At The Hotel
801 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Date of Last Visit: Friday, December 19th
The Victim: Dad
The Damage: $150
The Background: These Florida posts are a long time coming. I only just finished them all. Enjoy!
I've just flown in from London. I've convinced my dad that we should spend the night in Miami and be tourists. I don't actually expect him to say "Yes" to this. But he does!
I have visions and plans of prepping our restaurant list in advance. But somehow, I never quite get to this. So we rely on our concierge, who sells me on Wish because he says it's "French-Brazilian." Now doesn't that sound interesting?
The Entrance: Wish is really pretty. It's nicely lit and we have a table out in the courtyard, around a little fountain. I will give them points for ambience. Because after the 10 hour flight, Wish is perfect in its relaxingness.
The Service: Wins us over immediately. She volunteers her favorite items from the menu. She knows the wines by the glass. She's friendly and positive. She gets a nice tip from us at the end of the night.
The Food: Beef carpaccio to start. I've been thinking about the carpaccio at Richard's for days and am sucked right in once I see it here on the menu. It's nice. My dad and I fight over the last piece. I order the grilled swordfish as my main, and it's now too dark for any of my photos to come out nice without being all flash. It's served with bok choy and cauliflower. The vegetables aren't very exciting. They're like wedding reception vegetables. Just steamed. Nothing else. I'm not impressed. And my swordfish is salty. Very salty.
Some More Background: According to their Web site, Wish was voted one of the 50 best new restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. I think that was a long time ago.
The Verdict: I liked the atmosphere and the service. I liked the carpaccio. Not so keen on my main, and if you don't like your main, well, what's the point really?