Laid-back days bring vibrant and cool offerings to the menu at CHARCOAL Garden Bar + Grill, Miami’s first-ever full-service restaurant built entirely out of a collection of modified shipping containers. Guests can dine in an air conditioned “conservatory” or under the new retractable Roman shade. Charcoal’s new menu highlights include ice-cold green gazpacho, a juicy burger and vanilla-scented yogurt panna cotta with chilled macerated berries.
Other fresh items include ice-cold green gazpacho, made with all green vegetables and herbs and topped with walnuts, cucumber-moistened bread and a touch of mild chile, and fresh watermelon salad, studded with Bulgarian feta, pickled red onions, green olive oil, garden mint and Maldon salt.
A selection of Josper-grilled vegetables includes locally-sourced summer greens roasted and drizzled with Calabrian chili oil and anchovy-infused olive oil and traditional summer succotash with grilled, then chilled sweet corn, tiny green, fava and flageolet beans, Everglades tomatoes all lightly coated with a Charcoal herb vinaigrette.
The summer menu also offers whole branzino – grilled and simply flavored with olive oil, herbs and sea salt – and Point Judith calamari served as a warm salad with creamy potatoes, crunchy celery, lemon and green olive oil, and the Faroe Island-raised salmon filet roasted in the Josper from the skin side and served with summer sorrel.
In addition, Charcoal’s grilled meats, include newly-added Florida farm-raised burger stacked with blistered red onions and Kunst cheese on a toasted brioche and served with charcoal-charred potatoes. Also there is a choucroute garnie platter with grilled, locally-sourced Proper sausage, slow Josper-roasted pork belly and fall-off-the-bone pork shoulder accompanied by beer-braised, house-cured sauerkraut, tiny potatoes and grainy dijon.
Desserts include individual berry-rhubarb pie topped with classic vanilla ice cream and house-made ice cream and sorbets of the day served affogato style. Bananas Josper are a nod to the classic bananas foster, flash-caramelized in the Josper and served with vanilla ice cream.