Brunch is the state of mind where consuming copious amounts of Champagne (with orange juice, of course) and oysters is acceptable, nay encouraged. And while Miami is no stranger to this daytime hedonism, plenty of food-focused brunches have popped around the city, beckoning with promises of authentic dim sum, pristine raw seafood and Meyer lemon pancakes. Herewith, the best spots to while away the weekend:
This cathedral of Asian delicacies rolls out almost the entire menu for the Sunday feast: buffets of endless fresh sushi, skewers of marinated beef, vegetables from the robata grill and prepared salads. And that’s after choosing a main course: barley miso corn-fed baby chicken, grilled seabass, black angus skirt steak or vegetable tempura. Plus a bottomless glass of Louis Roederer Champagne in addition to Bloody Marys made with robata-grilled tomatoes. It all goes perfectly with the waterfront views of downtown.
This 'Shanghai noir' eatery isn’t necessarily the kind of place you’d expect to shrug off a hangover, but the slinky dining room looks fantastic with sunlight streaming through carved ebony lattice work. Slide into one of the embroidered leather chairs and prepare to feast on feather-light dumplings stuffed with shrimp, crispy turnip cakes, pan-fried Shanghai potstickers, stir-fried Chinese broccoli and hand-pulled mushroom noodles.
The restaurant at One Bal Harbour’s classy spot is just enough without going overboard. The a la carte menu includes fresh oysters, short rib hash and a sensational lobster roll. The trio of house-made donuts stuffed with key lime custard, dulce de leche or passion fruit warrant repeat visits. Add the bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys and ask for a table on the terrace, overlooking the Haulover Inlet, to watch the fishing boats putter by.
The Italian sibling to the wildly popular Prime 112 steakhouse across the street, this Rat Pack-inspired spot provides high-end comfort food classics. All the bread is made in-house, including the Gruyère popover that’s stuffed with smoked salmon scrambled eggs. Like their dinner portions, plates here are massive, so be sure to share the Meyer Lemon and Blueberry Pancakes with Limoncello Syrup or the Pumpkin Spice Malted Waffle topped with apple cobbler for dessert.