The Dutch and Miami Food Pug go way back. For the past two years, we’ve kicked off Miami Spice season at the American restaurant and stopped by the bar for drinks before hitting the beach (and after). But despite our multiple visits, we’ve never actually ordered off the regular menu. That all changed a few weeks ago when we enjoyed a decadent seasonal feast that had us rolling happily through the W South Beach.
Chef Adonay Tafur, who took over for Chef Conor Hanlon last August, has crafted a flavorful summer menu that takes favorites like lobster, scallops and tomahawk steaks and turns them up to 11 with some delicious preparations. Our meal began with a trio of apps including the cutest little lobster roll you ever did see. Don’t let looks deceive you: the lobster roll, which included yuzu, tobiko and pickles, is pretty filling as is the spectacular Spanish octopus with pimenton, chickpea and cilantro. Shout out to Chef for making a killer kale and arugula salad; if all salads tasted this good, we’d already have our summer bodies.
You could literally make a meal out of these three apps alone, but then you’d miss out on other fabulous bites like the spring pea casunziei with pancetta and parmigiano reggiano. We’ll give you a second to Google that — we had to. For those who don’t feel like searching, casunziei is basically just a fancy word for ravioli. Based on this dish, it should also mean awesome.
Moving onto the mains: All four entrees stood out, but the whole red snapper was the clear winner. Served with clams and heirloom tomatoes in a paella-esque fashion, this beauty tasted as great as it looked. Another favorite was the scallop with green pea curry and some pork belly for good measure. Definitely worth a second (and third order).
What about the meat? The Dutch’s Aussie Wagyu Tomahawk is no joke. It’s so big that you could easily split it with your better half or even a group of friends. Just as enormous are the onion rings, which could easily double as (delicious) bracelets. We can’t recommend the steak enough, especially if you’re hungry AF.
Pastry Chef Josh Gripper is considered one of the top pastry chefs in town, and his desserts have always been a highlight of our visits. This visit was no exception. Peaches and cream, strawberry rhubarb pie, banana foster ice cream cake, cherries on chocolate … basically a week’s worth of calories in one sitting but TOTALLY WORTH IT. That banana foster cake was something else — look at the photo and try not to drool on your keyboard. If you want to go all out, then get the famous Fair dessert: churros, donuts, funnel cakes and palmiers. It’s your favorite fair food on one plate, and it will have you feeling like a little kid again.
This was our third time at The Dutch, and the best experience by far. Chefs Tafur and Gripper are at the top of their games, and the summer menu is a testament to that talent and skill. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for fall.