Sunday, April 22, 2007

Blue Door at the Delano

I had booked our res at Blue Door at the Delano a while back, and ended up getting so busy in between then and actually arriving in Miami Beach, that I couldn't quite remember the menu. But just walking up to the crisp white Delano hotel upon our arrival in South Beach, I knew we were in for a good evening.

Stepping inside the Delano is like walking into a place so elaborate and posh that if you don't own a Bentley, you expect to be kicked out any minute. However, the lobby of this fabulous hotel is surprisingly kick back (though maybe a little scandalous), and a few steps down the long white hall, which is framed with 40 ft. sheer drapes, I realized we would be able to slip under the radar just fine, due to the excess of beautiful people milling about. Just looking at the Blue Door's cabana boy-esque wait staff, draped head to toe in white, had me expecting to spill my wine, but fortunately we escaped the meal stain free--though I am not sure I can say the same for the French couple next to us, who somehow managed to order a cheese pizza and fries for their kids.

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The dining room at the Blue Door, where white is the new black.

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Sauteed scallops with grilled hearts of palm, dulce de leche, and wild rice popcorn - $21

I'm typically not a huge caramel fan, but the velvety dulce de leche was the perfect match to these meaty scallops.

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Foiegranana - seared foie gras with ginger, glazed pineapple, jalapeno and wasabi peanuts - $28

It seemed like it had been forever since J had pan seared foie gras, and so he was in heaven with this salty yet sweet indulgence.

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Thon Confit: caramelized miso tuna with oven confit sweet tomatoes, shallots, capers, garlic and parsley vinaigartte, crispy beignets - $37

The tuna was nice and rare, as I like it, but the tomato, capers and garlic overpowered the fish a bit.

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Agneau Menta - Rack of lamb brushed with passion fruit and mint, toasted couscous, raisins, almonds, and pearl onions - $48

While this dish was tasty and certainly cooked well, J realized it didn't compare to the fresh, local Morgan Valley lamb he can get at home.

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Melted bitter sweet chocolate cake with caramelized pistachio ice cream - $12

Delicious and refreshing, but $12? It was a sponge cake spoon...not a silver one.

- K

Blue Door at the Delano
1685 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674.6400

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