3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
If you haven’t been following the powerful evolution of Coconut Grove’s Ariete by chef Michael Beltran, you need to start paying attention.
The restaurant, quaint with breezy outside dining, continues to define itself with every step of the way. I obsess over their playlist too, complete with artists of a prohibition-era blues but also Benny Moré, Celia Cruz, and Cheo Feliciano.
As with all South Florida restaurants, masks are to be worn while moving anywhere within the space, and remain off while seated. Clear markings now appear near the bathroom as a reminder to distance while waiting. Using every available inch, and while following regulations, tables are spaced out as required. And even at half capacity, the same ole energetic feel of a not-so-distant-past reappears.
July 2020 Chef’s Tasting Menu: Versos Sencillos
May 2020 (During the brief dine-in phase. Most of these items are available on the outdoor menu)
Choosing what to order from the new menu is never easy. Not only is every dish beautifully conceptualized and executed, but each gives way to new taste profiles. It’s tough to beat the original Ariete course I first fell in love with back in 2016: the foie gras and maduros. It even continues to star on my annual Top Bites list. But the new additions have been taken to a whole new level of “What is happening?” I mean, when was the last time you had crema de malanga con black truffles? Exactly. Beltran has successfully captured the almost impossible-to-achieve art of beloved abuela-inspired soul food created with an elevated masterful hand: Spanglish fine dining and beyond.
His laser-focus approach to be and do more despite closures, restrictions, curfews, and bumps on the road inspires me as a diner. So proud to have and support this business in South Florida.
What I Tried: