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