In August and September, Spice is Nice with Miami Spice!

Dishes from Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink’s Miami Spice Lunch Menu

The end of July means Miami gears up for the best time of the year to be a restaurant guest – Miami Spice!  This year, from August 1st to September 30th, Chef Michael Schwartz and company serve up four times the fun: Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Amara at Paraiso, Tigertail + Mary, and Traymore by Michael Schwartz at the Como Metropolitan Miami Beach, making this the biggest Genuine Spice participation to date!  From ever-changing new menu items, to cocktails and wine, 3-course prix fixe menus will roll out at each restaurant for lunch and dinner, as well as our favorite bonus: supplements from our regular menus offered at special prices exclusively for Spice diners.  Keep reading to learn about some highlights from each menu!

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (Miami Design District) and Executive Chef Dillion Wolff kick off lunch with Appetizers like Wild Boar Sugo Toast with whipped ricotta and basil on grilled sourdough bread. Entrées include dishes such as Open Blue Cobia Tacos with avocado crema, cabbage slaw, and crispy hominy on a flour tortilla. Dinner starts with Appetizers like Smoked Fish Dip with housemade pickles and fried saltines, and follows with Entrées such as Grilled Lamb Leg with yogurt marinated tabouleh, herbs, and jus. For both lunch and dinner, complement your meal with our Supplements– dishes from our regular menu such as a Truffle Pizza with porcini fondu, roasted wild mushrooms, fontina, taleggio, and thyme. Finish off with Desserts like a Mango Tarte Tatin with rosemary-honey ice cream. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.

Lunch is Monday-Thursday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Monday-Thursday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 

Smoked Fish Dip

A short drive away, Amara at Paraiso (Downtown Miami/Brickell Area) and Executive Chef Michael Paley maintain the fresh approach to bold Latin American flavors with their Miami Spice menu. For lunch, start with an Appetizer of Rock Shrimp Ceviche with avocado, lime, tajin, and totopos; next, pick from our three Entrées including a Quinoa Salad with sweet plantains, toasted cashews, baby heirloom tomato pork belly, and aji panca crema. Joining us for dinner? Have an Appetizer of Heirloom Bean Spread with sesame, sugar snap peas, and serrano chile corn flour cracker and choose an Entrée of Grilled Local Fish with crispy chimi potatoes, salsa verde, and grilled lemon. For both lunch and dinner, finish your meal with a Chocolate Flan with dulce de leche, cashews, and cocoa nibs. Or, choose our Arroz con Leche with Panela, buñuelo, and mango. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.

Lunch is Monday-Friday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Sunday-Thursday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 

Arroz con Leche

As bohemian neighborhood restaurant Tigertail and Mary (Coconut Grove) celebrates its first Miami Spice, Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich’s menu stays true to the restaurants local and vegetable-focused menu. For lunch, choose an Appetizer of Roasted Okra with crispy leeks and tomatillo and an Entrée such as the Garganelli pasta with broccoli pesto and peperoncino. Dinner starts with Appetizers like the Coddled Egg with lobster and mushrooms. Choose an Entrée such as the Charred Hangar Steak with escarole, crispy shallots, and Calabrian chimichurri. For both lunch and dinner, complement your meal with our Supplements– dishes from our regular menu such as a Steak Tartare with smoked egg aioli, potato chips, and chives, or the fan-favorite Rock Shrimp Pizza with manchego cheese, chorizo, and escarole. Finish off with Desserts like a Chocolate Brownie Bomb with milk chocolate mousse and roasted banana gelato. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.

Lunch is Monday-Friday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Sunday-Thursday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Last but certainly not least, Traymore by Michael Schwartz at Como Metropolitan Miami Beach (Mid-Beach) has Miami Spice Menus that reflect its Pan-Asian flavors and use of seasonal ingredients. Lunch kicks off with Appetizers including Crispy Duck Wings with a black pepper-soy glaze, carrots, and celery. Choose an Entrée such as the Steamed Main Blue Mussels with coconut, ginger, green sambal, purple basil, and black rice. Come time for dinner, our Appetizers feature dishes such as a Pork Belly Steamed Bun with togarashi aioli, cucumber, and pickled onions and our Entrées include choices like Wok Charred Bavette with chili fried brocolini, black rice, and miso butter. For both lunch and dinner, finish your meal with a Curry Banana Bread with chocolate crumbs, rum sauce, and house-made vanilla ice cream. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.

Lunch is Monday-Sunday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Monday-Sunday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 

For more information about Miami Spice, visit the official page here and be sure to follow our unique hashtag #genuinemiamispice to discover these dishes and more on Instagram! Our menus will change regularly to make sure you can try something new with each visit. We will see you soon!

Bowled Over By Inspiration? For Chef Bradley Herron, It’s Right Under Your Nose.

Tuna Bowl, constructed.

