With summer upon us, restaurants are jazzing up their menus across South Beach! I had heard about the delicious options available at The DiLido Beach Club located at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach (1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL) for quite some time so I was elated when I was invited to sample from their inviting menu.
I will preface this review by saying how much I LOVE seafood! It must come from my being half Peruvian, but I could live off of various fish and seafood dishes happily for the rest of my life.
Their menu offers raw options, small plates, salads, and ‘Land & Sea’ options that can be enjoyed alone or with any size group. Seating is set-up facing the beach so you definitely enjoy quite a view while enjoying your lunch.
To begin, we sampled their Local Grouper & Grilled Shrimp Ceviche which features avocado, roasted butternut squash, cilantro, and crispy corn. I’m a big connoisseur of ceviche and this version definitely is a favorite! From all the appetizers, this one was my favorite and could have easily enjoyed the portion as a stand-alone meal but sharing it allowed me to taste other dishes!
The butternut squash and crispy corn kernels are reminiscent to that of traditional Peruvian ceviche.
Since I don’t eat much sushi, I’ve not sampled much tuna so I’m glad the Yellowfin Tuna Tiradito & Queen Conch was recommended. The combination of the Yellowfin Tun and the Queen Conch was scrumptious!
Almost every restaurant I’ve been to as of late features calamari as an appetizer but I can assure you, the DiLido’s Calamari a la Plancha is like nothing you have ever had before! The main difference between their calamari and what you’ve sampled before is that its not deep fried.
What it does have are baby artichokes, potatoes, roasted garlic aioli, and “piccata vinaigrette.” This was a very close second best after the ceviche.
I was pretty full at this point because I couldn’t stop nibbling the appetizers! For my main dish, I ordered their Surf N’ Turf Wrap. Inside the wrap you will find Churrasco, grilled shrimp, guacamole, lettuce, cotija cheese, and black beans. On the side they serve plenty of nacho chips and a DELICIOUS salsa.
I will be honest, I did not finish my wrap while I was there because I was honestly too full! But last night I was at an event and when I got home, it was waiting for me!!
It was even nicer when I could really sit down to enjoy it.
Making a special appearance in some of the photos are the various sangrias I enjoyed! I tried the Peach Mango Sangria (pinot noir, brandy, lime, orange liquor), Watermelon Strawberry Sangria (sparkling rosé, orange, blossom, rose water, citrus) and the Star Fruit Sangria (sparkling wine, brandy, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry).
These are the perfect accompaniment to any of these dishes and very welcoming on a hot summer day dishes.
The DiLido Beach Club will also feature the following all season long:
FAR EAST SUMMER NIGHTS
Celebrate hot summer nights in a cool, chic ambiance by heading FAR EAST to the oceanfront DiLido Beach Club, 5-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Enjoy Japanese delicacies straight from the Robata Grill including ponzu raddichio, skirt, portabello mushrooms and chicken wings, starting at $6. Sip on Asian-inspired cocktails ($12 each/$35 a carafe) listening to a deejay spin lounge music, enjoying the ocean breeze at this people-watching playground at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.
D.B.C (Down-home. Beachfront. Crab boil)
Southern charm meets South Beach chic for a Sunday, Oceanside escape at DiLido Beach Club. Gather with friends and family from 4-7 p.m. every Sunday for a relaxed afternoon of people-watching and indulging in ocean views, live music and traditional Southern food with all the fixins’. Enjoy an unlimited display of whole blue crab, succulent shrimp, red bliss potatoes and flavorful sausage for $39 with $10 Southern Comfort Tea Cocktails and $5 Blue Moon Beers. Create a new week-end ritual with all the comforts and beauty of home.
Make sure you stop by and enjoy dishes by Chef de Cuisine Andrew Balick and his talented staff all summer long! To view their full menu, click here and don’t forget to follow them via FB via this link.