Bourbon Steak, Miami
1999 West Country Club Drive
Aventura, Florida 33180
Reviewed & Photographed by: Tom House
Food & Service: We decide to visit Bourbon Steak, Miami for their five year anniversary party, and perhaps even meet the Celebrity Chef and restaurant empire owner Chef Michael Mina himself. At last count, Chef Mina owns seventeen restaurants across the USA, so the fact that Chef Mina would be at Bourbon Steak, Miami this evening made our decision that much easier. We at DinnerReviews.com© are long-time fans of this iconic chef and restaurateur.
Located inside the regal Turnberry Isle Resort, we are surrounded by sheer opulence from the moment we enter the long driveway, right on through the heavy glass doors of Bourbon Steak itself. We stop at the hostess stand and are quickly ushered to the half square bar facing the sprawling dining room. Every place setting at the bar is complete and ready for full dining, but our plan is to wait for one of the tables in the dining room. Well groomed, professional bartenders approach and within minutes we are sipping giant Belvedere Dirty Martinis and munching on Truffle Popcorn cleverly designed to whet the appetite and our thirst.
The award-winning Bourbon Steak is Michael Mina’s signature steakhouse is a part of the many popular Mina-branded restaurants. With five locations around the USA, each sporting its own distinctive ambiance and décor, Bourbon Steak offers modern American fare featuring all natural, organic and hormone-free cuts of beef that are slow-poached in butter and cooked on a wood burning grill. We were totally psyched up for our dinner ahead as the hostess seats us at our table after a pleasant 20 minute wait.
We quickly receive three different kinds of Bourbon Steak’s Duck Fat French Fries with coinciding ketchup too. These are so delicious, and some of these condiments have a spicy kick too! After a mini Amuse Bouche’ of Smoked Salmon, sour cream, caviar and egg perched atop a tasty little fritter, we are ready for dinner.
A Collection of Michael Mina’s Classic Dishes menu specially created for this Five Year Anniversary evening is next! Of course the courses would be smaller than full size entrees, but the flavors promise to be gigantic. Each dish is designed to pair with a selected wine if we choose, but we also order a half bottle of 2007 Patz and Hall Pinot Noir to enjoy throughout the meal.
First up is Ahi Tuna Tartare, made with Ancho Chile and Bosc Pear, then finished with sesame oil. This melt in your mouth appetizer is served with ice cold Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Reims Champagne and is the perfect combination. We settle in next for individual portions of Maine Lobster Pot Pie. Filled with chunks of lobster meat, truffle cream and seasonal vegetables, served in its own long handled copper pot wrapped in a white serviette. Delicious and steaming hot, we sip some Pierre Matrot Chardonnay from Mersault France to go along with this masterfully delicious yet simple dish. Elegant comfort food at its best.
After a relaxing break in the action and some words with Bourbon Steak’s Sommelier, we are gazing upon Miso-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, with Matsutake Mushrooms and a superb Dashi Broth. As a student of Japanese language and culture, I thought this to be the best Dashi broth I have tasted. After one bite of the Sea Bass, we declare this as our favorite dish of the night so far. The Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir from Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir was a risky choice with such a delicate fish, and I would have chosen something different. The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from the exact same region would have been much better. The poor choice in wine pairing did not change the fact that this piece of fish and its delicate preparation was truly excellent from start to finish.
We were pleased when Chef Michael Mina stopped by our table to chat for a while. We found him to be a super cool guy. Michael is very approachable and soft spoken, as he tells us how proud he is to be celebrating his fifth year here at Turnberry Isle. He sincerely thanked us for coming, and moved off through his dining room greeting friends and strangers with an equally genuine warmth.
Next on the culinary docket is a Duo of Prime Beef, including Glazed Short Ribs and New York Strip Steak, both nestled in the luxury of a Hudson Valley Foie Gras emulsion. The Patz & Hall Pinot Noir we ordered was the perfect match for this course. We sample the suggested wine with this course, a Numanthia Temperanillo from Toro Spain, finding it to be a very good pairing as well. Between each course, seamless service is the star, including marking our positions with sparkling fresh silverware and the constant wiping and maintaining of our table. Impressive!
Just when we are sure it could not get any better, an incredible dessert is placed before us. Feeling full, we dig in anyways, getting lost in Bourbon Steak’s Chocolate Molten Cake with a rich Ganache and Malted Milk Ice Cream. I forgot how much I love the flavor of malted milk, and having it made into an ice cream was truly brilliant. We lingered over the exquisite flavors as long as we could…until our plates were clean and cleared!
This anniversary dinner was $125 per person, and with the addition of the wine pairing, another $55 each. Even though our dinner was astronomically expensive, it was truly worth it. If you are going to splurge and treat yourself to a lavish dinner, Bourbon Steak, Miami is an excellent choice. Don’t let the concerns of a pricey meal steer you away from this wonderful restaurant, as you can easily dine here at an affordable price too. Best of all, service is phenomenal and the atmosphere memorable. This is a great place to celebrate special occasions or just for dinner on the way to a show. Every visit here is special.
There is a reason why Chef Michael Mina is wildly successful in the restaurant business nationwide, and if you want to find out for yourself, it is all on display right here in Aventura, Florida at Bourbon Steak, Miami inside the Turnberry Isle Resort Hotel. Tell them Tom House from @DinnerReviews sent you!