Ever made a “garbage salad”?  The Genuine Hospitality Group’s Culinary Director Bradley Herron has.  Head scratch?  It’s not what you’re thinking.  Or maybe it is?

Perhaps you’ve had this moment, too, standing in front of a refrigerator looking for something good to eat and the landscape is bleak — a few lonely remains, a couple of scallions here and a half a lemon there, the bundle of parsley looking more like a bushel, and mismatched jars with innards haggard like the end of the DMV line.  It’s the look of resignation.  But this is not what everyone sees in what’s left on shelves or hidden in the pantry. If you’re Brad, you just need a stainless mixing bowl and boom! You are the envy of the office with special requests for lunch.

“Cleaning house.  It’s how we like to do things here over the course of a week, and it’s how the tuna bowl happened.” Brad explains to me on the line at Michael’s Genuine last Friday. “I saw this bag of wild rice sitting around waiting to die and thought about what we could make with it.  It starts with what you have, not always what you can order, and goes from there.  We can supplement with a few special things and make something really delicious. Cooking creatively is usually always about cooking smart.”

Vegetarian’s delight — Grain Bowl with sprouts, calabaza, radish, avocado, sambal

Lunch’s Tuna Bowl, and its Grain Bowl counterpart at dinner, snuck up on the menu over the past couple of weeks and have been a big hit at the office and in the dining room.  On Friday, fresh yellowfin came very finely chopped with seasonings including sambal, an Indonesian chile sauce we love for its intensity of flavor (mostly due to fish sauce).  The bowl is then constructed with a foundation of mixed grains including wild rice, red quinoa and farro onto which sliced cucumbers and radishes, nice looking hydroponic arugula, shaved white onions, bean sprouts and alfalfa, butter lettuce and a hulking half scoop of cubed avocado are packed. A favorite Vietnamese dressing, also fish sauce based, nuoc cham, is drizzled liberally.  Last week, the Tuna Bowl popped on Instagram with tail feathers of green and purple on display in baby fire sorrel.

“Yea, and it’ll have different things next week, too,” Brad continues.  “It’s a different way of looking at the recipe development process — maybe even backwards from the perspective of someone who is used to looking up recipes in a book and shopping for ingredients to conceive a menu.  But it makes for an efficient and creative kitchen, and there’s no reason why cross utilization shouldn’t apply to the home cook looking to eliminate waste and maximize flavor. Lots of cost savings, too.”

Teach a man to load the ingredient wall — left to right — from ripe, to ripening. This process brings back of house and front of house together to make the dining room stand for something (beautiful) and function properly for cooks in need of ingredients as the tickets come in.

What initially piqued my interested in Brad’s bowls was the idea of what makes for a good one. There is a formula, and it’s not how your corner “poke” shop does it DIY, a recipe for over doing it. Simplicity and restraint, sure, but really it’s about one thing — balance. At Michael’s Genuine it produces successful menus from the practicality and practice of cross utilization and is the essential notion all of our Genuine kitchens are built on. This is why the bowl canvas is so apt.  For our cooks, this idea informs the roadmap for every single dish.  It’s about the interplay of texture, color, flavor and temperature to create contrast and, if not thoughtfully considered, is what can make or break even a technically perfect one.

Look for more bowl variations to come, as well as what’s new for Miami Spice beginning August 1, posted daily @michaelsgenuine and where we now have a video of the tuna bowl assembly.

Bowls on fire at MGFD. What combo is up next?

An All American Summer at Michael’s Genuine® Begins with Burgers & Brats for Fourth of July Week & Miami Spice

Lychees arrived and mangos are beginning to hit now, but the true sign of summer is when monster calabaza of all shapes, sizes and coats of paint roll in, a jaunty color guard roll for Michael’s Genuine ingredient wall.  Well, they’re here, and so are two opportunities to take advantage of the season at our flagship: Fourth of July Week specials and Miami Spice.

Jaunty alright.

Burgers & Brats for Fourth of July Week — From Monday, July 2 to Sunday, July 8 for lunch and dinner only, Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza is bringing back his cheeseburger of 2017 National Burger Month fame and adding a dog companion.  The All American Double Cheeseburger includes 2, 4oz patties, American cheese, bacon, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and pickles on a Martin’s potato roll for $22.  In the dog department we have Bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard on a Martin’s potato bun for $16 with choice or fries or greens.  At dinner, it’s plated with grilled sourdough.  We fancy.

Miami Spice — From August 1 to September 30, enjoy weekly-changing 3-course prix fixe menus. MGFD will offer lunch for $23 Monday through Thursday and dinner for $39 Sunday through Thursday, including supplements from our regular menu at special prices for those who partake in this annual city-driven restaurant promotion. Highlights include Crispy Okra with pimento cheese, Steak Salad with kimchi, butter lettuce and peanuts, and Marinated Cherry Tartine with roasted shallot, fresh ricotta and thyme. For lunch, it’s really just about the return of the Falafel Wrap. Having gone down the Instagram rabbit hole to no avail, we take solace in beholding her soon once again for all the world to see and enjoy.

