What could be more perfect than an evening on Ocean Drive in the heart of South Beach enjoying the freshest seafood of the season? A Fish Called Avalon remains one of the top restaurants on the Art Deco strip and the added energy of brand new Executive Chef Kal Abdalla – who recently ran the landmark Forge restaurant kitchen – adds some serious culinary firepower to the menu.
Abdalla trained under Mango Gang Chef Allen Susser and managed the Forge kitchen for more than 20 years. Most of the signature menu items that are Forge favorites for many Floridians were Abdalla’s innovations. Like the classic cars parked in front of the hotel, the addition of a seasoned chef brings the cache of this popular seafood restaurant to new heights.
Unlike the more honky tonk offerings in the district, A Fish Called Avalon has a charming atmosphere that’s got a great buzz for fine dining al fresco. From plump crab cakes to tender lobster tails, everything on the menu is seasonal and fresh from the market. Abdalla adds an Asian flair to some dishes but knows when to hold back on the spices so the flavors of the sea shine through. Landlubbers can select chicken, prime ribeye or strip steaks spiked with the house three mustard horseradish sauce for a little extra kick.
Adding to the atmosphere most evenings, a classical guitarist strums softly on the patio. The combination of fine food, a well-selected wine list and a little night music under the stars makes A Fish Called Avalon one of the most romantic restaurants on Ocean Drive.
A Fish Called Avalon
700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Cuisine: Seafood Grill
Appetizers $15, Entrees $20-$40