I stumbled into a great Miami Spice deal of a dinner at Tongue and Cheek so I gave it another go at Restaurant Michael Schwartz, his newest venture. The restaurant is at The Raleigh Hotel, with tables scattered outside near the pool.
I chose the Lobster salad, toasted brioche, frisee for my first course.
Carina's appetizer was a better deal with a generous portion of Grass fed beef carpaccio, parmesan, preserved lemon, capers, arugula.
The entree fared better for me but not so much for Carina.
Harvey Cedars fish stew, saffron aioli, parsley croutons
Carina got the Grilled skirt steak salad, shaved fennel slaw, fried chickpeas, aioli
The one course that we were both happy about was the dessert
Corn and blueberry bread pudding, buttermilk gelato, candied pistachio
Buttered popcorn gelato brownie sundae, salted caramel cracker jack
Restaurant Michael Schwartz had the potential to serve a great meal - the flavors of most of the dishes we had (minus the skirt steak) was good, yet the Miami Spice lunch fell short of expectation. If they didn't want to serve an expensive lunch for the prix fixe deal, I think customers would've been happier with a better executed salad than that tiny lobster roll.
Restaurant Michael Schwartz
The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139