Chef Michelle Bernstein’s 50-seat bistro on Miami’s Upper East Side may be small in size, but it’s bold in design, featuring orange-covered booths, capiz shell chandeliers, and a deep blue floor and ceiling. In creating her "luxurious comfort food,” Bernstein relies almost exclusively on ingredients provided by local, sustainable resources. What results are seasonal dishes such as yellow tail snapper with Malaysian curry and chupe de mariscos, featuring fish caught off the Florida, clams, scallops, and shrimp. Bernstein’s signature bread pudding, flavored with cognac and topped with vanilla ice cream, is a no-brainer for dessert.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
For two years, chef Michelle Bernstein’s cobalt blue dining room has been one of the most popular spots in town. Her dishes incorporate influences from Latin America to Europe—gently fried Cuban-style <em>croquetas</em> are filled with strips of Gorgonzola—and the outstanding wine list includes obscure bottles such as a 2004 Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rouge and a 2004 Albert Boxler Alsatian Chasselas.
We loved: Duck-leg confit with wilted cabbage and cranberry-orange relish.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.