Miami is no stranger to plant-based cuisine. Casual eateries that cater to vegetarians and vegans are a dime a dozen, especially here in South Florida where everyone’s busy working on their beach body. What’s rare, though, is a plant-based place that’s not just grab-and-go or counter service. Enter Plant Miami, a refined operation that successfully fills this particular niche.
Chef Horacio Rivadero (ex-The District) is in charge of the kitchen, which is serving up creative vegan takes on upscale fare. Items like the Handcrafted Cheese Board look like the real thing; the only major difference is the use of cashew cheeses that include flavors like white truffle, smoked cheddar and mixed peppercorn. Other notable selections like the Castelvetrano Olives and Harvest Dumplings are a delight, particularly the latter with its sweet potato-coconut wrapper.
Take out your phone because the Som Tam Salad with green papaya and daikon is too pretty to ignore. We can say the same about the Watermelon Caprese and Tomato Tartalette, both of which are a feast for the eyes; plant-based eaters should thoroughly enjoy these selections. When we’ve encountered such beautiful plating at restaurants, portion size is usually something that suffers. Not at Plant Miami: Portions are substantial — entrees especially.
The Celery Root Lasagna with walnut bolognese and macadamia ricotta is the perfect example. It’s a plate that towers over everything else on the menu and can easily feed two people. The Moroccan Bowl with harissa hazelnut pate and forbidden black rice as well as the Sous Vide Mushroom Ropa Vieja are also filling but light enough that you don’t hate yourself afterward. That’s good because Pastry Chef Veronica Manolizi has a wealth of desserts ready for you, including Sweet Potato Pie and Semifreddo. Our favorite: the Lady Apple, a fun combination of poached apples and dark chocolate.
In a city full of “green” spots that cater to the hectic Miami lifestyle, it’s refreshing to have a place where guests can sit down and enjoy a relaxed, upscale meal. There’s nothing quite like Plant Miami in the city, and our food scene is all the better because of it. More dining options are always a good thing.