Panoramic Water Views Highlight Azul Restaurant In Miami
Imagine a calm oasis surrounded by sun-kissed waters just minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Miami. Azul, the celebrated Miami restaurant located in the Mandarin Oriental hotel on Brickell Key, provides the sophisticated ambiance of a private retreat with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay.
Guest will enjoy fine dining at Azul with an award-winning menu that features an eclectic blend of Mediterranean and Asian flavors. The blue waters of the bay and views of the city of Miami can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the restaurant. A white marble open kitchen dominates the decor. Diners may choose to eat indoors or out on Azul’s terrace on the water’s edge. For parties of up to ten people, there is a private table accessible by an indoor footbridge.
The beginning course offerings include oysters and fresh wasabi, panzenella salad with heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, and a tuna dish with ham and feta. Almond gazpacho, duck risotto and Kobe beef tartare in black truffle vinaigrette are also on the menu. Entrees include yellow tail snapper encrusted in brioche, lemon flavored turbot, lamb and squab breast with beets and apple butter.
Those with a sweet tooth will savor crème brulee, bittersweet chocolate cream served with pear and blood orange sorbet, and hazelnut streusel with brown butter ice cream. French press and Italian coffee is available, as well as a fine selection of tea.
Diners are invited to pair their menu choices with wine from an outstanding collection of over 700 world-class vintages. The wine list was developed under the direction of sommelier Claudio Giordano, and includes current releases as well as classic vintages and boutique wines from around the world. The large and varied wine list reflects Giordano’s philosophy that wine should be presented in a manner that extends the experiences of the diner.
To make the most of a day on Brickell Key when having dinner at Azul, enjoy the private on-site beach at the hotel and take advantage of the 15,000 square foot five-star spa. The Mandarin Oriental also offers an infinity edge swimming pool, a fitness center with personal trainers and classes and boutique shopping.
Azul in the Mandarin Oriental is situated at 500 Brickell Key Drive in Miami. The Miami restaurant is considered one of the best in the area. For further information, call the Mandarin Oriental at 305-913-8282 or visit the website at mandarinoriental.com/Miami.
Sharon Penn is a freelance writer writing about Miami Restaurants and other fun things to do in South Beach.