Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lure Fishbar, Loews Hotel Miami Review

The tuna tacos at Lure Fishbar
Our stay at the Loews Hotel led us to an incredible dinner at Lure Fishbar.  We dined both off of the regular menu and the Miami Spice Menu ($39/person).  Below, you'll find my review of the drinks, ambiance, service, and of course, our meal.  A full dinner menu can be found online here. The full Miami Spice menu can be found here. 

The ambiance at the restaurant is really nice. The decore is nautical-sophisticate; wood paneling, and an old world feel.  This particular evening was very rainy, and the space felt cozy.  Starting off at the beautiful bar, the assortment of drink options is impressive. While you do pay South Beach prices for the drinks, it's one of the few places that makes the experience of emptying your wallet, a worthy one.  The select drink is the "Catch and Release," a blend of vodka, dolin blanc vermouth, pressed watermelon, served with a watermelon radish and matching a frozen watermelon ice cube. Very refreshing and not overly sweet. A great cocktail.
Tempura Shrimp appetizer at Lure Fishbar
The bar also serves food, and while we enjoyed our drinks, we snacked on tuna tataki ($16), and tuna tacos ($18)both very fresh and very flavorful.  Portions are small - the tacos came in threes, and the tataki, so delicious and topped with fried onions, was a delicate sliver.  Because I like my food, I also opted for the tempura shrimp ($17). Chunks of shrimp battered and fried, served with spicy mayo and black sesame seeds. Theses were both sweet and tart - perfect.
The tuna tataki with mandarin orange slices and crispy fried onions at Lure Fishbar

Dinner service began with a friendly waiter who was very chatty and enthusiastic.  The first little surprise were the complimentary cheddar bay biscuits. These are so good. They're rich, warm and have good texture.
Then, an unexpected and amazing surprise came to our table just before our main entree - this incredible Snow crab feast!  This included oysters (blue point, and kumamoto), jumbo shrimp cocktail, and blue crab cocktail.  The presentation was picture worthy.  Everything was very fresh.
Lure Fish Bar at the Loews Hotel in Miami
Dinner began with a complimentary appetizer  of some tostones, with flavorful grilled shrimp in an avocado and garlic salsa. This was included in the Miami Spice menu.
Amuse-Bouche: complimentary ap. Tostones topped with sauteed shrimp with cucumber, avocado, garlic sauce.
Entrees: salmon on a bed of sugar snap peas, and oyster mushrooms. This was good.  The portion is small (as pictured). I thought the mushrooms were sauteed to perfection and complimented the salmon well. Throughout our meal, everything was seasoned perfectly and flavor was bursting off the plate. The food here is excellent. 
Salmon with oyster mushrooms and sugar snap peas

Entree option two: swordfish with a roasted red pepper drizzle, served on Peruvian potato cake. Again, very flavorful. The potato cake is such a great addition to this dish. The sauce is not overpowering and a great compliment to the fish.

Dessert: sticky buns! Drizzled with a pecan caramel sauce?! SO good. You can't go wrong with this rich selection.

Option two: the Peanut Butter Chocolate Candy Bar - a homemade bar of delicious chocolate. The consistency is like a candy bar, not quite soft but not hard. It has a layer of chocolate mousse and is topped with passion fruit sorbet.
Overall, this was a superb dining experience. The food was so delicious, with the atmosphere and the service adding to a wonderful evening. Thank you, Lure Fish Bar!
Please note: a 20% gratuity is already added to your bill.  The waitstaff do make it a point to tell you in advance.


Left: Dress by Almost Famous; Right: Jeans are Blank NYC, top is Asos, Shoes are J.Crew, Bag is Old Navy.

Probably not the best night to wear a body hugging dress, but, I did! This black and white number is from Almost Famous clothing.  It's super comfortable and generally figure flattering despite the horizontal stripes.

Dress c/o Almost Famous
Shoes: Vince Allison Mules
Purse: Old Navy Saddle Bag
Necklace: J.Crew
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