#GOODEATS: LOS FUEGOS, MIAMI
Born from a passion for the ancient art of South American live-fire cooking, Argentine grillmaster Francis Mallmann creates a contemporary asado experience in Los Fuegos with an open-fire kitchen, local ingredients and a gaucho’s touch to transform traditional rustic recipes into sophisticated, savory dishes. There's not a drop of doubt why Netflix would include him in their food docu-series "Chef’s Table".
Los Fuegos at Faena Hotel Miami Beach is Mallman's only stateside restaurant and serves some of the most memorable meals in Miami. The space boasts an open-fire kitchen—and a glassed-in section, so you can see some of the action unfold while enjoying a cocktail at Faena’s outdoor bar. If you’re going to enjoy a steak while in Miami, this would be a place to do it—but don’t pass on the wood-oven veggie sides. Must-order starters include a pair of empanadas that are the Plutonian ideal of the rustic meat packet. Their dough is salty and soft but chewy, like a fine Roman pizza with puffy, scorched bubbles from the hot flames. The stuffing is a gently seasoned chopped filet served with a fresh tomato Llajua Sauce, a mix of fresh tomato and vinegar, lemon and olive oil.
The lounge and veranda feature chandelier sculptures by Italian artist Alberto Garutti made with nearly 800 bulbs that flash every time lightning strikes the pampas lowlands. All this might sound pretentious, but instead, it is the perfect culinary fairy tale.
Los Fuegos 3201 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach 786.655.5600