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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Palmeiras Beach Club opening on Grove Isle

Grove Isle is welcoming a new restaurant called Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle, which is more than just a restaurant, it is also a boutique hotel and spa. Opening day is Wednesday, December 2. Palmeiras was conceptualized by hospitality gurus Sami Kohen and Jacques Wulffaert, who have partnered with Grove Isle's developers Eddy Avila, Hector Fernandez and Jorge Pinto, and will offer a myriad of dining experiences from celebrated chef Alfredo Alvarez.

Palmeiras Beach Club has incorporated the established Grove Isle experience and created an updated, contemporary vision.  The star of the food and beverage show will most certainly be the main dining room, run by Alfredo Alvarez, the renowned Venezuelan chef who last year opened the smash hit Seasalt & Pepper on the Miami River. The breathtaking eatery, which features indoor and outdoor seating as well as a 20-seat private dining room, will present a Mediterranean menu with dishes evocative of the Spanish, French, Italian and Greek coasts.

“When dining alongside the beautiful open water, one clearly yearns for seaside cuisine,” explains Alfredo.  “At Palmeiras, I have incorporated my favorite dishes from my travels and training across Europe and brought them to the stunning Miami coastline.” 

Standout dishes from Alfredo and his Chef de Cuisine Abraham Silva, will include starters like Seared Sepia with caramelized baby artichokes, feta cheese, mint tabbouleh, and tomato confit. Lobster and Tuna Cornets, Key lime, mache, frisee, tarragon, snow peas, lychees and soy dressing; and a selection of Fruit de Mer, featuring seasonal oysters, poached wild African shrimp, steamed half Maine lobster, Alaska king crab legs and stone crabs priced individually or presented in the traditional seafood towers à la the South of France. An array of homemade pastas are included.

Entree stand outs include Mediterranean Turbot with tomatillo sauce, fennel, snow peas, pearl onion, tomato confit, carrots and sturgeon caviar; Branzino with its golden crisped skin, along with garlic broccolini, baby zucchini, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and herbs d’Provence;  and the 14 oz. “Duroc” Pork Chop with compressed green apples, glazed fennel, celery, shallot purée, passion fruit au jus.

Desserts include Palmeiras’ Chocolate Feast with Valrhona crust, black and white ganache, chocolate soil, Grand Marnier ice cream, candied pecans, and blood orange coulis will be one to remember.

Located just off the main dining room, an exceptional Perrier-Jouët Chef’s Table offers a private dining room that seats up to 20 guests. The reserved enclave will evoke the design and atmosphere of the Belle Époque or French golden age, when joie de vivre (joy of living) was the reigning mood. Also, uniquely cozy will be the Patron Tequila Lounge, a place to gather anytime of day to unwind.

In addition to the refined main and private dining rooms, Palmeiras Beach Club will feature a large awning-covered outdoor area known as the Taittinger Lounge and Beach Club. Here, guests can sip champagne and cocktails by day or night as they enjoy music, a magnificent ambiance and delicious bites from either the main dining room or pool menu.   

The pool and beach areas – featuring cabanas, lounge chairs, and Hamptons-style day beds, are perfect for a day of relaxation.  Offering a separate menu, sunbathers can look forward to cultivated yet casual bites such as Crispy Moroccan Artichokes with cilantro dressing, piquillo peppers, and shallot confit; Quinoa salad with tomato, black olive, piquillo peppers, shallot confit, mache, and haricot vert; the Rock Shrimp Roll with fresh rock shrimp, pickled onion, lettuce, tomato, sriracha aioli, and cilantro; and a Wagyu Burger - 10 oz. of American wagyu beef, pickled onions, arugula, brie cheese, and house made ketchup. 

The Mediterranean-by-way-of-Miami ambience of Palmeiras Beach Club doesn’t stop at the food; the décor from outside in is decidedly an ode to the European beachside. Inside the all-white dining room, hand painted ceilings by resident artists James and Kate Hahn highlight soft ocean waters, while the al fresco patio will evoke the Greek Isles with its white and blue wood tables and chairs, intimate romantic dining nooks, and an unparalleled view of breezy Biscayne Bay.

The restored property offers mainland guests and Grove Isle members alike vast amenities including a 6,000 sq. ft. two-level spa, a marina, tennis courts, a Taittinger Lounge and Beach Club, a Perrier-Jouët Chef’s Table for up to 20 guests (private dining), a Patron Tequila Lounge and a bay front restaurant with breathtaking waterfront indoor and patio seating serving Mediterranean specialties.

Palmeiras Beach Club also offers a boutique hotel with 20 rooms, with beautiful water views, and hosts waterfront weddings and private events customized to the guests' unique needs. Yachts can easily dock on the island. 

Palmeiras Beach Club will be open seven days a week. The main dining room will serve breakfast from 7 am to 10:30 am, lunch from 11:30 am to 5 pm, and dinner from 5 pm to 11 pm. The Taittinger Lounge and Beach Club and poolside dining will be open for lunch from 11:30 am to 5 pm and dinner from 5 pm to 11 pm. The Patron Tequila Lounge will be open from 4 pm until closing. 

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Blogger Seth Sklarey said...

It's getting harder and harder to find an American food restaurant in Coconut Grove.
I like good food but it's hard to order if you can't read the menu or can't eat the food because it's too spicy or filled with stuff I'm allergic to.

November 26, 2015 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seth, go to Publix, purchase some whole foods, turn on your stove, cook, add a few spices and presto, American food!? That is if your electrical bill is paid up to date!

November 29, 2015 6:51 PM  

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