It’s officially 2016 and we’re back in business. We hope you all had an amazing holiday and are ready to eat your way through 2016. To kick-off the new year, we’ve got a perfect place to break your new year’s resolution! It’s a FAB spot in Sunny Isles at the Sole Ocean Resort & Spa by the name of Fresh American Bistro, otherwise known as F.A.B.
Overseen by Michelin-starred executive chef Phillip Ruiz, who also had a 10-year stint at the Biltmore’s Palm d’or, F.A.B’s culinary team is set on making sure you have the perfect brunch experience.
Far removed from the hustle and glitz of South Beach, F.A.B. offers an impressive buffet lunch overlooking the ocean accompanied by the music of a live reggae band that will make you feel like you’re brunching on the world famous beaches of Negril, Jamaica.
I was a tad bit overwhelmed (in the best possible way) when I approached the buffet tables at F.A.B. Anything you might be interested in as far as breakfast and lunch items are at your easy disposal. You can enjoy the traditional egg stations and plentiful array of baked goods as well as a assorted offering of cheese and charcuterie.
If salad is your preference you’ll have a very varied selection to choose from, from quinoa to caprese – there’s something here for absolutely everyone. You’ll also find fan favorites like waffles, quiches, bacon and pancakes. All those delicious brunch staples that make you look forward to the weekend when everything seems to move a little slower and taste a little sweeter.
You can also enjoy the less traditional brunch items as part of the buffet offerings that include favorites like the raw bar station. You’ll find octopus, crab legs & claws and ceviche among many more raw delights.
F.A.B also offers some warm dishes that are bit on the heavier/lunch side but are just as appetizing when one has mimosas on hand. They have a selection of inventive seafood, meats and chicken that will make you feel all warm inside. My personal favorite were the stuffed spinach and cheese potatoes because let’s be honest, what is better than carbs adorned with cheese?
Another favorite for me during the brunch F.A.B experience were the few items on the menu (only three to be exact.) My fiancé and I left just enough room to try the Eggs Benedict with truffle hollandaise and Tortilla Española that was sprinkled with a creamy spicy sauce that I wish we could have bottled up and taken home with us. These two dishes were especially memorable for us and you could feel the extra care that went into making them.
And then of course, you have the dessert station with its sweet tempting treats all neatly adorned around a flowing fondue chocolate tower of deliciousness. You can find everything from fruits to macaroons and rice krispy treats to dip in the fountain of chocolate. It really is the perfect ending to your meal.
The comprehensive brunch is at a very reasonable cost of $45 and includes a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa. If you’re thinking of taking Sunday Funday up a notch, you can enjoy unlimited booze for an additional $30.
Mel’s take: My brunch at F.A.B. was an overall successfully experience. Nothing felt forced or over the top and everything worked. Although I’m not usually one to vouch for the buffet experience, F.A.B. really got me out of my comfort zone and I thoroughly enjoyed all the options that didn’t compromise on taste and quality. Also, it’s really nice to enjoy a meal without having to worry about breaking the bank.
Standout dishes: I loved everything about the Tortilla Española. My fiancé loved his poached eggs with truffle. The few items on the menu seem to really stand out and I’d really recommend you leave some space to try these. Also, these are included in the buffet cost, so it’s a win-win for you!