“My earliest food memories are when I was a child of eight or nine. I was invited for lunch under a big tree with the most elegant table with flowers and there was music. I just sat there and thought ‘This is what I want for my life’. That feeling of happiness and celebration … I want to live everyday like that day.”
Although these are the words of legendary Chef Francis Mallmann, the sentiments will likely be your own if you pay a visit to the Los Fuegos Restaurant inside the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach for its Sunday Asado. Born from the South American tradition, which marks a time when friends and family gather, usually on the weekend to enjoy a meal prepared on the open fire. Mallman offers a contemporary take, mirroring the family style menu but creating an elevated experience, transforming traditional rustic recipes into sophisticated dishes.
The four-course meal starts with filet stuffed Empanadas for the table. Hot and perfectly prepared, these are accompanied by spicy llajua sauce for dipping. For the first course there is a presentation of Sweetbreads ‘a la Parrilla’ with chimichurri, and burnt lemon. If you prefer to start with the soup or salad, there are additional options for this course, the Chilled Tomato Soup with poached egg and breadcrumbs, a Pink Grapefruit Salad with avocado, arugula, parmigiano-reggiano and roasted hazelnuts, and Provoleta Parrillera.
For the main event, there is a grand selection of Lechoncito, marinated young pig, confit with fine herbs, sliced skirt steak, slow-cooked rib-eye, chicken that has been wood-smoked & slowly roasted, wild salmon confit with fine herbs, and chorizo & blood sausage accompanied by chimichurri, salsa criolla, or aioli. Prepared to perfection, Mallman’s mastering of the gaucho style grilling techniques are on full display, and you’re reminded just why he’s considered “the grill master.”
The hearty presentation of meats, is followed by a selection of sides, a beautiful heirloom tomato salad with stracciatella di bufala and basil, a hearty potato salad with eggs, scallions and olive oil, A medley of Grilled Vegetables, and an “out of this world” polenta ‘a la plancha,’ crispy and golden brown, this is not-to-be-missed.
Mallman skillfully finishes the meal with a selection of light desserts, Dulce de Leche Pancake, Chocolate Nemesis, Fresh Fruit Salad, Grapefruit & Campari Granite.
To accompany the meal, bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Marys are offered. There is also a nice selection of rosé perfect for the warm summer afternoons, as well as Faenas own brand of wines. There are indoor and outdoor dining options. The ambiance is festive, but comfortable. You’re inclined to linger, as the aromas from the open-air kitchen, sounds of live music and the fresh ocean air create the perfect complement to an entirely satisfying meal.
The Sunday Asado is $75 per person, with $25 for Endless Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s.
Los Fuegos, Faena Miami Beach, 3201 Collins Ave