Menu Trotting Around the World With Area 31

Travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it’s not exactly the most affordable. With Area 31, though, you can experience cuisine from all around the world without breaking the bank. Last month, the restaurant debuted a new monthly series — Menu Trotting With Chef Wolfgang Birk — that highlights a specific region’s fare for an entire week. At $55 (and $20 for an optional wine tasting), it’s a steal.

The series kicked off on March 27 with a Northern Italian tasting comprised of four courses and an amuse bouche (crispy oyster). Here’s a closer look at the evening’s menu:

1st Course
Beef carpaccio, micro watercress, radish, Parmigiana Reggiano

2nd Course
Scampi carbonara, artichoke, saffron, rosemary, speck, stracci

3rd Course
Monkfish Stew, tomatoes, Taggiasca olives, potatoes, gigante beans

4th Course
Rhubarb tart, Italian meringue

By the end of the meal, we were stuffed with Italian deliciousness. If you missed March’s dinner, don’t worry: The April series starts Monday, April 24 and will run through Sunday, April 30. Guests can again expect four courses and an amuse bouche, but they’ll be visiting the Basque Country/Spain this time around. The Menu Trotting series will continue to be offered the last week of every month leading up to Miami Spice in August:

Monday, May 22 – Sunday, May 28 – Portugal

Monday, June 19 – Sunday, June 25 – Argentina

Monday, July 24 – Sunday, July 30 – Chile

For reservations or more information on upcoming events, log on to or call 305-424-5234.

Area 31 is located at 270 Biscayne Blvd Way inside the EPIC Hotel in Downtown. For hours of operation and other information, visit their official website or call 305-424-5234.