Dining at the Fontainebleau: Gotham Steak

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach has a restaurant for every taste.

My pick for best all-around restaurant is Gotham Steak, located in the Chateau section of the resort.  It’s by Alfred Portale, chef and owner of Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City. I was a bit hesitant to try it — one thing Miami doesn’t need is another steak house (though there are more coming this year).  As I found out, the “steak” in the restaurant’s name may be a bit misleading because a lot on the menu will appeal to non red meat eaters.

Wine is a big part of the experience.  Wine lovers will like peering into the two-level glass-enclosed wine tower that makes up an entire wall of the restaurant and perusing the long wine list.  If you’re intimidated by the 500 plus selections, a friendly sommelier is ready to offer a suggestion.  A gentleman named David was very helpful in selecting a great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon I had not previously tried.

If you love foie gras, you’ll want to order Gotham’s foie gras as an appetizer.  It’s served with roasted pineapple in a ginger reduction.  The foie gras is perfectly prepared and melts in your mouth.  The portion size is on par with other SoBe restaurants but you’ll definitely wish there was more.  Another standout appetizer is the charcoal grilled octopus served with grilled fingerling potatoes, leeks and caperberries.

For the main course, the miso marinated black cod is delicious.  It’s buttery and light and served in a soy lemongrass ginger sauce that’s so tasty you’ll wish you had a spoon.  Fortunately there’s sticky rice to absorb it.  Besides Nobu (which is in a league of its own) and Go Fish (one of my favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley), this is the best black cod I’ve eaten at a restaurant.

Of course you can’t forget about the steaks.  The wide selection of cuts are cooked exactly to your liking and served with three different sauces.  The 50 day dry aged filet is something else.  Our server, a charming man from New Jersey, proudly told us that Gotham is the only restaurant in Florida that serves this steak.  At $110 it’s very expensive but worth trying on a special occasion.  The aging gives it a tangy and creamy taste, almost like blue cheese.  The flavors are so unique you won’t want to change them with the steak sauces.

What’s a steak restaurant without side dishes?  I recommend the wild mushrooms.  They’re lightly sauteed to preserve a nice woodsy taste and aren’t oily or mixed in with onions and garlic like in other steak restaurants.

If you have room for dessert, try the peanut butter coupe.  It’s like a big ice cream sundae, without all the whipped cream to take away from the peanut butter ice cream and chocolate fudge.  It’s a tasty and satisfying end to a nice meal.

Gotham Steak is open for dinner.  When you make a reservation, request the lower level of the restaurant.  It has a more intimate feel than the upstairs area and gives you a nice view of the open kitchen.

For more information on Gotham Steak click here.

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