Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Miami

Zuma
Zuma - which has outposts in London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Istanbul - has a home in Miami, and what a home it is. Decked out by interior designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu, the décor is suitably decadent and the food even more so.
Versailles
Cuban classics abound on the menu at Versailles (ignore the French name), which is always packed out with locals. A good sign, if ever there was one.
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Tongue and Cheek
Tongue & Cheek doesn't take itself too seriously but the relaxed vibe belies the genius in the kitchen. 
The River
You can always go Downtown, someone once said - and that's exactly what we recommend you do for The River, which serves up piled-high plates of sumptuous seafood.
The Forge
Scarface would have eaten here, Scarface wannabes eat here now. The wine cellar is enormous and the food - a mixture of meats and seafood - is verging on the outstanding. Book well in advance for your Wednesday night thriller.
The Dutch
Understated glamour and excellent neighbourhood cooking in the W South Beach...
The Cypress Room
A timely reminder that fine dining still has its place and starched table cloths and buttoned-up waiters aren't just the reserve of period dramas.
Talavera
Waving the flag for authentic Mexcian cuisine in Miami is Talavera, which champions a menu of intense flavours. Be sure to wash everything down with a margarita or three.
Swine Southern Table and Bar
As Homer said, 'Mmmm......bacon'. 
Sushi Samba Dromo
Spot the celebrities between mouthfuls and then pretend you weren't looking.
Sugarcane
Spacious and sumptuous, Sugarcane draws on inspiration from Havana Nights with beamed ceilings and oversized fans; its menu, which combines a number of different cuisines, is a triumph.
Spiga
No attitude, just good Italian food in a smart setting.
Smith & Wollensky
Meaty classics by the waterside.
Setai Grill
Be lulled into the sumptuousness of dark wooden panelling and pearl that cocoons the Setai and prepare for a feast. 
Romeo’s Café
Romeo will take your breath away in his darling little café.
Pubbelly
A critically acclaimed gastropub in Miami Beach, the small dishes at Pubbelly have an Asian twist and more than one nod from the James Beard Foundation.
Prime One Twelve
Excellent steak, a prime location and the type of clientele that the paparazzi loves.
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Osteria del Teatro
Top Italian in the heart of the South Beach freak show.
Ortanique
You'd never guess that co-owner and chef Cindy Hutson was self-taught; the menu at Ortanique is to-dine-for, fusing together cuisines from South America, North America, Asia and the Caribbean.
Ola
Ola's cerviche's hit the spot.
Nobu
There's sushi, and then there's Nobu Matsuhisa's sushi. Opened in 1999, Las Vegas Nobu, which earned a four-star rating from Mobil, is one of the brightest stars in Matsuhisa's stellar culinary empire.
NIU Kitchen
A Catalan tapas restaurant, NIU Kitchen casts a gastronomic glow over its corner of Downtown Miami with its flavour-packed dishes.
Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink is a rarity among Miami restaurants: simple, snazzed-up comfort food based on green, 'slow food' credentials, that doesn't cost the earth.  
Mercadito
Meat Market
As the name suggests, Meat Market is where bloodthirsty carnivores come to indulge in doorstop-sized slabs of perfectly-cooked meat; vegetarians beware!
Macchialina
As it says on the menu, 'Life is a combination of magic and pasta' and Macchialina does a pretty good job of delivering on both....
La Provencal
Fabulous French fare is served up at La Provencal, where culinary superstar chefs Terrou and Antoniotti have crafted the perfect menu.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio
A Peruvian restaurant in the luxe surrounds of the Mandarin Oriental, La Mar by Gaston Acurio offers superlative cuisine and views of the Miami skyline.
La Locanda
Two small-time restaurateurs stick two fingers up at the flashy South Beach restaurants.
Khong River House
Sublimely authentic Thai food with a gin selection to match. 
Katsuya
Undeniably some of the finest sushi in Miami in equally delicious surroundings. 
Juvia
With the panoramic, penthouse view, the lithe, Latino bods languidly lounging and the exquisite creations on your plate you'll need a third eye to soak it all up.... 
Joe’s Stone Crab
Joe's Stone Crabs are where it's at if you are a crab fanatic.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille
A pleasing local restaurant which runs alongside it's sister fish market which means this is about as fresh as fresh gets when it comes to seafood.
Escopazzo
Highly rated authentic Italian cuisine in an unlikely location.
El Palacio de los Jugos
El Palacio de los Jugos is a firm family favourite in the Flagami neighbourhood, serving up authentic Cuban food and fresh, natural juices.
Dolce Italian
Drag yourself off the beach and into this haven of Italian refinement for the finest Italian on the landmark Collins Avenue. 
De Rodriguez on Ocean
Owned and run by chef Douglas Rodriguez - something of a celebrity in South Beach and once name-dropped by Newsweek - De Rodriquez on Ocean serves up high-end Cuban cuisine on Ocean Drive.

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