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AQ Destinations: Where a Top Chef Eats in Miami

Juan Manuel Barrientos, one of Latin America’s most in-demand young chefs, gives us his recommendations for eating out in Miami.

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This article is adapted from AQ‘s print issue on youth in Latin America

Lauded for making the “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants” list three years in a row, Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos is known for his creativity. He launched his first U.S. venture, ElCielo, in 2015 in Miami. Barrientos shares his top recommendations.

Edited by Francisco Martínez Díaz-Granados

Brunch
Bachour Bakery + Bistro, Brickell

My favorites are the guava croissants, the couscous risotto with truffles, the avocado toast, and the mimosas – but what I love most is the warm and attentive staff.

600 Brickell Avenue
bbistromiami.com

Business Lunch
Zuma, Downtown

A modern, high-end Japanese restaurant overlooking the Miami River, their variety of light dishes allows for uninterrupted conversation.

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
zumarestaurant.com

Tasting Menu
ElCielo, Brickell

ElCielo, of course! The Journey, a 14-course tasting menu featuring plates such as beef rolls with suero costeño and a chamomile panna cotta, was designed to be enjoyed with all your senses.

31 SE 5th St.
elcielorestaurant.com

Nightcap
Broken Shaker, Miami Beach

One of the best bars in the United States, the garden and pool at this open-air venue create an unbeatable ambiance where you can disconnect.

2727 Indian Creek Dr.
freehandhotels.com

Personal Favorite
Sapore di Mare, Coconut Grove

The branzino carpaccio is my go-to appetizer. Don’t miss the Cacio e Pepe, prepared in a parmigiano reggiano block and served with shaved truffles on top.

3111 Grand Ave.
saporedimare.com

 

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