Calling all vegans, Miami’s Full Bloom Vegan Restaurant brings gourmet-level cultural eclecticism in beautiful, understated surroundings.
There are many cities around the world that are synonymous with a certain culinary repertoire, but the relationship between metropolitan identity and food is baked right into the crust of the American south. Think of New Orleans and you’ll likely think of gumbo, jambalaya and andouille enjoyed in a unique carnival atmosphere. Thoughts of Texas will quickly turn to chili, chicken fried steak and pecan pie and the Miami spice is arguably the taste of Florida. Recognizing Cuban and Colombian culture with a smattering of Spanish and German influence thrown in for good measure, one could be forgiven for thinking that there’s little room in this meat and seafood dominated palette for great plant based dishes. After all, ceviche, chicharrones and the meat and cheese packed Cuban sandwich are what made Miami, right?
But, Miami has always drawn on a range of multicultural influences and attracted people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds to her vibrant streets. If you’ve hired a boat from boat.me and are thinking of dropping anchor in Miami but are on a strictly plant based diet, you could be forgiven for assuming that there may be limited options for you. Fear not vegans, for Miami’s Full Bloom offers a gourmet taste of Miami’s trademark cultural eclecticism without a single animal based product and in beautiful yet understated surroundings.
Hidden away in a waterfront residential complex on Island Avenue this sophisticated, yet welcoming eatery offers a huge range of vegan dishes using all organic ingredients.
It’s all about the melting pot
Miami has always worn its cultural influences on its sleeve. Full Bloom’s founders Alessandro Farana, Omar Barberini, and Nicola Dominici have worked in restaurants all over the world and bring a truly multicultural perspective to their cuisine. The trio went vegan a few years ago for ethical reasons and are a welcome voice in the Miami gourmet food scene. Their vision responds to a sizeable gap in the market and expertly marries the city’s attitudes with a mastery of vegan cookery.
While the dinner menu- developed by cookbook author and chef Mark Reinfeld- is truly global, featuring international favorites from French-inspired stuffed mushrooms (filled with the humorously named escar-no) to a plantain based lasagna, there’s still a heavy Latin influence across the board.
Starters – Those who miss seafood will get a kick out of the mixed mushroom ceviche, while those who thought that creole food was out of reach on a vegan diet will enjoy the jackfruit Empanaditas with Creole sauce. If you’re looking for something a little lighter you’ll find it in the creamy turmeric kale salad with beetroot and pumpkin seeds.
Main courses – Pasta is often a no-go for vegans as it is so often made with eggs, but the homemade ravioli in butter sage sauce is great for an “I can’t believe it’s vegan” experience. Raw food enthusiasts will also enjoy the raw zucchini cannelloni with raw marinara. There’s also a healthy dose of Asian cuisine with Tempeh shiitake fried rice and a sublime Thai red curry.
Desserts – Most vegans miss tiramisu with their very hearts and souls, so the vegan tiramisu is the star of the dessert menu. Although, the chocolate ganache pie with gelato is also astonishing.
Check out Full Bloom’s website for more information and to make a reservation.