Juvia had caught my eye after perusing Miami restaurants with rooftops. Perched high above a designer parking garage just off Lincoln Mall Road, Juvia offers great views of South Beach and a view into the quintessential see-and-be-seen culture of Miami.
As if we weren’t already in love with the view, we were instantly charmed by the large leafy wall, marbled bar table, and purple accented lounge decor. We sat on the mod patio in the shade, perfect for Cori Sue and I to shoot many an Instagram before brunch.
We were invited in to try the prixe fixe, which is the most affordable way to try Juvia’s luxe brunch menu. For $23, you get an appetizer, main and choice of dessert. Add bottomless bevvys like mimosas, prosecco, Bellinis, or Bloody Marys for another $23. Since we were celebrating a weekend among friends, we order a bottle of Rock Angel, one of our favorite rosés from Chateau d’Esclans, the maker of Rock Angel’s older sister Whispering Angel. It went down entirely too easy—so much so we ordered another bottle shortly thereafter.
The kale and farro salad was a light start to the meal. It was well-dressed and inspired me to resolve to eat more farro.
The salmon a la plancha was the stand out main course, with a light edamame puree that if I closed my eyes, I could have mistaken the texture for mashed potatoes. The puree was a healthy substitute for the starch and paired well with the same and side of greens including okra, corn and spring onions.
The staff at Juvia was wonderfully accommodating as we asked to try more the stereotypically “brunchy” menu items, such as the king crab eggs Benedict. The Benny was low on Alaskan king crab, but featured perfectly poached eggs and the right amount of yuzu Hollandaise. The star of the dish was the toasted sourdough; so good that the Miami resident among us was compelled to inquire which local bakery provided it.
We also ordered the burrata, which was a beautiful presentation, with sliced tomatoes, olive oil, prosciutto, and arugula.
The hamachi espuma was a favorite of ours, with light, flaky sashimi-grade yellowtail and a tower of yuzu kosho espuma foam.
The ceviche mix was dynamite as well, with fresh fluke, octopus, red onion, and crispy sweet potato. It was the classic, Peruvian interpretation of ceviche, which we loved. It was a beautiful, airy dish that looked just as it tasted.
Not ones to pass up beef carpaccio, this was a must order. The tenderloin was sliced so thinly that it practically melted on the fork, but the julienne daikon, baby arugula, EVOO and crispy capers added flavor and substance. This was a classic Italian interpretation of carpaccio—we all enjoyed it immensely while agreeing that arugula is the best leafy green.
The table was divided on the tuna poke rice. I found the sesame chili, hijiki, and red onion to be overpowering. In my experience, if the sauce drowns the fish, it’s probably because the fish isn’t sashimi grade. However, the boys had no problem finishing this rice dish—and Cori Sue loved it.
We rounded out the meal with two desserts, both in rather small portions. The strawberry salsa was incredibly sweet. Meanwhile, the chocolate tart was not a chocolate, but a white chocolate tart served with vanilla ice cream and an apricot drizzle. It was lovely, and paired well with the rosé. This is a lovely dessert if you’re looking for a delicate, sweet bite to pair with your wine and the view, but not so much if you’re craving a delectable dessert.
I’m not sure if it was the heat or the rosé, but we left feeling a high on life and ready for the beach.
The Bitches say: A-. The stellar views, modern decor, and lovely service make Juvia a great spot to splurge on brunch. We’d love a few more brunchy options on the menu, but the food was delicious, and the service and views can’t be beat.
1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139