By Monique Gonzalez
As Miami Spice continues in October (yep, it’s like Christmas in July!), Team MMTM is sharing one final #MiamiSpiceMonday post with you, and boy is it a doozy — a two-for-one look at gastronomic powerhouses and Turnberry Isle’s (19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura) two beloved restaurants, Bourbon Steak and Corsair Kitchen & Bar.
Menu highlights: With both restaurants nestled within a 300-acre tropical oasis, you can rest assured your visit to Turnberry Isle will be worth your while. The two restaurants are serving up specialty menus (Bourbon Steak, Corsair Kitchen & Bar) featuring a few of their signature dishes and offer Miami Spice dinner seven days a week for $39. Corsair also offers lunch Monday through Friday for $23.
The Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup was the perfect (light) start to my meal. This creamy soup from the Corsair menu was served over fresh lump crab meat, lime, and scallion. Light and crisp, and perfect for South Florida’s year-round warm weather.
Immediately following was the Kurabuta Pork Belly (Pork Belly 101: this haute Japanese piece of pork comes from the Berkshire hog. Think, Wagyu of porks). This dish, which is offered as an appetizer option in the Bourbon Steak menu, was bursting with flavor and perfectly cooked – crispy on the outside. Unpredictably paired with a roasted peach mostarda, watercress, and a quinoa tuile, for an added layer of crunch.
The Angus New York Strip was five ounces of sheer pleasure. Accompanied by a cauliflower puree, that dare I say, probably deserves it’s own spot on the Bourbon Steak menu, as well as a foie gras emulsion and Romanesco (broccoli and cauliflower hybrid).
The meal was sealed with the most decadent and contrasting dessert duo: Cookies & Cream and a White Chocolate Cremeux. The Cookies & Cream was a chocolate lover’s dream, complete with a homemade devil’s food cake “Oreo” cookie – Pastry Chef Patty Lopez claims this creation is an homage to a past pastry chef mentor. Served with cocoa nib crema and buttermilk sherbet. The Cremeux on the other hand was bursting with tropical fruit flavors, layered with a guava pate de fruit and watermelon granite, all in a passion fruit nectar.
Standout dish: The Hand-Made Cavatelli, from Corsair, hands down. And not just because I’m a sucker for homemade pasta. But, the combination of flavors and ingredients, including asparagus and leeks, and a sweet pea puree, made this pasta dish feel almost guilt-free. Did I mention it’s topped with a perfectly poached egg? OK, so maybe not entirely guilt-free.
Are We Boozing? With a name like “Bourbon” Steak, one can only hope! Bourbon Steak’s Spice menu offers a special Terrazas de Los Andes wine pairing option. In addition, their daily happy hour (M-F, 5-7PM) offers wines from its Wine Spectator Award-winning cellar of more than 850 wines, and an exclusive assortment of fine spirits. Corsair Kitchen & Bar, on the other hand, offers an $8 Endless 52-item Bloody Mary Bar during their “52 by Corsair” brunches (Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30AM-3PM).
Check this place out if you like: Garden-fresh and contemporary creations and comfort foods for lighter appetites (Corsair) or acclaimed American steakhouse famous for its mouthwatering butter-poached steaks (Bourbon Steak). Both restaurants offer up quality food against a posh, yet relaxing backdrop.
Monique’s take: A trip to Turnberry Isle is a must, whether you’re in the mood for lighter, Mediterranean and American fare or a an award-winning kick-ass steak. My reco? Why not just go big and make it a full day’s worth of caloric intake? Start with lunch at Corsair Kitchen & Bar, enjoy some down time within the lush, tropical Turnberry property, and stay for dinner at Bourbon Steak!