 

Summer Sizzles at Amara at Paraiso with New Happy Hour, Outdoor Bar & Miami Spice

Celebrate Miami’s most vibrant season with new ways to relax, enjoy and savor it on the waterfront all summer long at Amara.

Mezcal Colada puts the pineapple in the coconut and then some!

Happy Hour – Beginning Monday, July 2, the Amara bar and beach get even more welcoming with our first ever Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30pm Monday through Friday. Enjoy the best restaurant view in Miami for a little bit longer with Assistant GM Maria Pottage’s 4 new $10 classic cocktails with a tropical twist, half price oysters and snacks from Chef Michael Paley, $4 Cusqueña premium Peruvian lager beer and half price wines by the glass. Stand outs include poppable, craveable specialty, the infamous Yuca Cheese Puffs, as well as new Albondigas meatballs, White Ayocote Bean Spread with green garbanzo, chimi spice, lemon crème fraîche, seeded cracker, and rotating select oysters.  View full menu here.

Bartender Angelo, shaking things up.

Waterfront Bar – Gather by Biscayne Bay to eat, or simply sip on something refreshing. The Amara Beach’s new satellite bar offers a place for guests to order drinks outside, Friday and Saturday from 6pm – 12am.  Enjoy on its beachfront chairs or plush lounge area couches without having to dine in or wait for a reservation. Notable beverages being served include a selection of wine, beer and cocktails including Calm before the Coconut, Tulum Spritz, Pisco Punch, Dreaming of Oaxaca and Monkey Business. Happy hour is available on Friday with its specific cocktails and beverage offering until 7:30pm.

Arroz Verde is a South American twist on the familiar Korean rice dish — a delectable comfort food full of flavor and fun to mix at the table.

Charred Carrot & Avocado salad with goat cheese, cilantro toasted pumpkin seeds, one of Chef Paley’s appetizers, is a tasty Spice route with which to lead.

Miami Spice – Participating for the first time this August 1 – September 30, Amara is taking Miami’s restaurant week seriously (delicious) with new menu items in a weekly-changing $39 three-course prix fixe dinner menu. Served Sunday through Thursday, Paley’s most notably new dish out of the gate is the show-stopping Arroz Verde, a South American take on the Bim Bim Bop, cilantro rice served sizzling in a stone bowl with toppings to mix up like wood-grilled hen of the woods, earthy mushrooms, cubes of cucumber, shaved carrots, avocado, shaved jalapeño, pickled red onion, shredded kale, cascabel chile paste and creamy egg yolk.  Click here for the beginning menu.

All menus are subject to (welcomed!) change. For more information on summer activities including Fourth of July celebration, please visit our website and to stay on top of changing menu items, follow Amara at Paraiso on Instagram.

Keeping the Miami Spice Season Real with Subject to Change Menus at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink

At Michael’s Genuine, the city’s annual Miami Spice restaurant promotion is about doing it right, or not doing it at all.  It’s what we’ve come to expect Michael to harp on each summer as it approaches, and we’re glad he does.  The reminder serves a few purposes.  For the kitchen, it’s a call to action for the chefs — they better understand why we participate and have seasoned guide rails to kick off the process in the right way. The opportunity forces the kitchen to work within a formula that encourages critical thinking on everything from cross utilization of product to how to incorporate seasonal ingredients that are available and abundant. The objective is to offer guests a great value, something they want to eat that isn’t just a prix fixe thrown together from what’s on the menu already, and a reason to come back to try something new with weekly changes. Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza and Pastry Chef MJ Garcia have heard the call loud and clear.

“It’s important we create a well-balanced offering, not phone it in,” Michael explains.  “We look closely at what makes the most sense to execute with the greatest benefit to our guests.  Sometimes having a structure like this can be a great tool for smart creativity.  If we do it right, Spice can be a platform to introduce new dishes to our regular menus.”

MGFD will offer Miami Spice Lunch ($23 – Monday-Thursday) and Dinner ($39 – Sunday through Thursday) including a choice of Appetizer, Entrée and Dessert from August 1 to September 30. In addition to the 3-courses included in Miami Spice, the restaurant will also run a selection of dishes from its regular menu as optional supplements at special prices. The Genuine Hospitality Group Beverage Manager and Sommelier Amanda Fraga will feature a cocktail for $10, with accessible wines highlighted from the wine list for convenience on the back of the Spice menu. Pricing is not inclusive of tax and gratuity, and menus will change regularly throughout the two months to fully embrace the program the genuine way.

Our initial menus are above, but when we go live Tuesday, August 1, they will be available and updated as weekly changes are made at michaelsgenuine.com.