I was excited to have a third day of brunch in Miami, and to be heading to the Design District, a neighborhood filled with designer housewares and luxury fashion designers like Versace, Maison Margiela, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi. It’s a stylish, vibrant part of Miami that provides a unique contrast to other neighborhoods like Brickell, South Beach or Wynwood, but retains Miami elements of high fashion, laid-back pace, and Latin American flavor. We’d been invited to check out OTL, a charming little café and restaurant nestled next to the Tory Burch store, off the pedestrian street in the heart of the Design District.
I was instantly charmed by OTL from the moment I walked in the door. The open air, industrial space has floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, and oodles of natural light. Naturally, what did it for me was the pink and turquoise color palette and the playful, yet minimal decor. OTL has a mix of high-and-low tables in beautiful marble, light oak, and turquoise laminate. There are low wooden benches and high-top, pink metal stools. You order at the kitschy, playful counter, where the menu is listed in marquee-style signs. Playful and pink, OTL just speaks to me.
There’s a small but satisfactory selection of breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes, with breakfast being served all day. As I am a breakfast person, I appreciate this. OTL also offers a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. This is a place where you can stay all day—working from breakfast through to cocktails, not unlike my favorite spot in D.C., The Royal in Shaw. After our brunch, I did just that, working in the bustling and bright café through the afternoon. I loved seeing all the beautiful Miami residents pop in for coffee and lunch throughout the day on this particular Monday, as well as the college students drinking wine while they worked on papers. The restaurant operates under the tag line “Everyone Welcome,” which could not be more appropriate.
We began with caffeine, a cappuccino and a matcha latte, respectively. I appreciated that OTL offers soy, almond, and coconut milks for those that eschew dairy. Matcha lattes taste best when made with coconut milk, in my opinion. Both beverages were beautifully prepared, frothy and tasty. I’m quite the snob when it comes to both espresso and matcha. The matcha latte had the signature matcha taste but was smooth and palatable.
Overnight oats are all the rage these days—and we’re basic, so we ordered both the overnight oats and the avo toast. The oats were beautifully presented, and topped with shredded coconut, blueberries, and sliced kiwi. I love kiwi, and I have it so rarely, that this was a real treat.
The avocado toast was beautiful: served atop a crisp ciabatta, with olive oil, chunks of avocado, and thinly sliced radish rounds. The sea salt, olive oil, and avocado played together perfectly. I will say that this dish was rather small—and the prices at OTL are not cheap.
We also shared the breakfast sandwich, which again was not terribly large. The egg was perfectly fried, the bacon was wide and perfectly crisped, and the roasted tomato was absolutely perfect. The bread was also fluffy and divine—we just wished the sandwich were larger.
The Bitches say: A-. The most charming, posh little pink café in Miami’s Design District served delicious coffees in a bright and friendly ambiance. The food is delightful, but the menu is minimal and the prices a bit steep.
160 NE 40th St.