Getting into the holiday spirit, the below Miami restaurants deck the halls in boughs of holly and announce their Christmas celebrations, which include pre-fixe menus, entertainment, and Santa Claus.
NAUTILUS CABANA CLUB
Featuring a sweeping terrace, Nautilus Cabana Club’s $65 per person Christmas Eve Elegant Buffet will be served from 6pm-11pm. The sprawling holiday feast will feature a welcome glass of Champagne and Appetizers and Salads such as Seafood Ceviche, Oysters, Faro and Barley Salad, Tomato and Mozzarella, Kale Salad, Roasted Beet Salad and Orzo and Sundried Tomato Salad, Mezze & Antipasto of Humus Dip, Eggplant Dip, Tzatziki, Pickled Vegetables, Roasted Sweet Peppers, Cold Cuts, Assorted Cheese and Pita and Artisan Breads, a Carving Station with a Roasted Whole Pig seasoned with onion mojo, Atlantic Salmon with brown butter sauce and Prime Rib with roasted garlic and rosemary au jus, and Lamb, and Desserts Station with Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, Dark Chocolate Walnut Caramel Pie, Cranberry & Blueberry Tart, Tres Leches, Tiramisu and Assorted Mini Fruit Tarts.
Transformed into a magical winter wonderland, Villa Azur shows its Christmas spirit with full décor of garlands, Christmas lights, a Christmas tree with presents underneath at the entrance welcoming guest with a huge Santa Claus, and most importantly a familial feast perfectly prepared by Chef Philippe Ruiz at Villa Azur. Menu specials details to follow shortly.
DÔA’s Executive Chef Carlos Estarita woos guests with his Christmas specials menu, which include the Japanese Wagyu with 55 Score 11 and truffle ponzu, Wagyu Tiradito with sweet plantain, ginger soy butter and fresh truffle, Gagyu Nigiri with truffle soy and wasabi, Grilled Oysters with uni butter, lemon and togarashi, Raw Oysters topped with ginger soy and rocoto daikon, Stone Crab with ponzu mustard, Japanese Uni Gunkan with Hokkaido and sea urchin, and Nehi Toro Maki with fatty tuna, scallions and ponzu.
FORTE DEI MARMI
Santa Claus makes an appearance at Forte dei Marmi’s Sunday Brunch, welcoming guests and children to the Italian eatery. The $85 pre-fixe menu gets a Christmas twist with offerings of Bronze Table Antipasti Bar with Marinated Artichokes, Stuffed Zucchini, Stuffed Red Peppers, Stuffed Red Tomatoes, Italian Caracheters: prosiutto, mortadella, bresaola and salami station, Selection of Cheeses, Eggplant Parmesan, Organic Farmed Lettuces with selection of house dressing, Mediterranean Style Grilled Organic Vegetables, Heirloom Tomato & Basil Salad and Homemade Bread Experience; entrées such as Foie Gras Torchon with Fire Roasted Sourdough Bread and Mandarin Chutney, Linguine “alla Nerano” with zucchini and parmesan, Risotto Red Beets and gorgonzola blue cheese and 24 karat gold lazed leaves, Lamb with artichokes and hazelnuts or Branzino Filet with legumes soup, crispy bread and sundried tomatoes; and desserts of House made “Panettone”, Bitter Chocolate “Zabaglione” and the Grand Christmas Dessert Selection.
Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch
Two Michelin Starred Chef Antonio Mellino delivers a holly jolly Christmas featuring Antipasti such as the Foie Gras Torchon with fire roasted sourdough bread and mandarin chutney, Roasted Scallops with cauliflower puree and black olives, Primi options of Organic Buckwheat “Scialatielli” Seafood with cherry tomatoes and capers or Risotto Red Beets and gorgonzola blue cheese and 24 karat gold lazed leaves, Mains options of Lamb with artichokes and hazelnuts or Branzino Filet with legumes soup, crispy bread and sundried tomatoes, and a sweet finale with House made “Panettone”, Bitter Chocolate “Zabaglione” and the Grand Christmas Dessert Selection.
The Christmas specials dinner menu will be available on December 24 for dinner at 6:30 – 11:30pm and on Monday, December 25 from 11:30am – 2:30pm.
FAENA MIAMI BEACH
Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann will be offering a its regular Sunday Asado menu for lunch and a limited a la carte menu & prix fixe special tasting menu at $125 per person ++. Prix Fixe menu items include Florida Stone Crab “Milanesa,” Wood Oven Gnocchi Souffle, Slow Cook Ribeye and Roasted Pineapple with Illanka chocolate Yul Log and coconut cream for dessert.
Pao by Paul Qui will be offering a limited a la carte menu and a prix fixe special tasting menu at $125 per person ++. Prix fixe menu items include Toro, Rabbit Adobo, Milk Crusted Fluke, Lechon, Aged Peking Duck and a Frozen Tainori Chocolate Yule Log for dessert. At Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, the restaurant offer a holiday asado menu for lunch at $95 per person ++ and their regular a la carte menu for dinner.
VIA EMILIA 9
The Miami Beach authentic Italian restaurant will take guests on a culinary journey to the Bologna region this Christmas with a six-course menu at $70 per guest. The menu includes an array of aged prosciutto, Tortellini in Capon broth, Tagliatelle with wild boar ragu, Rabbit in Lambrusco wine with tropia onions in balsamic vinegar, Pumpkin Pie with Castelmagno cheese and a Traditional Italian Scarpato Panettone with a Lambrusco eggnog.