By Melanie Garcia
You’re destined to have a winner when Steve Haas, chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, decides to open a two-story, 6,000 square foot eatery and bring on Executive Chef Tom Azar, an apprentice of Chef Emeril Lagasse.
The result of this wonderful partnership is City Hall restaurant, located in the Biscayne Corridor area, offering down-home fresh brasserie-style dining.
City Hall pays homage to chic Art Deco design, and the beautiful mural that surrounds the restaurant’s ceiling provides a relaxed and easy vibe reminiscent of jazz and blues clubs decades ago. With such cool décor, we expected the food to be just as vibrant and interesting, and we weren’t disappointed.
We started off with the Thai Steak Salad ($15), which consisted of marinated skirt steak with red cabbage, watercress, mint, cilantro, carrot, shaved radish, toasted cashews, crispy wonton, and a Thai chili vinaigrette. The meat was perfectly cooked, just tender enough and seasoned perfectly.
We also enjoyed the Tilapia Burger with Creole Tartar Sauce ($15), which had Bibb lettuce, tomato, red onions, and pickles served on a potato roll and accompanied by a colorful portion of potatoes, their version of French fries. Other noteworthy entrees include the North Atlantic Salmon with Shiitake Jasmine Rice ($14) and House Blend Meat Loaf with Country-style Mashed Potatoes ($17.50).
Although most lunch selections are also available for dinner, you’ll find the menu offers some dinner-only options as well. Among these are Maine Lobster, Shrimp and Scallop Pot Pie ($24) and Confit Duck, Wild & Exotic Mushrooms Pizza ($12).
City Hall’s biggest draw is their weekly pre-fix menu combined with live entrainment. Every night of the week, you can enjoy “A Performers Dinner,” which includes live entertainment and a three-course meal for $35 per person. The pre-fix promotion is similar to the Miami Spice format, an initiative Haas helped launch in ten years ago. In addition, you can enjoy happy hour specials Monday – Friday, from 4-7 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, from 10 p.m. till closing.
The Gospel Sunday brunch has become a neighborhood favorite and features a performance by gospel singer Maryel Epps. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and performances are from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
City Hall Restaurant
2004 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33137
Visit them online, at www.cityhalltherestaurant.com
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Sunday Brunch: Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lunch: Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. and Sunday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Available for private events