When we heard Chef Jose Icardi was opening a new Mexican restaurant at Shore Club, we were intrigued. Chef Icardi, the culinary powerhouse behind Leynia at Delano South Beach, already won us over with tasty Argentinean cuisine, so we had high expectations for Diez y Seis. We expected the best, and that’s exactly what we got during our dinner there.
If you’re a picky eater, then you should have no problem finding something to your liking at Diez y Seis. Offerings galore are available to tantalize your taste buds, including starters like El Chompiras Guacamole, a super-fresh guac with poached lobster, key lime and dragonfruit; it’s perfect on a hot Miami Day. Heavier options like Queso Fundido de Hongos (melted cheese with Mexican truffles) and Sopes with chipotle braised chicken are great for sharing before the main attractions, while Empanada Suizas stuffed with oaxaca cheese should be kept all to yourself — they’re easily one of the highlights on the menu.
When it comes to tacos, you can’t go wrong with Steak Tacos. Two reasons: They use a sweet plantain tortilla, and they have a chimichurri crema that goes beautifully with the protein. Diners preferring a little crunch can choose one of three tostadas; fans of Icardi’s Delano restaurant will find some welcome similarities between this restaurant’s Tuna Tostadas and Leynia’s tuna pizza (a personal favorite). For hungrier patrons, the Short Ribs with spiced mole will leave you with leftovers; we had some the next day and it was still exceptional. There truly is something for every palate and appetite here.
You probably won’t have room after dinner, but if you do, fill up on Red Velvet Churros, which are exactly what they sound like. That’s what we love about this place: Guests will not leave Diez y Seis hungry. Chef Icardi and his delectable menu make sure of it.