Out with the old and in with the new. That’s what’s happening at Grove Isle. This iconic landmark — known for offering pristine views of the bay and being the most well-known place in Miami to pop the question — has transformed itself from Grove Isle Hotel and Spa into Palmeiras Beach Club with Palmeiras Restaurant opening up last December. Responsible for the changes on this private island are visionaries Sami Kohen and Jacques Wulffaert, who have teamed up with Grove Isle developers. Together they’ve revamped the venue, giving it a contemporary makeover — and added in a Perrier-Jouët Chef’s Table (a private dining room for 20); a comfy Patron Tequila Lounge; and an outdoor area known as the Taittinger Lounge and Beach Club. It’s time to dine in style.
Perrier Jouet private dining room at Palmeiras
To add to the picture-perfect setting and bring your experience over the top, Palmeiras Beach Club brought in über-talented chef Alfredo Alvarez, formerly of Seaspice, to oversee the menu, which will offer a seafood-centric menu, highlighting flavors of the Mediterranean. We praise chef for his use of local ingredients (the produce comes from a variety of area farms, while much of his seafood comes from North Star Seafood in Pompano) and his creative play on flavors, but most of all for his Seared Escolar where sweet and spicy came together in perfect harmony making it our featured craving this week.
Seared Escolar photo courtesy of Pameiras Beach Club & Resort
This beautiful appetizer of seared escolar, perfect for sharing, was served with a medley of upland cress, mache and watermelon radish. The sriracha aioli, lychee, ginger soy dressing and cilantro aioli combined made this dish pop and made it a favorite of the night. Other highlights on the menu include a Wild Chilean Seabass with tarragon crust and a fennel aromatic blue crab broth; homemade Cariciofo Raviolone with ricotta, flashed baby artichokes, tomato, sage and lemon; a 14-oz. Duroc Pork Chop with Gala apples, glazed fennel and a passion fruit au jus; and a Brie Tiramisu hazelnut speculoos, espresso gel, kaulua foam and coffee ice cream.
Palmeiras Beach Club & Resort is located at 4 Grove Isle Drive in Miami; (305) 858-8300 — and can be reached by car or boat. Valet parking and docking (including yachts) are available day and night.