There have been many new restaurant openings in Miami since the summer. One of the new ones is The Continental (CLOSED) on 2360 Collins Avenue at 23rd street. This is another Steven Starr restaurant in Miami. He also has Makoto and Le Zoo at the Bal harbor Shops. I believe he has had a Continental restaurant in Philly for many years and there is one in Atlanta as well.
The restaurant has that retro 60’s look. The vibe is cool and they play some nice music. I suggest dining outdoors weather permitting. There are 2 sitting areas, and I prefer the one away from the street and closer to the canal, the Indian Creek waterway. This place is a good option when dining with more than 2 people. With a larger group you get to try a lot of dishes. They serve family style here.
It is a “globally” inspired menu with items from China, Vietnam. Japan, Puerto Rico and even Italy.
Our server Patrick was extremely friendly and helpful. Our favourite pick hands down were the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Egg Rolls with a side of Siracha ketchup. They had us doing a little dance. They were definitely a crowd pleaser. The Chicken Pot stickers with a mustard dipping sauce were good but not memorable. The Lobster Macaroni was a disappointment. The Rad Na which is a wide noodle dish with peanuts, diced chicken and crispy romaine was interesting, but not great. The Heirloom tomatoes and Burrrata was nice but kind of out of place with this Tikki style dinner. The Shrimp Bao was another winner. It had a crispy Tempura Shrimp with a sweet/spicy sauce served with Asian slaw on a beautiful Bao Bun.
The Heirloom roasted baby Carrots with a glazed citrus honey sauce surrounded by Greek yogurt stirred with toasted quinoa, well that dish was fantastic.
The dishes were innovative and the menu was quite eclectic. They also serve great cocktails. I need to go back as there looked like there were a lot of other things to tempt us on the menu.
If you are looking for a light healthy meal then this place may not be for you. I perused the Brunch menu and it looked like there were fabulous choices on it. Overall the restaurant was quite good. There were some hits and some misses. Starr has added another winner to his growing empire.
Valet parking is $15.