Bar One Miami Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
Restaurant: Bar One Miami Beach
Address: 520 West Avenue
Commercial Unit 1
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Social Media Posting (8/16/20): We decided to strike a pose at @baronemiamibeach I can’t wait to share my thoughts about the ambiance, the food/drinks, and COVID precautions. Stay tuned for pictures and reviews!
Social Media Posting (8/17/20):Anthony and I have been waiting to go to Peter Thomas’ restaurant, Bar One Miami Beach for a long time. We’ve heard great things and we couldn’t wait to try it for ourselves. I didn’t think we would end up going during a pandemic, but here we are.
When we drove to the restaurant, we were greeted by the valet attendant. We were given a choice of $15 for the valet or $35 to leave our car in the front on the restaurant. Of course, we went with the valet. We walked up the red carpet to the restaurant, feeling like true celebrities. They even had a rope to let people with reservations first. Surprisingly, the security guard checked my purse and used a metal detector to check my husband. I don’t think I’ve ever had a metal detector check us before entering a restaurant, especially at 5:00 pm.
When we walked into the restaurant it had a great ambiance. The restaurant’s contemporary style was a perfect fit for this upscale Jamaican restaurant. There was 90s and early 2000 music playing and an open, airy terrace on the water.
We ordered drinks - I loved my Mojito! It was the perfect blend of lime . However, my husband wasn’t crazy about his Old Fashion.
For our appetizer, my husband ordered the “ATL Habranero Mango Wings.” My husband only eats chicken once in awhile and wings happens to be his favorite indulgence. When the wings arrived, I could tell that he was impressed by the #baronemiamibeach presentation. As you can see, the plate was full of color. When he took his first few bites, his eyes lit up and he said, “mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm” over and over again. He loved the wings! I unfortunately didn’t try them because I’m pescatarian but I definitely enjoyed watching him enjoy his appetizer.
Social Media Posting (8/17/20): When Anthony and I went to Bar One Miami Beach , he ordered the oxtails. Let me start by saying that oxtails are my husband’s favorite Jamaican dish in general, so as much as he loves them... #baronemiamibeach had a lot of competition with the lifetime supply of oxtails that my husband has eaten in Jamaican restaurants and in my mother’s own kitchen. This choice was going to go really well or really wrong quickly.
He took his first bite and said, “This is ridiculous!” I could tell by his tone that he was shocked. Then he said, “This is the best oxtail I’ve ever had in my life. Look how much meat just fell off the bone.”
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa! That was a huge statement to make! “The best oxtail you’ve ever had?!”
So, I took my fork and ate his rice, potatoes, carrots, and gravy. I even ate a plantain or two. I ate enough of everything on the plate, except the oxtail to still be able to call myself a pescatarian. He wasn’t lying! The food was packed with flavor. The gravy, carrots, and potatoes tasted so good! I was actually surprised by the plantains. I don’t always like the way Jamaicans make plantain because it’s not ripe enough for me (I’m Jamaican, I can say that), but this...these plantains were perfect. I thought about putting my pescatarian title down for the night, but I decided to stay strong.
It’s so nice to see Jamaican food presented in an upscale manner without missing a beat. The dish cost $42. I personally thought that was a little pricey. However, it’s Miami Beach, so I think we’re paying extra for the location. My husband, on the other hand, said that it’s worth every penny! This is definitely a must try meal.
Social Media Posting (8/17/20): Finally! I was ready to stop watching my husband eat and experience #baronemiamibeach for myself....I ordered the #crispyskinnedsnapper. The presentation of the food was thoughtfully prepared, the servers were very nice, and the food didn’t take long to come. The Crispy Skinned Snapper is a lightly pan seared snapper over grilled shrimp. It’s light, and it has a nice crunch with a delicate flaky white fish within. I was very happy with my meal. However, if you’re not pescatarian I would suggest one of the traditional meals like oxtails, curry chicken, etc.
Social Media Posting (8/19/20): Here’s a little treat after counting votes and watching the #democraticconvention .....At Bar One Miami Beach I ordered the #friedpineapple . This dish may look like mozzarella sticks at first glance, but it is literally its title...pieces of pineapple lightly fried. I’ve had fried ice cream and fried tomatoes , but I’ve never had fried pineapple. The dish seemed unfinished. I think it needed a scoop of ice cream, a drizzle of chocolate, or a dash of cinnamon. It needed something else to complement and spice up this unique dessert. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t great.
Social Media Posting (8/20/20): My husband ordered the “rum cake” at #baronemiamibeach Now, I’m assuming this may seem like a typical decision and choice at a Caribbean restaurant. However, as a Jamaican, when we order #rumcake we are expecting a black cake made with rum. I get it....authentic Jamaican rum cake is an acquired taste and the American or commercial audience may not appreciate it. So, the “rum cake” at #barone is more of a #tortugacake Initially, we were a little disappointed because my husband loves Jamaican rum cake. However, in retrospect, I think that it was a good decision for them to go with a Tortuga cake instead of a traditional #Jamaican cake. Yet, there should be a description on the menu or from the server that explains what the guest will be receiving. In the end, Anthony still enjoyed it. It’s sweet and moist ....what’s not to love?!