Miami’s private paradise, Grove Isle, is proud to welcome a new restaurant, beach club, boutique hotel and spa, entitled Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle, set to open to the public today. Located on the luxurious lush island just a quarter mile off Coconut Grove, Palmeiras was conceptualized by hospitality gurus Sami Kohen and Jacques Wulffaert, who have partnered with Grove Isle’s developers Eddy Avila, Hector Fernandez and Jorge Pinto, and will offer a myriad of dining experiences from celebrated Chef Alfredo Alvarez.
Palmeiras Beach Club has incorporated the established Grove Isle experience and created a modern yet, contemporary vision. The main attraction will be at the dining room helmed by Chef Alvarez, who opened the lavish champagne poppin’ party and celebrity hot-spot, Seasalt & Pepper on the Miami River. Guests will be able to dine indoor and outdoor or reserve a space in the 20-seat private dining room.
“When dining alongside the beautiful open water, one clearly yearns for seaside cuisine,” explains Alvarez. “At Palmeiras, I have incorporated my favorite dishes from my travels and training across Europe and brought them to the stunning Miami coastline.”
Some of the highlights from the Mediterranean focused menu include:
-Seared Sepia with caramelized baby artichokes, feta cheese, mint tabbouleh, tomato confit, chorizo, and piquillo pepper
-House Salumeria with prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, salami al finocchietto, house cheeses, mustard, and dates
-Lobster and Tuna Cornets, Key lime, mache, frisee, tarragon, snow peas, lychees and soy dressing
-Fruit de Mer, featuring seasonal oysters, poached wild African shrimp, steamed half Maine lobster, Alaska king crab legs and stone crabs priced individually or presented in the traditional seafood towers à la the South of France
-Carciofo Raviolone, homemade delicate pasta filled with ricotta, flashed baby artichokes, tomato, sage, and finished with lemon
-Tagliolini en Brodo, made in-house with rich Reggiano broth, with arugula, crisp lardon, thyme, parmesan, and garlic chips
Chef Alvarez goes above and beyond serving dishes like a Mediterranean Turbot with tomatillo sauce, fennel, snow peas, pearl onion, tomato confit, carrots and sturgeon caviar; Branzino with its golden crisped skin, along with garlic broccolini, baby zucchini, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and herbs d’Provence; and the 14 oz. “Duroc” Pork Chop with compressed green apples, glazed fennel, celery, shallot purée, passion fruit au jus. Save room for the Palmeiras’ Chocolate Feast coated with the finest Valrhona chocolate, black and white ganache, chocolate soil, Grand Marnier ice cream, candied pecans, and blood orange coulis.
For those lounging at the properties Perrier-Jouët Chef’s Table or Taittinger Lounge and Beach Club guests can sip champagne and cocktails by day or night as they enjoy music, a magnificent ambiance and delicious bites from either the main dining room or pool menu.
The Mediterranean-by-way-of-Miami ambience of Palmeiras Beach Club doesn’t stop at the food; the décor from outside in is decidedly an ode to the European beachside. Inside the all-white dining room, hand painted ceilings by resident artists James and Kate Hahn highlight soft ocean waters, while the al fresco patio will evoke the Greek Isles with its white and blue wood tables and chairs, intimate romantic dining nooks, and an unparalleled view of breezy Biscayne Bay. Palmeiras Beach Club can be reached by car or boat – valet parking and docking (including yachts) are available day and night.
Grove Isle seems to have made a serious comeback and it’s a good one.