Amaranthine makes a strong case for heading to sleepy Miami Shores for dinner. The modern bistro serves exceptional Mediterranean fare in a charming space that doesn’t play up its Greekness for attention, opting instead for subtle design elements like traditional straw baskets and Grecian table runners overhead to adorn its expansive bar.
Like the space, most dishes offer a contemporary spin on the classics. For instance, the pasticcio starter goes from a plain baked pasta dish to a decadent savory pie layered with skirt steak, potato purée, truffle paste and mushrooms. The moussaka, a staple of Greek cuisine, features eggplant caviar and a house-made bechamel sauce. Italy is also well represented on the menu with a selection of fresh pasta dishes (which are just $11 on Wednesdays) such as pillowy gnocchi with goat cheese and fig and a toothsome lobster risotto.
The move for dessert is the tough-to-pronounce but approachable galaktoboureko, a layered treat reminiscent of a creamsicle pop with vanilla and crispy filo plus a side of mango sorbet. Though it’s perfectly acceptable to sip your after-dinner treat instead: Amaranthine boasts a stellar bar program with craft cocktails, signature martinis and a variety of gin-and-tonic options. The dining room winds down on the earlier side (even on weekends) but the bar keeps going ’til late.