Whether you love or hate the Vegas-style monolith of a resort on Miami Beach, any self-respecting foodie has to admit that the Fontainebleau complex offers one of the best concentrations of fine dining to be had anywhere in South Florida. While it would be a dream-come-true to one day get a Michelin-starred restaurant in Miami, such a thing won't realistically happen for quite some time. Fortunately, there are some other awards that an exceptionally good restaurant with a lot of financial backing can aspire to that aren't as unattainable and are much less "francocentric". The much-coveted AAA Four Diamond award has already been awarded to two of the Fontainebleau Resort's restaurants. Scarpetta, perhaps the best Italian restaurant in South Florida, was the well-deserving recipient of one, and Hakkasan, the resort's gourmet Cantonese restaurant, was the recipient of the other. The Fontainebleau can now add Gotham Steak to its list of award-winning restaurants, for it too has caught the attention of critics and has scored the resort its third AAA Four Diamond award, making The Fontainebleau the only resort in Florida to have three restaurants with such an distinction.
I love a good steak just as much as the next guy, but Gotham Steak really seems to go above and beyond just being a replica of Morton's or Smith & Wollensky by offering creative side dishes and appetizers and an array of entrées that would feel at home at any haute cuisine restaurant. In other words, Gotham Steak is not your grandparents' steakhouse supper club where you get a prime rib with a side of baked potato. Even some of the cuts of steak are different from cuts one would find at other steakhouses, and Chef Alfred Portale seems to make use of some oft-neglected parts of the cow that yield delicious steaks.
The Fontainebleau is located at 4441 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. For more information, please visit www.fontainebleau.com