We’re not vegan. Or vegetarian. In fact, we’re quite the contrary. Nonetheless, this restaurant came up in a conversation thanks to a friend who is. She convinced us to go and try it (with her guidance). It is one of the best decisions we’ve made. Plant Food + Wine really opened up our perspective as to how incredibly good (raw) vegan food can be. Plus, given it’s “healthy” component, it’s the perfect the package.
Although a bit hard to find (especially at night), crossing past the tall black gates and through the parking lot takes you almost to an entirely different world. You’re not in hectic Miami anymore–it’s all peaceful and serene. A long pool water extends through the front of the restaurant, which is composed of a terrace that merges through tall, fully open glass doors into the indoor portion of the location. The decor is minimal, but makes for a perfect ambiance of elegance, yet comfort. I recommend (if the weather allows) to sit on the terrace. It feels almost as if you were eating at your own house, except with more elaborate food…
- Cheese plate. The truffle and blue cheese are so good! The interesting thing about this is that, since it is vegan, the cheeses are actually made with unlikely (at least so we thought!) ingredients such as cashews. Oh, and the orange-ish slices on the side is that part of the watermelon you never eat soaked in vinegar. Delicious.
- Olives. Can’t go wrong with these.
- Smashed avocado. Sadly, no chips. So we got to try it with sunflower chia seed crisps instead. Although they were good, it’s a completely different taste than if you’re used to eating ‘guac and chips.
- Kimchi dumplings. I’m a big fan of dumplings, so this one really threw me off. Again, the taste (as everything else here) was good, but the texture and flavor are obviously so very different. They’re made of cilantro coconut wrappers and ginger foam.
- Zucchini lasagna. I swear this one tasted even better than meat lasagna. The sauce, in which you could feel the chunky tomatoes, was spectacular. The ricotta “cheese” was made with macadamia and covered with basil-mint pesto. Must order!!
- Watermelon steak. So when we heard steak, we obviously got a little excited. And clearly didn’t quite understand the contrast between watermelon… and steak. Basically, they cut up a long, rectangular chunk of juicy watermelon, and “cook” it with chimichurri on top. The mix of flavors explodes in every bite, given the unexpected idea of mixing those two such differing savors.
Overall, I think Plant Food + Wine is definitely a restaurant worth visiting, even if you aren’t a vegan or vegetarian. The area is amazing and the food is just as great, making it a pretty good experience. So go check it out and let me know what your thoughts are!