By Marla Horn Lazarus
“It’s American food the way we see it today. Roots-inspired dishes are shaped for big-city palates with the best ingredients, better technique and some neighborhood charm.”
As we stepped inside The Dutch at the W Hotel South Beach, we were warmly greeted and relaxed in a booth on the beautiful outdoor patio. At the reins of The Dutch is Chef Andrew Carmellini, a two-time James Beard Award winner from New York City that has a string of roaring hit restaurants including Locanda Verde, The Dutch NYC, Little Park, Bar Primi, Evening Bar, Lafayette, and the latest Leuca. If you grew up in South Florida you might even remember his Grandpa Carmellini if you were hanging out at Miami Beach’s Surf Club in the 40’s and 50’s.
Along with a delightful breeze, we began our gourmet adventure with warm cornbread and tomato focaccia. The wonderful Little Oyster Sandwiches with pickled okra and remoulade and the Little Lobster Rolls with yuzu, tobiko and pickles was a perfect start. Sheep’s Milk Ricotta on grilled bread with herbs and Country Fried Chicken Wings with buttermilk ranch slaw was delicious. You can’t go wrong with The Collins Platter loaded with dozen and a half oysters, little neck clams, peel n’ eat shrimp, yellowtail crudo, corvina ceviche, tuna tartare, lobster salad and salmon tartare. There is something for everyone.
Chilled fresh salads, large enough to share, featured the Autumn salad with roasted squash, concord grapes and speck as well as the Tomato salad with basil seeds, cucumber and feta. Classic Corvina Ceviche with sweet potato, corn, and radish was a party in our mouths as was the Yellowtail Crudo, served with spicy watermelon and jalapeño. Meatballs in red sauce with pecorino and Sicilian oregano are flavorful along with the Prime Steak Tartare, served with Cognac aioli, shitake and toasted rye.
Wonderful pasta dishes included the incredible Sweet Corn Mezzaluna with jalapeño and cherry tomatoes as well as the Spaghetti with Manila clams and Spanish chorizo. Simply wonderful! If you’re a seafood lover, the Scallops, served with adzuki beans, ham hocks and mustard greens are superb. The Red Snapper with warm farro salad, heirloom tomatoes and clams as well as the Faroe Salmon, served with miso ginger, hon shimeji and broccolini is sensational. Distinctive flavors shine through in the Jerk Chicken with chickpea curry and coconut rice along with the Berkshire Pork Chop Al Pastor, served with Anson Mills grits. If you’re craving red meat, then don’t miss the Hanger Steak, served with kimchi fried rice and an organic egg or the Bone In Prime NY Strip with dressed greens as well as the Bone In Prime Ribeye for two, served with spicy potatoes. They are all tender and cooked to perfection. Irresistible sides feature the fantastic Mexican Corn with cotija, lime and pimenton, amazing Patata Bravas, and Broccolini with Calabrian chilies and lemon.
For our perfectly sweet ending we indulged with some decadent delicacies of Bourbon Soufflé with vanilla ice cream, a P.B.&J Semifredo with candied peanuts and white concord grape sorbet and phenomenal chocolate Panna Cotta, served with espresso caramel, spiced pear and star anise. The luscious Coconut Cake with roasted pineapple and lime sherbet was outstanding. Fresh Pies are made daily and featured a Salted Lime Pie with passion fruit sauce and coconut sorbet, a Banana Cream Pie, served with chocolate sauce and caramelia sorbet as well as a Sweet Potato Pie with pomegranate and brown butter ice cream.
For a special treat, The Dutch is just perfect for any meal and every occasion anytime of the day. Located in the W Hotel South Beach and open daily for breakfast, lunch or dinner, reservations are recommended for a wonderful dining experience. Bon Appétit…
2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach