Michael's Genuine- Miami

Sunday morning we checked out of the hotel and hopped in a cab for one last vacation meal at Michael's Genuine. This bustling spot in Miami's Design District has been a regular on restaurant hit lists since its doors opened back in 2007.  Inside guests can watch all of the action from the open kitchen while outside the courtyard boats more of a comfy, serene atmosphere perfect for enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I was determined to close out this trip eating as much seafood as I possibly could beginning with the Yellowfin Tuna Crudo; a vibrant blend of pink peppercorn, basil and lime with spicy serrano chili and juicy blood orange slices.

Second some Florida Stone Crab Claws served with a classic mustard creme sauce.  I absolutely adore Stone Crabs; they're much more mild than Snow Crabs (which I find too rich) or Blue Crabs (too sweet). The only problem with these perfect little beauties is the price.  It was about $38 for each one of these claws...making this dish around $80 for quite a small amount of meat.   Good thing vacation money doesn't really matter (right?).

Crispy Rice Cake with chorizo, Florida rock shrimp, chili aioli and a farm egg.  This dish has been on Michael's Genuine menu since day one and continues to be one of the most popular items for its crispy herb laced exterior and spicy, creamy inside full of fresh seafood.  

We closed out the meal with a sampling of pastries including a delicious sticky Banana Toffee Bun and an fluffy marshmallow Tres Leches French Toast; neither of which got a picture snapped because they were devoured too quickly. Overall Michael's Genuine was fantastic and a place I would recommend to anyone.  I loved the small plate concept for brunch (something more NYC places need to do) and both the service and atmosphere were perfect.  Until we meet again Miami...

Michael's Genuine
130 NE 40th Street
Miami, Florida 33137