Lure Fishbar: A Miami Spice Must

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As Miami Spice enters its second (and final) month, you only have a few more weeks to take advantage of all the great deals in town. It’s crunch time, so every dining decision counts. That’s why we recommend you visit Lure Fishbar sooner rather than later.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: the major key to a successful Miami Spice meal is variety. Nobody likes being limited to one or two choices. Some restaurants understand that, and others don’t. Thankfully, Lure falls into the former category, offering numerous selections for each of the three courses — and then some.

Before even digging into your meal, you can expect both an amuse-bouche of torched salmon belly and a plate of cheddar biscuits for the table. Both do their job perfectly, making you excited for the meal to come. For appetizers, the tuna tataki and wedge salad can’t be beat. The tataki offers a fun mix of citrus and spice thanks to the orange ponzu; it’s a really refreshing bite. The wedge salad is worth it for the blue cheese dressing alone — zesty with hints of avocado to blow your mind. It’s a hefty salad, so keep that in mind when ordering the rest of your meal.

The same can be said for the entrees — they’re huge. This is especially true of the yellowtail snapper, which had us both exclaim, “That’s a lot of fish!” Shout out to the mango-jicama slaw, which brightened up the dish and our day; we’re suckers for anything mango. And if you’re somehow still hungry after the fish and slaw, the boniato cake underneath the fish will finish the job nicely.

We tend to steer clear of steak at seafood places, but the spicy guava reduction on the grilled skirt steak was calling our name. After trying the steak, we didn’t talk to each other for a good five minutes. We just ate in silence — it was that good. The meat, the reduction, the temperature, the size — everything about this dish was perfect. We’d come back just for this.

Another highlight was the shrimp risotto. In Miami, we’ve had a troubled relationship with the dish. When we’ve had it in the past, it’s been hit or miss; the plate is either amazing or disgusting — there’s no middle ground. Either the texture is off, there’s no flavor or it just sucks. Fortunately, Lure is one of the few places that gets it right. It tastes as good as it looks.

For Miami Spice, Lure’s dessert selections range from light to “extra hour at the gym.” If you want to give your stomach a break, the sorbet with berries hits the spot and won’t require you to change into your fat pants. The three sorbets — passion fruit, coconut and white peach — are heaven in a scoop and can be described in two simple words: super delicious.

If you’re throwing caution to the wind, aim your sights on the chocolate peanut butter bar. The bar is densely packed with chocolatety and nutty goodness; the tart passionfruit sorbet helps cut the decadence a little, so that you don’t totally hate yourself. But even if you do …

Before you know it, Miami Spice will be over. Don’t make the mistake of missing one of the best Spice dinners around. Make a reservation at Lure Fishbar and treat yourself to an amazing three-course dinner. You deserve it.


Lure Fishbar is located at 1601 Collins Ave inside the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Miami Beach. For hours of operation and their Miami Spice menu, visit their Miami Spice page or call 305-695-4550.