Sarah Ivens, resident Jaunt Magazine Contributor, is the founding Editor-in-Chief of OK! Weekly and the best-selling author of ‘The Modern Girl’s Guide to Etiquette.’ Originally from London, she now lives in the beautiful Bluegrass state of Kentucky. This week, she fills us in on an old haunt, The Delano in Miami, only this time, she’s gettin’ knee deep into the grub at their onsite seafood spot, Blue Door Fish.
MIAMI NICE by Sarah Ivens
We all know that The Delano has always been the one-stop-shop for glamour, art and relaxation on South Beach. Designed by the King of Hotel Chic, Philippe Starck, the lobby is overloaded with unique treasures by world-renowned artists such as Antonio Gaudi, Man Ray, Charles and Ray Eames, Salvador Dali and Mark Newson.
And as for the pool?
No one could argue that floating around on giant waterproof pillows while surrounded by palm trees and handsome waiters offering complimentary ice pops is anything other than a soul saver. Yet, until last month, there were better places to get dinner. This has all changed with super-chef Claude Troisgros new culinary enclave, Blue Door Fish. Now, guests really have no need to venture outside apart from to soak their toes in the Kokomo-waters of the sandy strip next to the hotel.
My husband Russ is a seafood fanatic. This makes him very fussy. While he weighed up his options carefully, I did what I do best: munch my way through a bread basket. I’ve always thought the baked goods offered in a restaurant are a great sign of the overall quality of the place and the respect they have for their customers. This selection was outstanding: parmesan crackers that forcefully assaulted the tongue, over-sized breadsticks than managed to avoid the usual dry dustiness of lesser batons and plump, warm rolls with softly salty butter. I was in heaven and I hadn’t even ordered yet.
After carefully perusing the menu over a chilled glass of Californian rose, Russ chose seared yellowfin tuna, marinated in daikon with a soy-lime-ginger dressing, followed by Dover sole, cooked & served on the bone ‘Claude’s way’, with almond & caper brown butter and truffled potato foam. I chose a seemingly simple tomato salad, ‘ sherried’ with fresh mozzarella & basil, that was the freshest dish I have ever tasted (and I will dream about for years to come) and grilled red snapper, flavored with a tomato, black olives, capers, anchovy & basil sauce and served with baby bok choy with garlic chips. Russ didn’t talk to me for the first fifteen minutes of our meal, which is an excellent sign. To be fair, I didn’t do much talking either. We communicated in grins and happy sighs. Then the desserts arrived: a decadent, creamy eruption of chocolate and vanilla ice cream and a tangy cheesecake smothered in fresh berries and sweet raspberry coulis, and all we could do was laugh, swap plates every few mouthfuls and look up at the stars in the clear night sky with delight.
For reservations at Blue Door Fish call: 305 674 6400
The Delano, 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139