This elevated Peruvian eatery from internationally acclaimed chef-restaurateur Gastón Acurio offers a menu (overseen by Acurio protégé Diego Oka) that ranges from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood cebiche. Located at the chic Mandarin Hotel in Brickell Bay, the romantic setting includes stunning views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline.
“..Gastón Acurio has masterfully taken his creations to the bay-front Mandarin Oriental and opened possibly the best new restaurant of the year, plating causas (whipped potatoes served in a mini-boat under stuff like tuna tartare and grilled octopus), beef anticuchos, and adobo slow-cooked beef cheeks stew, all in a space with a sweeping view of Brickell and the bay.” – Thrillist
“A punchy classic ceviche -- studded with soft chunks of sweet potato and toothsome kernels of giant corn -- offers firm, nearly translucent, uniformly sized slices of fluke in a bright-yellow lime bath with a generous helping of the ground Peruvian yellow pepper ají amarillo. Another holds perfect, gem-like cubes of velvety, ruby-red tuna and crisp cucumber disks with sesame oil and toasted nori emboldening the lime juice wass. ... A trio of nigiri offerings showcases La Mar's smooth combination of Japanese and Peruvian flavors and techniques. Two thumb-size balls of aggressively vinegared sushi rice are topped with slivers of fried sweet potato for texture and well-seasoned, briefly grilled slices of yellowtail, creating a crunchy hot-cold bite that surpasses your neighborhood sushi bar's most decadent selections. The sushi bar also steals a dab of the smoky anticucho sauce, which cooks over a coconut-charcoal-burning grill and is glazed onto char-grilled beef hearts, prawns, and octopus. A pair of skewered chicken thighs is cooked to the perfect point, when the dark, fatty meat is still juicy but not undercooked. They're also slicked with a bit of the anticucho sauce, which balances out each delectable bite.” – Miami New Times
The space, designed by Arquitectura, offers indoor/outdoor seating and three lively bars. Contemporary and low-lit, the dining room is wrapped in wood and warm neutrals, save for bright, teal-banded chairs hinting at the sea. Outside? Waterside dining overlooking Biscayne Bay.
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131