When we heard The Dutch was closing at W South Beach, we were bummed. Former pastry chef Josh Gripper had only recently become executive chef at the restaurant, and we didn’t really get much time to see him shine. Thankfully, he’s continuing in that role at The Dutch’s replacement: The Restaurant at W South Beach (RWSB).
That name doesn’t sound exciting on its own, but once you experience the menu that Chef Gripper and his team have put together, there’s a lot of excitement to be had. For brunch, you can expect American classics with flair such as French Toast with lemon cream and toasted hazelnut, a Duck Hash with red eye gravy and a Jerk Chicken and Waffle. On paper, the fare sounds familiar but Chef Gripper keeps it interesting with his own little touches. If brunch isn’t your thing, the menu offers less breakfast-y bites like an Organic Grains bowl and various pizzas as well.
Because of the variety, RWSB is a great spot to bring both adventurous and not-so-adventurous eaters. One thing everyone can agree on, though, are the desserts. While we didn’t have room for them this time, our previous pastry experiences at the hotel have been nothing less than stellar — especially with Chef Gripper at the helm. We have to warn you that the restaurant has been open a little over a month now, so the brunch menu may have seen a few changes since our visit. With that said, one thing likely hasn’t changed: the quality.