A Fashionable Brunch with Chef Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops

Since my duties for Vanity Fair kept me busy in Los Angeles, I sent my girl Megan, from the TFDiaries, to fill in for me at a brunch with Chef Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops.

A Fashionable Brunch with Chef Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops

“I was so excited when Rebecca asked me to take her place at the Makoto brunch at Bal Harbour Shops. I love a good brunch and I was happy for the excuse to take a little trip down to Miami for the day. I mean, we all need a day trip every now and then, right?

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After a few hours of driving south, I was greeted by the beautiful scenery of the Bal Harbour Shops, an oasis of luxury brands nestled in the urban beauty of Miami. Resort colors dominated though I insisted on my typical new york blacks with a pop of neon infused in my tweed moto jacket and necklace.

A Fashionable Brunch with Chef Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops
Immediately upon entering, I was given Makoto‘s elegant take on the Pina Colada; with a touch of cilantro and embellished with a colorful Orchid. The perfect amount of flavor, and just sweet enough to almost make me forget it was a cocktail.
Surrounded by Miami’s finest local editors, writers, and foodie bloggers alike, I mingled until we were escorted to our seats. At first I thought we were picking one appetizer, but they decided to give us a tasting of all four: the Tuna Air Bread with Caesar Foam was unexpected but delightful, along with the Kobe Beef Carpaccio with Ginger and Truffle Oil. It was heaven, and it was only the beginning.

A Fashionable Brunch with Chef Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops

A Fashionable Brunch with Chef Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops


They served the main courses family style, which gave us more of a chance to talk with each other about our gastronomic experience. They started with an enormous ‘boat’ of fresh sushi and sashimi, that was quickly followed by the other four courses. I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of food at first, but quickly recovered, filling my plate with Frosty
Kobe Fried Rice, Japanese Eggplant Robata, Salmon Ponzu with Crispy Brussels Sprouts. I followed this with the most desirable Grilled Skirt Steak with Avocado, Ginger and Wasabi Puree. They all were delightful but I found the Fried Rice and Steak to be the most delicious, I seemed to be alone in this, however, the Salmon Ponzu disappeared quickly.

A Fashionable Brunch with Chef Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops

Before every course Chef Makoto explained the ingredients and followed up afterwards to insure everything was just right, which it always was. Last but not least of course, was dessert. I opted to trade my Moet for a perk up a la the most fabulous cappuccino this New Yorker has ever tasted. So sweet and perfectly frothed. quickly found myself surrounded by dessert and wondered how on earth I was going to eat any of it, it took some soul searching, but somehow, I found the drive to carry on. A lovely fruit filled custard had me hooked. That is, until the miso chocolate cake and rice coated ice cream caught my eye. I indulged to say the least.

After the Brunch, I moseyed around the luxurious shops of Bal Harbour, taking in the exotic scenery contrasting the big open windows of Lanvin, Chloe, and Chanel. Each one dressed perfectly for spring with no shortage of this season’s biggest trends. With everything from glamorous bookstores to salons, I bobbed along in an atmosphere that was relaxing, but with a touch of extravagance. I stopped into Gee Beauty for a little makeup touch up and then a quick trip to Neiman Marcus to try on some shoes before my trip home. I quickly slapped on the first pair of Choo’s until I spied an even better strappy sandal from Prada. I knew I had to leave before I went home with both, so alas, I left the oasis of Bal Harbour hoping to return again, not so empty handed.”

Written by Megan Zietz, TFDiaries.com

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