The Dome is a quiet, quaint and unassuming spot in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Miracle Mile. If you’re not looking, you’re bound to miss it. The concept is based on sustainability, and it is the first and only LEED Certified restaurant that you’ll find in Coral Gables. To go along with its green accolades, The Dome hosts an impressive menu of Latin fusion cuisine and bespoke cocktails. When visiting The Dome, you’ll find menus on iPads and a plethora of weeknight specials (think Wednesday’s Art Night with a selection of $5 bar bites or Karaoke Fridays with $1 champagne for the ladies and reverse happy hour, among many more.)
The Dome’s kitchen is spearheaded by Peruvian Chef Nilton Castillo* who has worked with Chef Daniel Boulud and Chef Jose Andrés at The Bazaar at SoBe’s SLS Hotel and brings with him more than 10 years of culinary experience. Expect to find his creative genius behind many of the menu options that include lunch, dinner and a variety of small plates and seafood specialties. Sides and desserts are also available from favorites like truffle fries (ama-zing) to the traditional flan with silky caramel and candied citrus zest.
Chef Castillo takes great pride in the fact that the daily special’s menu changes every day. He stopped by our table while dining and mentioned that part of the freedom to shake things up in the kitchen on a daily basis allowed him the opportunity to refuel creatively and helped in keeping the food fresh and the waste to a minimum. Special’s can range from Salmon with Fried Quinoa and Mushroom Bisque Soup. Chef Castillo’s cuisine highlights his Peruvian upbringing but simultaneously reflects his French and Spanish influence.
The Cuban-Russian owner, Rachel Dominguez, also advocates her love of caviar by offering a caviar menu that includes a myriad of selections from the finest Caspian caviar to a more affordable, vegan Kelp caviar. Rachel also integrates her passion for clean eating and staying green into The Dome with projects like The Culinary Youth Project. The first of its kind, the foundation aims to educate South Florida youth on farming locally sourced organic food. Currently, The Dome is working with Coral Gables High School to create a student-run edible garden that will enhance the restaurant’s menu.
Mel’s Recommendation: Great spot to have a few cocktails (mostly because Happy Hour prices are so enticing) and enjoy a spin on Latin fusion cuisine. It’s a bit pricey, but they offer weekday specials that are impossible to resist.
Standout Dishes: Muscles with aji, cilantro, tomatoes, sudado (stew), wine, parsley, garlic and butter that come with a side of perfectly cooked French Fries. Also try the award-wining sliders, pick from an assortment of veggie Portobello, Frita Cubana or the Dome special (our favorite.)
*Stay tuned for a special Q&A with Chef Castillo on MMTM in the weeks to come!