By Melanie Galarce
The restaurant at the famed Raleigh Hotel on South Beach lets you indulge in a modern American menu that’s, in part, inspired by the rich history of the hotel. Defined by its Art Deco style, the hotel feels like you’ve stepped back in time offering the nostalgia of the ’20s with a modern twist that feels cool and relevant. The Restaurant at The Raleigh (1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) does an excellent job at complementing the iconic vibe and lush feel of this legendary hotel.
Menu highlights: The Miami Spice menu at The Raleigh offers locally sourced food that’s thoughtful and elegant, but far from pretentious. I’ll walk you through a few of my options, including appetizers like the Tuna Poke, which was far better than the ubiquitous version you’re seeing pop up across menus in Miami. This version was simple, but pretty stellar with ponzu, avocado, and hazelnut. And on a the opposite end of the spectrum, I chose the Sweet and Sour Pork Belly appetizer with pickled pineapple and peppers, topped with toasted peanuts, which was silky and quickly disappeared in my mouth. As an entrée I had the Grilled Yellowtail Snapper with braised kale, pickled grapes, brown butter, and pine nuts. The simplicity of this dish was quite memorable. It was effortless in its presentation and flavors.
At last, I closed my Miami Spice meal with the Key Lime Pie (1 of 2 dessert options) with tropical chutney and Chantilly, offering a touch of Caribbean flavor that gave it serious vacation vibes.
Standout dishes: The meal in general was well thought out in every aspect. Every dish that came out felt like it had received the attention it deserved but the Mushroom Tagliatelle with yuzu soy, fine herbs, and truffle butter felt like the effort was above and beyond. A creamy pasta with the kick of wild mushrooms and the pungency of the truffle butter meant that this tagliatelle was anything but ordinary.
Another standout of the Miami Spice menu? The Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing, vanilla poached pear, and carrot confit. The presentation was fun and decorative, but it was the cream cheese icing with the combo flavor of carrot and pear that really made this a finger-licking-good dessert.
Are we boozing? Yes, we definitely are! In fact this is one of the few Miami Spice menus that includes booze. Total win, right? You can choose from either a red or white glass of wine to go along with your meal. If you’re feeling like going above and beyond, you can also choose from craft cocktails since The Raleigh has an amazing Martini Bar that’s been a long-time South Beach staple.
Check this place out if you like: other beach-front establishments like Nautilus that are housed inside South Beach hotels, but can stand on their own thanks to the strong culinary program.
Mel’s take: I’ve said this before, but anytime I feel like I’m a tourist in my own town, success has been met. That’s what the Miami Spice menu at The Restaurant at The Raleigh felt like – a getaway. Along with the Miami Spice menu, guests were enjoying the perfect sunsets by the pool and every dish that came out felt like I should be on vacation. If you’re going to indulge this summer, this is the right way to do Miami Spice; enjoying cocktails with an elevated menu at one of Miami’s iconic hotels. The Raleigh gets Miami Spice really right.
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