Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

17th May 2009

I’ve eaten at a lot of fabulous restaurants in the past ten years, but our dinner at Michael’s Genuine in Miami a few months ago was one for the record books (I started writing this is February – I’ve been terrible about posting!).

The restaurant is tucked in a breezeway amongst designer boutiques and furniture showrooms in the Design District, just about a ten minute drive from South Beach. We sat outside underneath the palm trees – it was very quiet – great dining atmosphere.

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To start we had the cheese of the week: Ribola Bosina from Langhe, Italy. It was delicious! For our second course we tried a wood roasted double yolk farm egg served in a ramekin with caved aged gruyere, roasted tomato, chives and topped with a sourdough crostini. I’m not an egg fan, but this was other-worldly. We also tried the panzenella salad – a personal favorite. They used a beautiful combination of purple, yellow and red tomatoes – it was almost too pretty to eat.

Finally, for dinner I had steak au poivre with a green peppercorn and brandy reduction and anson mills chees grits. It was absolutely amazing! My friend had the grilled harris ranch skirt steak with fennel-asapagus hash, black olive aioli and herb salad. She was equally as happy, although, I think she was slightly jealous of my steak au poivre!

It is always my goal to seek out a restaurant that uses local, sustainable ingredients when I travel. So far, I’ve loved every farm-to-table restaurant I’ve tried, but Michael’s is truly special. I’ve recommended it to all my friends visiting Miami this winter and everyone was impressed. If you don’t believe me, read the review from the New York Times last March.

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