Tudor House

Tudor House - Huevos Rancheros - by credit: courtesy - Tudor House

Tudor House - Contemporary South Beach Dining with a Deco Touch

The use of public space and the type of elegant intimacy it could also create was a defining quality of the original era of Art Deco period Miami. Architects and designers seemed to have been able to do more with less in marrying the indoors and outdoors, and then infusing the interior layout and design of hotels and restaurants with a distinct personality.

Recently, the lobby of the former Tudor Hotel lobby in South Beach has been transformed into the new Dream hotel’s restaurant space, Tudor House, operated by Michelin-starred chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The dining spot maintains a reverence for the building’s history while simultaneously reinventing it, relying on a light, airy decor that combines modern design with accessibility that reflects today's Miami. The venue is adorned with stitched leather banquette seating and back-lit teak screen partitions, while the outdoor dining areas are furnished with striking teak benches, smoked glass dining tables and flowing floor-to-ceiling curtains, Inside, the bars — which once served as the check-in and concierge counters in the 1930s — highlight the original Art Deco aesthetic, skillfully marrying modern design with a storied history.

In addition to serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Tudor House provides hotel guests with 24-hour room service and takeaway snacks and meals for the beach, located just one block away. The menu focuses on modern American fare at lunch and dinner, with such signature dishes as Organic Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Gingered Slaw; Braised Lamb Belly with Brussels Sprouts, Salsa Verde; Black Grouper Cheeks with Cauliflower, Pearl Onions and Romesco. On the summer mid-morning when we stopped by, the premises were already quite busy with a mix of area residents and Miami traveles who had discovered the restaurant's inviting presence and menu at this end of South Beach. The breakfast spectrum includes light to heartier items, allowing you to satisfy your current appetite with as much or as little as you want - thus, on the lighter side, you can choose from the items in their Cereals & Fruit, or the Pastry Assortment, or combine one of these with heartier fare from their Eggs dishes or the Griddle or European Breakfast Plate. We started off with the fantastic rolls and croissants from the pastry assortment, and still had room to relish a version of their Eggs any Style.

A recent dining option that Tudor House added this winter that works perfectly for late breakfast or a business meeting over a quick bite is their new Brunch menu. Served just between 11 am and 3 pm on weekends, the fare is tailored to your appetite and the occasion - so for instance, we were trending toward lunch more than breakfast, and managed both the wonderful Panzanella Greek Salad (served with tomatoes, cucumbers, and Greek olives) and the substantial Organic Buttermilk Fried Chicken (and organic chicken really has a different texture than battery chicken). But if you prefer to keep it very light, you could just choose something from the wide selection of Eggs, Griddle or Appetizers & Salads, or make an early lunch of it and have something from the Main entrees, which also include such items as: Grilled Branzino, Pastrami Reuben, or a Cuban-Style Pressed Sandwich. Aside from that, you might grab something from among their Pastry, Cereals & Fresh Fruit, or Crudo & Raw (crab and oyster) selections. It's late morning "a la carte" delicious here in an airy and light-filled ambiance, and whatever your appetite runs to, you come away feeling just replenished enough to take on the Miami day.

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Tudor House - 1117 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; (305) 534-8455

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