Now here’s the perfect combination – Miami’s landmark, luxury Four Seasons Surf Club, and the iconic and legendary restaurant Le Sirenuse from famed Positano on the Amalfi Coast have partnered together. Where else can you find elegant dining, in a palm-fringed, glamorous restaurant with high service standards, fine linens, gleaming silver cutlery, hand-blown Venetian glassware, old fashioned and properly trained staff at your service, and views of the Atlantic Ocean off a beautiful terrace? Le Sirenuse at the new Four Seasons in Miami, that’s where!
Serving Mediterranean flavours and dolce vita style in a custom designed room by Joseph Dirand that creates the ultimate stage for a memorable evening. The chef is 32-year-old Antonio Mermolia. He has previously worked in his family’s hotel in Calabria as well as stints in Sicily and New York. The menu is based on Italy’s seasonal flavours, with carefully sourced ingredients. It includes dishes from the Michelin-starred restaurant in Positano as well as new dishes debuting at this location.
Dining under faded magnolias and foliage, with accents in mahogany, gives an old world and dramatic effect. The potted plants spill out onto a shaded patio and frame the views of the Atlantic. There is also a private dining room available. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner here.
Le Sirenuse also plays host to a large champagne bar. It is part of the original 1930’s club house as is the restaurant. It has Miami’s largest selection of fine champagnes as well as a large cocktail list reminiscent of the club’s gilded past, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, or Winston Churchill could be seen at some of the cities most talked about parties. Now you can find drinks named after many of the celebrities who frequented here. You are not going to find modern craft cocktails in outlandish containers, but you will find classic, traditional and refined, yet imaginative spirits as well as an extensive collection of vintage labels and rare producers to explore.
We enjoyed all of our appetizers. My langoustine tartar with fennel, orange zest and olives had the perfect balance of flavours and was so tender. The wild Alaskan crab terrine is another winner, with tomato carpaccio and basil. The caprese is served warm, a first for me, a lovely buffalo mozzarella, with grape tomato confit, oregano and basil.
For our mains, my only complaint was the spaghetti pomodoro e basilico was too salty. But they were more than obliging to remove that dish from our bill along with a big apology. The wild red snapper is an exquisite presentation along with sublime taste.
The desserts are all show stoppers. The pistachio ice cream looks like a gardener’s delight. The panna cotta is another highlight, served in an edible box and covered in fresh berries. The texture and taste are perfection.
The restaurant had just been opened a few days but everything ran like clockwork under the watchful eye of the restaurant GM Luciano Sportiello, formerly of Casa Tua. He goes to great lengths to make sure everyone is happy and receives highly personal service.
We felt welcome hospitality, which is a rarity in these parts. So if you value attentive, smart service in a sophisticated setting and delicious food then you will be pleased with this winning formula and newest venture in burgeoning Surfside.