Thursday, April 10, 2008
Style File: Power Lunch
Sadly, many of us are chained to our desks, but if you can get away and have the time, there are a couple of hot spots you have to check out, and bringing your watch is optional. Seven's Belkys Nerey opens today's Style File.
Head out for some fresh air at Brosia in the Design District. In their courtyard, you can dine under old oak trees reminiscent of the good ole south, or sit by these colorful Mosaic walls that give the place an artsy feel.
Baco Byers: "It's creative, very motivating. I'm a designer so it's a great place to come, and get inspired for my business lunches."
All the food at Brosia is based around regions of the Mediterranean.
Arthur Artiles: "What we try to do is hit the five regions that everyone knows best. Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Morocco."
Lunch faves include this grilled pork tenderloin with a side of apple ginger sauce. A Nicosia ahi tuna sandwich with an olive tapanade, and their burger special which changes every day.
Arthur Artiles: "Every day we change the topping on them. Today we have manchego cheese, and roasted peppers, eggplant, olives and tomatoes."
If you don't have to rush back to work, kick back with a fine cigar or a glass of sangria.
Wilberg Guceman: "My very favorite thing is the sangria, especially both the white and the red wine. I love the taste of it"
For all you power lunchers looking to seal a deal, check out Badrutt's Place in the Financial District.
Brian Ehrlich: "You kind of feel like you are not in downtown. Downtown tends to be more stodgy, business-oriented. It's hip, it's fresh."
The restaurant is made for business with comfy couches and a VIP room where you can lower the shades for a secret meeting.
Brian Ehrlich: "It gives you the privacy but you're not completely isolated."
They also offer a three-martini lunch. A throw-back to the heyday of the 60s and 70s on Madison Avenue. You get three small martinis paired with a three-course meal.
Johannes Badrutt: "The idea is to make it a healthy simple, diverse little sampler of a martini, without having the effect of having a night out."
So make a deal with yourself to get to work on lunch.
Belkys Nerey: "Another perk, Badrutt's offers free wi-fi and laptop hookups around the bar and under each table. Their three martini lunch is $40 a person.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
1250 South Miami Ave., Brickell
163 NE 39th Street
Miami's Design District