Not all that glitters is gold, but what is gold sure does glitter. Yesterday was the opening of Doré, the newest restaurant at The Ritz Carlton, South Beach. What has been a stimulating mystery for quite some time is now open to those in the mood for a night of exquisite dining.
Doré, meaning gold in French, is an accurate description of the restaurant’s luscious interior. Gold walls surround the main dining room, a glittering chandelier suspends above champagne banquettes, and the ceilings are adorned with rose petals. Diners will experience indulging dishes while immersed in the elaborate décor.
The restaurant’s menu, under the care of Executive Chef Jeff Pfeiffer, is equipped with European favorites spanning Italy and France. “Dining is like entertainment. Giving the complete dining experience to my customers is what I find most gratifying about being a chef,” says Pfeiffer. And dishes such as six-hour-braised lamb shank, citrus marinated scallops, and hazelnut tiger shrimp do gratify. They also can be paired with a signature cocktail like the Belinito: a vodka and peach compilation, harmonized with citrus oils and a splash of prosecco. Guests also have the option of reserving a private dining room or enjoying their cocktail at the 40-seat rotunda bar area while listening to live DJ’s.
Another exceptional restaurant feature is the hand-crafted dessert menu. Doré has named their gourmet sweets, created by Executive Pastry Chef and Miami local Kriss Velasco, as their specialty. Diners can end their visit with a sweet dish like the Poire Belle Hélène, made of poached pear, chocolate sauce, candied almonds, and vanilla ice cream.