What’s better than a Miami Spice lunch and/or dinner? A Miami Spice lunch and/or dinner with a view. That’s what you get at Panorama restaurant at the Sonesta Coconut Grove, located in the heart of the once-again thriving Coconut Grove section of Miami. Executive Chef Chris Cramer serves up some terrific Miami Spice lunch ($23) and dinner ($39) menu items while Mother Nature serves some outstanding views of the Miami shoreline (no charge).
Panorama, in fact, is one of the few places in Miami where guests can take in a South Florida sunset. But let’s talk food. For this year’s Miami Spice, which runs through Sept. 30, Cramer has brought back a couple of the 2015 favorites, added some new items and plans to combine them into a new Panorama menu by mid-October.
“The change will be geared more toward Americana,’’ Cramer said. “That’s a little more of my flair. I’m looking at pub fare in a sense, but in a more contemporary fashion. Food that’s less intimidating to people.’’
A good (and delicious) example is Cramer’s Grilled Petite Beef Filet and Shrimp with sweet plantain mash with bacon and onions topped with a sundried tomato butter. It’s a dish (my favorite) that shows off Cramer’s “pub fare’’ theme, as well as South Florida’s Latin flavors.
For the seafood crowd, the dinner menu has a Seared Grouper pan-seared filet served over grilled creamed with shishito peppers.
“The creamed corn makes it a little more Americana,’’ Cramer said.
The Lobster Mac and Cheese with Maine lobster in a creamy brie and gruyere cheese sauce is a must-have as an appetizer. You also can’t miss on the Braised Short Rib as an appetizer – again a simple dish that’s served over green pea and parmesan risotto that is classic pub fare.
The Nutella S’Mores with torch-charred marshmallows with candied smoked bacon is a great way to top off the dinner. And a great way to get ready for a new Panorama menu this Fall.