Calm Before the Coconut
House made Chorizo sampler
The time has come to welcome our newest restaurant into the world. Amara at Paraiso opens Thursday, January 11 in Miami’s East Edgewater neighborhood. Located directly on Biscayne Bay in the Paraiso District—the latest master plan development by The Related Group—Amara at Paraiso brings together all the elements of the quintessential Miami waterfront dining experience from environment to cuisine to vibe. The bayside enclave has inspired Schwartz and the team led by Executive Chef Michael Paley to cultivate a menu influenced by the bold flavors of Latin America, coastal ingredients, and the diversity that underpins the city’s cultural identity. The restaurant opens with dinner service, with Sunday Brunch following shortly after. Make a reservation here.
“The dynamic energy, local ingredients, and natural beauty that define why we live and visit here are what Amara at Paraiso is all about. It couldn’t exist anywhere else,” says Schwartz. “This restaurant is in the unique position to bring it all together. It’s our love letter to Miami and why we are proud to call it home.”
Highlighting the open kitchen’s wood grill and Josper charcoal oven, the vibrant menu celebrates clean-eating food and cooking techniques centered around the flame. Dinner is divided into Snacks, Small, Medium, and Large plates, Vegetables/Sides, and “From the Wood Grill” dishes that are paired appropriately from amongst six complementary and signature Amara Mother Sauces.
Snacks include Grilled Flatbread with chimichurri, fried oregano and lemon; hand-formed Empanadas with Short Rib with olive, raisin and chimichurri, baked in a flakey lard crust; and Corn and Leek with roasted poblano, mozzarella and smoked paprika aioli, fried in a yuca crust. Dish highlights include Banana Leaf Wrapped Cobia with mashed yuca, pickled vegetables, coconut chutney, and grilled lime; Grilled Beef Short Rib with shaved cabbage, Marcona almonds, grilled peppers, and sour orange; and the Amara Feijoada, a beautifully composed spread built around a cazuela filled with layers of specially cooked-ingredients tied together on a bed of deep red, savory Domingo Rojo beans from heirloom purveyor Rancho Grande. Sides include Long Cooked Broad Beans with breadcrumbs and basil.
Maria’s NA bev and cocktail program is thoroughly astounding.
House made Chicha Morada, with purple corn, pineapple peel, clove and cinnamon. A real treat in the non-alcoholic beverage offerings — also a mixer for the Andean Mule.
Sommelier Amanda Fraga with her rosé, which happens to be ON-TAP (!)
The beverage program by Assistant General Manager Maria Pottage mirrors Amara at Paraiso’s menu, inspired by Latin American ingredients, artisanal producers of spirits and winemakers, and Miami’s lively melting pot. Cocktails are served on-tap, as single servings or punch bowls, bottled, and shaken or stirred. Calm Before The Coconut recalls a sense of tropical place with Diplomatico Planas rum, Velvet Falernum coconut crème, coconut water, pineapple, lime, salt, and nutmeg, served in a chilled coconut. Pisco Cafecito is bottled and combines Barsol Quebranta pisco, Don Ciccio Nocino, Luxardo Angioletto, cold brew and chocolate bitters. La Fresa is served in a coupe, with fresh, local strawberries infused in Plantation 3 Stars rum, ginger, lime and a strawberry garnish. Sommelier Amanda Fraga’s wine program highlights selections from North and South America, with iconic favorites from Europe to round out the list.
Inside, out. Outside, in.
Those easterly sunsets…
Mother sauces clockwise from 11: Smoked Paprika Aioli, Cascabel Chile Paste, Green Tomatillo Salsa, Fermented Chile Hot Sauce, Vinaigrette, Chimichurri (center)
Designed as a key part of the Related’s Paraiso District to complement the resort-style living for the soon-to-be residents of the Paraiso development, the restaurant occupies the ground floor of the free-standing Paraiso Beach Club and will soon be flanked by Paraiso Park and boat slips. Amara at Paraiso is ideally located just two blocks east of Biscayne Boulevard, offering the public unimpeded access to its entrance with street and valet parking.
Myrtille and Chef(s) tasting through the Pineapple Upside Down Cakes to perfect them for dessert.
Fresh ingredients from back of house to the bar. Here, Swank Specialty Produce (Loxahatchee Groves, FL) heirloom carrots.
Real baby carrots have bumps.
Alfajores with dulce de leche and toasted coconut flakes, for ice cream and sorbet.
Senior sous chef Max Makowski and exec chef Paley working on the whole fish set up.
The 4,500-square-foot, indoor-outdoor space designed by Meyer Davis Studio, with direct input from the Related and Schwartz teams, celebrates the tropical, bayside environment as an effortless design element to unify the natural beauty of the restaurant’s surroundings. The restaurant includes main dining room and bar seating for 150, with floor to ceiling windows offering dramatic Biscayne Bay views, as well as deck seating for 70 on the water. Its stunning location and versatile menu make Amara at Paraiso an ideal venue for private dining and events. The approach is warm and inviting, drawing the outside in with white washed paneling, natural woods, and graphic concrete tiles. Detailing is open, honest and relaxed with exposed trusses, and an open double-height steel stair.
Amara at Paraiso is located at 3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137. The restaurant will be open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 6:00 to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday 6:00pm to 12:00am, and Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm. For reservations visit amaraatparaiso.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-702-5528. Amara is available for private parties and events; for groups larger than 12 guests email email@example.com. For more information including menus, please visit amaraatparaiso.com and follow @amaraatparaiso on social media (where there are lots of Instagram Stories to catch up on!)