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Palmeiras Beach Club has opened a boutique hotel with 20 rooms in the beautiful Grove Isle overlooking the breathtaking views of the Biscayne Bay, with an all-white dining-room and large bay windows in the spot where once stood Gibraltar and Baleen.    

It owes its concept to Sami Kohen, former general manager at Seasalt & Pepper,  and Jacques Wulffaert , a former luxury cruise executive.  Dining is in the hands of culinary ambassador, the Venezuelan chef Alfredo Alvarez and his team – including Chef de Cuisine Abraham Silva and GM Werner Piccolino, all last seen at Seasalt & Pepper on the Miami River.   

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The Mediterranean menu features a selection of pizzas and flat breads ($15 - $18), starters like seared sepia ($18) with baby artichokes, feta cheese, mint tabbouleh, tomato confit, chorizo, and piquillo peppers; a charcuterie tray, the house salumeria ($24) with prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, salami al finocchietta, house cheeses, mustard, and dates; lobster and tuna cornets ($24), Key lime, mâche, frisée, tarragon, snow peas, lychees and soy dressing; and a seafood selection ($28 to $60) - oysters, shrimp, Maine lobster, Alaska king crab legs and stone crabs  priced individually or in a seafood tower.   

 

 

IMG 1417IMG 1419Homemade pastas range from mushroom or artichoke ravioli ($24 ) to Tagliolini en Brodo ($21),  with arugula, crisp lardon, thyme, parmesan, and garlic chips.

 

Entrées list Mediterranean Turbot ($38) with tomatillo sauce, fennel, snow peas, pearl onion, tomato confit, carrots and sturgeon caviar; seared branzino ($32) with garlic broccolini, baby zucchini, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and herbs d’Provence; 14 oz. “Duroc” Pork Chop ($45) with compressed green apples, glazed fennel, celery, shallot purée, passion fruit au jus, Veal chops and grilled steaks.   

Desserts – mango mousse, brie tiramesù, chocolate feast with Valrhona crust, black and white ganache, chocolate soil, Grand Marnier ice cream – are all housemade and the wine list is well curated.

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 In addition to the main dining room Palmeiras Beach Club offers a private 20-seat Perrier-Jouët Chef’s Table ; the Patrón Tequila Lounge open all day, a pool and beach areas featuring cabanas, lounge chairs, Hamptons-style day beds and a separate menu; and the large awning-covered outdoor Taittinger Lounge and Beach Club to sip champagne and enjoy bites from either the main dining room or pool menu.   

Palmeiras Beach Clubis open to the public and island residents seven days a week for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Taittinger Lounge and Beach Club and poolside dining are open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Patrón Tequila Lounge is open from 4 p.m. until closing.  A membership package is available to non-residents offering discounts, complimentary valet and priority reservations on club amenities. Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle can be reached by car or boat – valet parking and docking, including yachts, are available day and night.  For restaurant and beach club reservations : www.palmeirasbeachclub.com.