The art of wooing gets redefined at Meat Market Miami
Queen B caught up with the talented Sean Brasel, executive chef/co-owner of Meat Market, and asked him to share his recommendations on the ultimate menu for a truly magical dinner date.
What foods would you recommend from Meat Market for a seductive meal that's filling without leaving you feeling bloated?
"I think the tuna tartare and the kobe tartare are perfect dishes because their flavors are really unique and tantalizing, but since they are crudos (raw), they are lighter and leave you feeling satisfied but not stuffed. The kobe tartare is prepared with white truffle, which is a decadent coveted treasure, and the tuna is with ginger, avocado and mango mole — great unique tastes but light."
What are the worst food choices to eat on a date?
"Heavy garlic dishes."
What cocktails/wine would you recommend for the perfect date night?
"We have an extensive cocktail menu, and my favorite drink is I Love Gold, tequila, a pop of cinnamon, citrusy Mandarine Napoleon, sweet honey and a brown sugar rim. That or a half-bottle of wine works great."
What type of dining experience does Meat Market offer than you can't get at any other restaurant?
"We offer a five-star meal in a sexy and bustling environment with the availability to order half and smaller portions than most steak places."
What is the sexiest food you have ever prepared/eaten?
"I once did a photo shoot where a naked girl was my canvas on which to create my dishes. Everything I prepared that day was completely sexy."
If you're out on a date with a foodie but don't have as sophisticated of a palate, what are some foods you should order to fake your way through it?
"Look for the unique and unusual menu items, and go from there. Foodies tend to try the uncommon and adventurous dishes. Some key 'foodie' ingredients are truffles, foie gras and pork belly, to name a few. At Meat Market, I would recommend trying the char-grilled oysters, the kobe sliders (they're burgers with white cheddar and foie gras) or white truffle beef tartare."
If you want to impress your date, what dessert should you not skip?
"The world of dating knows most women love tiramisu and chocolate. So ordering the chocolate lava cake and an espresso martini is key."
What do you recommend from Meat Market's raw bar for the ultimate evening out?
"I love the smaller oysters with the truffle yuzu mignonette, and our daily ceviche is always fresh and amazing."
How would you describe the atmosphere/vibe at Meat Market Miami?
"It's sexy, sophisticated with a sizzling energy and great bar scene, yet at the same time, it's very comfortable and warm."
Can you really win over a man's heart through his stomach?
"I'm not an expert on hearts, but a great meal will definitely win over a man initially. After dinner, the rest is up to her!"
Meat Market Miami is at 915 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Call 305-532-0088 or visit Meatmarketmiami.com.