If you are looking for a bargain in restaurants, you are reading the wrong review. The motto has always been, “you get what you pay for.” That tried and true slogan applies whole-heartily to the BLT Steak in Miami Beach, FL. I visited this posh restaurant one evening while on a trip. Not knowing exactly what to expect, the cabbie dropped my companion and me off at the front entrance, and we made our way into the impressive, beautifully designed, “5-star” quality restaurant.
We were greeted by the staff and guided to our more-than-comfortable, aesthetic seats. The décor was airy and light with eclectic art on the walls. Our waiter was friendly, yet professional. I thought to myself, “I’m already enjoying myself and I haven’t had one bite to eat yet.” On our right was a couple visiting from out of town, a toy salesman and his wife, who gushed over the quality of their meal. To the left of us sat a famous journalist and her husband who works in television. So far, my dining companion and I were in good company!
Our waiter read us the specials and we placed our orders. With such a vast selection, it was difficult to choose, but we managed to narrow things down. We sampled a variety of tasty appetizers ranging from Roasted Tomatoes to Potato Gratin. One specialty I had heard so much about, the Parmesan Gnocchi, was addicting and melted right in my mouth; I almost filled up on it before the main course.
We ingested Roasted Maine Lobster with Meyer Butter Sauce, Sautéed Dover Sole with Soy Caper Brown Butter, Cab New York Strip, 7 Spice Duck Breast with Foie Gras, and Mango Mustarda. This culinary experience was beyond heavenly, and more than filling. As coveting eyes watched us feast, we were compelled to share our food with our neighbors on the left, who happily helped us finish our main courses. The entrees were so delicious that I had to loosen my belt more than twice. I was stuffed, but I still wanted more.
After taking a moment to digest our food, our wonderful waiter enticed us with sumptuous desserts. Between the Crêpe Soufflé, Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Banana Ice Cream, and the Caramelized Cheesecake, I could not decide which one of these palatable treats was my favorite. (Yes we ate them all, but shared.) My pupils dilated when the waiter offered up the Key Lime Panna Cotta Coconut Sorbet as a chaser. My dining companion dove right in, leaving only a small bite for me. As full as I was, I still had to have a taste. And just as everything had tasted so far, that Key Lime sorbet was equally delicious.
There’s a lot to say about BLT Steak. First of all, the wait staff was friendly and personable, but not too personable; they came out at just the right time, knew their stuff, and based upon what we told them we liked, they helped us choose wisely. Secondly, the menu had just the right amount of meal choices; and surprising to me, the prices were more than reasonable. Thirdly, and probably the most important quality, the food itself was so delicious. Every morsel satisfied me with its burst of flavorful seasoning . . . plus the cuisine was exquisite in its presentation.
I would love to come back one day and enjoy a meal at BLT Steak when I am in Miami Beach again. This restaurant is perfect for a date or a business meeting; or for just coming out anytime (morning, noon, or night) and enjoying a meal at one of Miami Beach’s most prized restaurants; BLT Steak also has an impressive breakfast and lunch menu. Thank you chef Matt Ratcliffe for making my trip so tasty. As far as bargains go? I would like to retract my earlier statement. With BLT Steak you get what you pay for and so much more!
1440 Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(Between 14th Street and 14th Place)
(305) 673-0044 for Reservations