Big Fish returns with a new spectacular waterfront dining oasis tucked away in Miami's Upper East Side.
Waterfront Dining at Big Fish ·
A waterfront oasis tucked away in Miami's Upper East Side, Big Fish offers a mediterranean-inspired menu with a bountiful selection of fresh seafood and house made pasta.
Like many locals, you probably associate the name Big Fish with a giant oak tree situated on the Miami River. That illustrious tree (and restaurant) has sadly been replaced with a construction zone, but the name lives on! A quirky block just east of Biscayne may seem like too much of an urban adventure for some, but we promise the dining experience that awaits is well worth it.
Danilo Cacace, friend of the original owner, recently opened the new Big Fish tucked away on Miami's Upper East Side. The location reminded Cacace of his home in Napoli. After a seven-month renovation, Cacace created a luxurious waterfront oasis on a charming canal that leads into the Biscayne Bay.
Our host, general manager Pablo Duque, led us through the expansive veranda adorned with flowing white drapes and candle-lit tables. Plush white sofas surrounded the outdoor bar and two substantial sailboats flanked the dock.
The mediterranean-inspired menu featured house made pasta and a bountiful selection of fresh seafood received daily by Chef Andrea Chiriatti. Originally from Apuglia, Chiriatti worked with Simon Bocanegra in Florence and Giorgio Armani's Teatro 7 in Milan. Most recently he opened the South Beach restaurant, Gold and Pepper.
For our first course, Chef Chiriatti served Blue Fin Tuna Tartar with avocado dressed in a light lemon emulsion ($14). It had an incredibly delicate butter-like texture. We also enjoyed tender Octopus Carpaccio plated atop arugula and cherry tomatoes ($16).
Next, we enjoyed Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare ($25) topped with tender calamari, plump clams, and mussels. The dishes are beautifully garnished, many with edible flowers and fresh herbs.
Throughout the evening, it was evident Pablo and the staff took pride in providing attentive and friendly service. A refreshing observation.
A trio of entrees arrived including Florida Grouper ($25), Yellow Fin Tuna($28), and Wild Caught Salmon($24). The portions were quite generous and can easily be shared by two guests.
The salmon is baked and complemented with a marvelous pistachio crust and green pesto smashed potatoes.
The poppy seed crust added a delicate, flavorful crunch to the Yellow Fin Tuna.
Our final course included two rich desserts; a traditional Italian chocolate and almond cake ($8) and a decadent, creamy tiramisu ($8) served in a delightful mason jar.
We lingered away the balmy evening listening to fish splash and the distinct call of a Florida crane. The new Big Fish has found the perfect backdrop to its relaxed, upscale concept and we're certain it will outlive the 'big tree'.