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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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