Written by: Jon Senk
If you want a meal with a view look no further than Soho Bay. Located at the end of the MacArthur Causeway this Brazilian Japanese fusion spot boasts beautiful views of the Magic City skyline. I jumped at the chance to sit on the beautiful bayside patio.
Head Chef Gonzalo Arganaras treated us with a beautiful tasting menu, with cocktails to match! I first had a Shinrin. This fresh cocktail paired perfectly with my appetizer of flash fried Brussels sprouts with miso butter, fore gras and filet mignon dumplings, and shrimp gyoza. All were delightful. These would all be great for a group to share after a fun day on the beach.
Next we had my favorite dish of the night, the diver scallop. The scallop was in a wasabi soy sauce with candied Mache pears. I am still dreaming about this sauce! We paired this salmon ponzu with crispy sweet potato and Koshu Grace wine from Japan.
You can’t go to a Brazilian restaurant without getting some steak. We had the Filet Mignon with vegetable ash. The presentation was absolutely beautiful; I would definitely order this if I were trying to impress a date. The vegetable ash added a deep campfire-esque flavor. The Sriracha and sun choke puree balanced the flavor out. It was all served over a hot coal, which added great aromatics to the dish. This was paired with the Omoide cocktail, or “memory” in Japanese. Vodka, white grape, rhubarb, and basil made this a dangerously delicious concoction. The sommelier Willy told me this drink reminded him of his first restaurant hence the name. Willy and Chef Araganaras’ passion for their craft shined bright through the entire meal. This was all topped off with a guava pana cotta for dessert.
Soho Bay is located at 520 West Avenue. They offer a sunset brunch, which I will definitely be returning for.