I am convinced that each trip to The Dutch at the W South Beach is better than the last. From its location at the W Hotel Miami Beach, to the friendly staff, each time dining at The Dutch provides a uniquely genuine experience. My most recent trip to sample the new Spring menu and cocktails was no exception.
The evening began at The Living Room, the hotel lobby bar that packs more than just a punch. We were greeted with an array of handcrafted cocktails, reminiscent of memorable experiences.
As a self-proclaimed Bourbon lover, I opted to begin the night with the Bourbon Wash Manhattan. Made with Sweet Vermouth, Whiskey Barrel bitters, dry curaçao, and bacon fat washed bourbon, this cocktail is perfect for swine lovers. On the sweeter side, the Rum With Me cocktail feels like a lazy day by the pool— made with aged dark rum, fresh squeezed lime juice, coconut creme, pineapple, basil and granulated brown sugar.
The meal itself began at our beautiful family style table on the patio, just off the main dining room. Helmed by Executive Chef Adonay Tafur, the new Spring menu has something to offer for everyone.
We began with the Tomato Salad, an interesting interpretation of a Greek Salad, this dish features fresh bright red tomatoes, basil seeds, cucumber, sliced radish and goat cheese. Any tomato lover (like myself) must order this dish.
The classic Prime Steak Tartare with earthy shitakes is finished with a drizzling of cognac aioli and crusty rye bread.
Pasta is life, and The Dutch more than delivers. This course began with Spaghetti and Manila clams and Spanish chorizo. Completed by Artichoke Ravioli with black truffle and pecorino cheese. Any self-respecting pasta lover would enjoy either of these perfect springtime pasta renditions; and truthfully, I suggest you order one of each.
The entrees began with Red Snapper Moqueca served atop spiced lobster broth and refreshing xuxu slaw.
A meaty Berkshire Pork Chop al pastor is served with Anson mills blue corn grits. Let me stop here and make something very clear: those were the BEST grits of my entire life. I could absolutely live off them, and would gladly Uber to The Dutch any day of the week for an unhealthy helping that I will refuse to share.
Served with coconut rice and chickpea curry, the Jerk Chicken is a great example of balanced flavors— from sweet, spicy, savory, and charred.
No trip to The Dutch is complete without sampling one (or all) of critically acclaimed Pastry Chef Josh Gripper’s latest sweet creations. The dessert tasting began with Strawberry Peach ice cream cake complete with roasted peaches and amaretti cookies. For chocolate lovers, there is the decadent Chocolate peanut butter crunch— served with caramel popcorn and raspberry ice cream. And in true Gripper style, the final dish for the evening was a classic fruit pie with a stunning lattice topping. The Plum Rhubarb Pie hits all the right notes of nostalgia and is served with tarragon anglaise and buttermilk sorbet.
Don’t miss out on this season’s menu at The Dutch. From drinks, to dinner, and desserts, there is something for everyone to enjoy and shamelessly order seconds.
2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach FL
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