking is strongly recommended for this ultra-stylish third-floor venue, whether you opt for a couch, booth, table or bar seat. For a special occasion, why not reserve the outdoor “Chef’s Table”, reached by strolling through the kitchen to a stunning terrace space with views over the city?
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
Set at the heart of Miami’s burgeoning arts scene, the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is built on a common appreciation of good food and great art. The restaurant is adorned with fantastic works by renowned street artists such as Kenny Scharf, Os Gemeos and Shepard Fairey, as well as colourful abstract paintings and sculptures that turn the space into a visual delight to complement the edible treats on offer. Chef Miguel Aguilar has crafted a delectable selection of Latin-influenced small plates that allow diners to exercise their own creativity in mixing and matching their ideal feast – think shrimp ceviche with pineapple coconut sauce, red onion, Fresno chili, basil and chili oil; adobo-rubbed pork belly with lentil salad and sweet potato; or fingerling-chorizo hash with carmelised onions, celery and a quail egg. The entire scene is truly a work of art.
YOLO stands for “you only live once” – and this upbeat and sophisticated Fort Lauderdale establishment makes sure you dine well during that time. YOLO Restaurant specialises in contemporary American cuisine, served up in a bright and spacious setting. Watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen, or enjoy the fresh air in the outdoor patio seating area – you can also browse the extensive wine menu or savour a stylish cocktail at the bar before deciding what to eat. The menu features hearty classics with a modern, eclectic twist – try the YOLO burger with gruyere and cheddar cheese, bacon jam and caramelised onion on a brioche bun, or opt for the coriander-seaweed crusted tuna served with shiitake-miso broth, baby bok choy, kimchi and noodles. From a quick and casual lunch, to a memorable meal for a special occasion, YOLO can cater to every taste.
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