9011 Collins Avenue, Surfisde, Florida 33154
A vision of 21st-century luxury travel rekindles the old-Miami glamour once favored by guests from Sinatra to Churchill at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club. Feel the eternal allure of the shoreline while nestled in a private enclave from the brilliance of architect Richard Meier and designer Joseph Dirand.
The most idyllic location for a private club dedicated to the sea, sun and all things social – that’s what Harvey Firestone and his friends were seeking when they saw the land that would become The Surf Club in the 1930s. They found it in these nine remarkable acres on the Atlantic Ocean. Now, Four Seasons elevates The Surf Club to a new era of glamour. In this exclusive oasis of just 77 guest rooms, sip a signature Mangareva cocktail (drank that) in a super-luxe cabana (did that), discover serenity in the Spa, clink glasses in the historic heart of the Hotel (didn’t do this) or hide away in the dreamy landscape with unbridled ocean vistas (100% did that)!
But, let’s be real, I didn’t go there for the views. I went for the FOOD!
Leading the culinary experiences at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club is Executive Chef Jose Gamez (@chefjosegamez). Under his direction The Surf Club offers an oceanfront restaurant Le Sirenuse Miami along the Club’s historic “Peacock Alley,” the Champagne Bar and Lounge, effortlessly chic poolside dining and more on the pristine shores of Surfside. The day I visited I tried the Chef’s poolside dining options, and my palate was moved to tears of joy!
As part of the Four Seasons team for a combination of 16 years, Gamez credits his success to a mix of hard work, dedication, and, above all, a love and appreciation for food. Growing up, Gamez always wanted to be an astronaut. But this dream changed during a part-time job at Mother Anna’s restaurant in Boston’s North End – aka “Little Italy” – in high school, where he discovered an all new passion for cuisine. Gamez began a role as the chef’s apprentice and, as they say, “the rest is history.” The restaurants at the Four Seasons Surf Side are now open and open to the public!
Now, let’s talk about and look at the food and drinks!
My guest and I sat poolside at basically tried the entire poolside menu! From the second you arrive you are treated like a superstar by the staff. The servers knew the menu as well as the Chef did and described every item to perfection. We tried many of the hotels signature cocktails and certainly some of Chef Jose’s signature dishes. The one thing I took away from eating here was at eh Four Seasons they use the best possible ingredients on the planet and then find out the place to get them the freshest, and then make it beautiful for you. Pretty solid business model if you ask me! Let’s take a look at what we had…….
Apple Brandy, Fresh Lemon and Lime, Coconut Milk, Honey
Peacock Alley Mai Tai
Bacardi Superior, Myers Dark Rum, Almond Syrup, Cointreau, Angostura Bitters
Florida Snapper Ceviche (my favorite)
Ripe Mango, Pickled Onions, Jicama, Mariquitas, Mezcal Marinade
Smoked Short Rib Chili
Crispy Corn Masa Tortillas, Guajillo Chilies, Crushed Avocado, Crema Fresca
Fish and Chips
Fried Mahi-Mahi, Cucumber and Cabbage Slaw, Chunky Tar-Tar, Malt Vinegar
Mojo Pulled Pork, Swiss Cheese, Jamon, House Pickles, Mustard Mayonnaise
Mini Lobster Roll
Maine Lobster, Chipotle Ketchup, Lemon Aioli, Pimenton
Masa Corn Tortillas
Heirloom Corn Tortilla, House Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Queso Fresco
Octopus a la Plancha
Char Grilled Octopus, Red Chimichurri, Crispy Heirloom Potatoes, Squid Ink Mayonnaise
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9011 Collins Avenue, Surfside, Florida 33154, USA
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