My fellow Foodies and Fashionistas, now there's yet another delicious reason to visit Bal Harbour, South Florida's world-class shopping destination! Located directly across the street from the heralded shops, ensconced in the über-chic St. Regis Bal Harbour Hotel is world renowned Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten's latest culinary outpost: J&G Grill.
The eatery exudes modern elegance with a beautiful, airy dining room replete with distinguished grey oak herringbone floors and expansive floor to ceiling views of the Atlantic Ocean. The decor is modern yet warm with creative light fixtures and welcoming banquettes against a backdrop of majestic palm trees. The inviting hues of the space are the perfect venue for the exquisite cuisine which is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.
|Watermelon with Goat Cheese & Black Pepper|
A duo of Sashimi followed, beginning with Hamachi Sashimi with Ginger Vinaigrette and Avocado. Light, colorful and full of flavor this dish demonstrated the thoughtful presentation and impressive attention to detail inherent in every dish we sampled throughout the evening. The hamachi was fresh and succulent and the subtle spice of the ginger vinaigrette lingered like a memorable kiss. The Ahi Tuna Citrus and Avocado also featured ingredients at the peak of freshness and flavor. This delicious duo definitely left us wanting more!
|Hamachi Sashimi with Ginger Vinaigrette & Avocado|
|Petrossian Caviar with Fried Egg, Brioche & Crème Fraîche|
Next, a duo of fresh fish was complemented beautifully by an '09 Archery Summit Premier Cuvée Pinot Noir. It was very refreshing to have red wine paired with fish, again demonstrating the insightful pairings by our Sommelier. The Snapper with Edamame, Tomatoes and Fresh Thyme was delicious and full of flavor as was the Seared Mahi with Fermented Black Bean Vinaigrette and Bok Choy with Mint. The wine paired especially well with the mahi and it's subtle heat and flavor of fresh mint.
In a departure from seafood, we then sampled the Soy Glazed Short Rib with Apple-Jalapeño Puree and Rosemary Bread Crumbs. As a longtime fan of the short rib, this one was delectable with the exceptional "no-knife-necessary" texture only 14 hours sous vide can provide. In addition to the succulent texture of the meat, this dish also demonstrated the mastery of flavors that was so well choreographed and executed in all the dishes we sampled. The crisp, fresh flavor of the green apple and the spice of the jalapeño was a nice contrast to the decadent short rib. The '08 Nine Hats Sangiovese from Washington state's Columbia Valley rounded things out very nicely.
|Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream|
J&G Grill is a wonderful addition to the South Florida fine dining scene. We were very impressed with every aspect of our experience, from the ambiance to the delicious and innovative food that delivers everything it promises. The extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff also make enhancing your experience with wine a real pleasure. While it is pricey, this is indeed a very special establishment that combines the South Florida experience with culinary excellence wonderfully executed by Chef de Cuisine Richard Gras. Next time you're in the mood for something special, give J&G Grill a try!
J&G Grill is located at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort at 9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154. For reservations or more information, please call 305-993-3333 or visit www.jggrillmiami.com.