Located in the tiny Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key, Azul is the only restaurant in Miami with both Biscayne Bay and Downtown skyline views. Said maritime and cosmopolitan vistas can be admired from the nicely breezy outdoor terrace or inside behind glorious floor-to-ceiling windows. But once the plates are set down, all eyes are on the mostly seafood-based mains, which are marvellously prepared and presented (forgive them if the menu descriptions contain too many ingredients and somewhat frou-frou titles that include phrases such as ‘a study in tuna’). The open kitchen, clad in white marble, is state-of-the-art and helmed by executive chef Clay Conley. It’s been cited as the city’s standout hotel restaurant (Miami Herald) and also – with more than 700 well-considered selections – for its ‘Best Wine Service’ (Miami Magazine). Thus, Azul, oozing sophistication, is one of Miami’s top reservations. For pre- or post-dinner drinks, M-Bar at the other end of the Mandarin Oriental’s lobby boasts an impressive 250 varieties of martini in its armoury.