Along with Memorial Day comes droves of tourists travelling to Miami for the summer season. Victoria Pesce Elliot at the Miami Herald found Lantao Kitchen in the Surfcomber Hotel on Miami Beach to be a "sexy new hideaway (that) is a fun local's find." Lantao's main draw is the simple, down to earth Asian food from chef Ferdinand Ortiz Jr., who "learned his way around Asian ingredients during a long stint with China Grill, including Asia de Cuba. You can tell he is having fun riffing on the classics here." From "addictive" tender Korean barbecued pork ribs to "Miami style" banh mi, VPE's "stay-cay" at Lantao turned out to be the perfect place "to feel like a tourist without the sunburn" and worthy of two and a half stars. [MH]
Jean Georges Vongerichten's J & G Grill continues to impress, this week leaving the Sun Sentinel's John Tanasychuk intrigued. "This is the kind of restaurant you can imagine dining in night after night. The food is elegant, but not contrived, familiar but always interesting. Part French, part Asian and a big part American." Finding that the menu descriptions fail to do justice to the dishes, Tanasychuk saw magic in the food, specifically the Petrossian caviar with crispy poached eggs and vodka creme faiche. [SS]
"The haute hotel restaurant with a heart" are strong words of praise from the Miami New Times' Lee Klein for the accessible and affordable Edge, Steak and Bar. "Chef Brook's menu stands as a blueprint for how to produce brilliant, innovative fare that appeals to all tastes...Quality food that looks and tastes great will fit most folks' bill, especially if it's fairly priced." [MNT]
Tundra on Las Olas in Ft. Lauderdale claims the title of "the nation's first ice-art-infused restaurant concept" but Tanasychuk at the Sun Sentinel finds the gimmick understated and the food generous. [SS]
The Miami Herald's Rochelle Koff found a new spotlight on Hollywood Beach in the four story, four month old Sardelli Italian Steakhouse, meriting three and a half stars. "There's a crowd and a buzz in the 25 seat first-floor dining room and bar, especially on weekends. If you want a quieter, more romantic meal, request a table in the second-story wine room." [MH]
THE BLOGS: The Chowfather gives a recap of the newly opened Ni. Do. Cafe in the MiMo area of Miami. Miami.com gives a nice taste of Samuel Gorenstein's inexpensive My Ceviche. Burger Beast highlights the burger at Tudor House.