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Hot Hot Heat: Sweat Over These New Miami Spice Menu Items

August 4, 2015
Written by: Yasha Wallin

Kicking off this week until September 30, South Beach is sizzling with flavor for “Miami Spice.” During this culinary celebration, restaurants all over the city will be offering creative concoctions packed with plenty of heat at discounted and prix fixe prices. With over 200 participating restaurants its hard to know where to whet your palette. That’s why we’ve selected three must-try Miami Spice hot spots. Then, we’ve even gone one step further offering an exclusive “Spice” recipe to make at home when you’re not restaurant-hopping.

We can’t get enough of master chef Katsuya Uechi’s tempura rock shrimp with sweet pineapple aioli and spicy mayo. Paired with the “main lobster dynamite” or spicy chicken, and our favorite cocktail “The Dragon” with yuzu and ginger, and the heat is on.


The Bazaar by José Andrés
At $39 the prix fixe menu by José Andrés can’t be beaten in terms of value and flavor. Nosh on Cuban coffee rubbed churrasco, fish en papillote, watermelon and tomato skewers, Andres’ famous brussels sprouts, and more. Round it all off with Key Lime Pie “José’s way” – and a bottle of Brut “Barcelona” Cava to wash it down.


Cleo South Beach
A Miami Spice first-timer, Cleo’s menu won’t disappoint with six “waves” of menu items on offer. First wave dishes like lebaneh and cucumber yogurt dips pave the way for heavier family style entrees like Meatball Tagine and Grilled Dourade. And save room for the desert of a lifetime: warms sticky toffee pudding with bittersweet caramel and vanilla bean gelato.

cleo garlic shrimp


José Andrés’ Cuban Coffee Churrasco Recipe

Coffee Rub

2 Tbsp Brown sugar
2 Tbsp Kosher salt
6 Tbsp Coffee finely ground
2 Tbsp Black pepper finely ground
1 Tsp Coriander, toasted then finely ground
2 Tsp Garlic powder
2 Tsp Onion powder

Toast and crush the coriander. Mix all ingredients together. Marinate the steak for one and a half hours.

Grilled Spring Onions

10 ea small Spring Onions (peeled pearl onions if spring onions are unavailable)
2 Tsp Olive oil
Ground black pepper

Peel onions and cut in half. Season with oil, salt and pepper and place on grill. They should still have texture but not raw in taste. Peel onion into petals. Hold at room temperature covered.

Passion Fruit Sauce

Yield: 1 C
7 Oz Passion fruit seeds and pulp, fresh
2 Oz Brown butter
Pinch of salt

Mix the passion fruit with warm (not hot or cold) brown butter and season with salt. Keep warm.


6 Oz Coffee Rubbed Skirt steak
3 Drops Coffee reduction (Concentrate)
2 Tbs Passion Fruit Sauce
5 Ea Grilled Spring Onion Leaves
Maldon Salt


Grill the skirt steak to desired temperature and let it rest for a few minutes. Slice the churrasco against the grain. Spoon 2 tbsp. of passion fruit sauce in the center of the plate and spread in a circular motion. Place the churrasco on top of the sauce. Place a drop of coffee reduction and olive oil in each onion petal and arrange around the steak. Garnish with Maldon salt.