Caribbean Influences Abound in Essensia’s New Menu

A lot has changed since our last visit to Essensia. Former Executive Chef Venoy Rogers has moved on, and Executive Chef Julie Frans is now leading the kitchen. Chef Frans is no stranger to the restaurant at The Palms Hotel & Spa: She’s back at the helm after taking a two-year break that included plenty of travel around the globe. What you see on the seasonal menu is inspired by these journeys.

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Essensia Restaurant + Lounge Welcomes Summer With Bright and Beautiful Dishes

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To say that Essensia is a great restaurant would be an understatement. Nestled inside The Palms Hotel & Spa, this upscale Mid-Beach restaurant fuses global influences for flavorful dishes that delight the senses. After trying out their latest seasonal fare and getting a sneak peek of their Miami Spice offerings, all the praise in our previous review still stands — and then some.

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Wag Wednesday: Jeremy LaFave & Bentley

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Over the past year, we’ve interviewed many members of the hospitality industry, and one constant among the interviewees has been a profound love for their pets. We thought it would be great to share this love with our readers. That’s why we launched an ongoing feature called “Wag Wednesday” to showcase industry peeps and their pets. Know someone who wants to be featured? Email us at bark@miamifoodpug.com.

This week, we’re featuring Jeremy LaFave, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at The Palms Hotel & Spa and Circa 39 Hotel, and his Yorkie, Bentley. Read more