You can’t say “Miami Spice’’ without saying “Toro Toro.’’ Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s steakhouse with a Pan Latin twist inside the InterContinental Miami is one of South Florida’s top dining destinations any time of year, but it’s a special treat during Miami Spice when guests gets Executive Chef’s three-course dinner creations for $39 and lunch creations for $23.
Do offers some of the deepest (and most flavorful) dinner and lunch menus in all of Miami Spice. If you only could choose one restaurant for a Miami Spice meal – particularly dinner – Toro Toro should be it.
“The way we approach Miami spice is to be the almost anti Miami Spice restaurant,’’ said Do, one of my favorite SoFla chefs. “A lot of Miami Spice restaurants will give smaller portions and offer you things that aren’t on the (regular) menu to keep costs down. We don’t do that. We know we’re going to take a hit on food costs, but the long-term investment we get back 10-fold.’’
The appetizers alone on the Miami Spice menu are worth the trip to downtown Miami. My favorite? The Ceviche Nikkei tuna with avocado, ponzu leche de figre, cucumber and quinoa. If you want another, try the Spanish Ham Croquettes with Chinese mustard and chipotle aioli.
The Achiote BBQ Salmon with chayote squash, bacon, mushroom and achiote ponzu is a terrific entrée, as is the Skirt Steak with sweet truffle mash. But for an entrée that defines Toro Toro and its Miami Spice experience, go with the Churrasco Platter. It’s a $10 upcharge, but the portions of picanha steak, lamb chop, chorizo sausage (my favorite) and achiote chicken make it worth the price and then some.
The dessert option is a no-brainer. It’s La Bomba. Prepared tableside, La Bomba features fresh berries, dulce de leche and strawberry ice cream, cream cheese mousse, almond cookie crumbs, caramel, vanilla and berry sauce all in a chocolate sphere. After a server drops the sphere on your table, you can dig into one of Miami’s more decadent desserts.
La Bomba is a perfect way to end the Toro Toro Miami Spice experience.
“For us, Miami Spice is a stepping stone,’’ to future business, Do said. “It’s been that way every year and we feel great about it.’’
Toro Toro’s guests, however, feel even better.