Are You 'Made in Dade?'
This month, Midtown Miami’s SUGARCANE raw bar grill is celebrating its roots by launching a “Made In Dade” menu featuring dishes inspired by the Magic City. The menu will be available from Feb. 15 through April 15 and will showcase several fan-favorite dishes that diners fell in love with when the restaurant first opened, plus new items inspired by the flavors, colors and culture of Miami.
Since its opening in 2010, SUGARCANE raw bar grill has been one of Miami’s greatest homegrown success stories. The restaurant, an anchor of Midtown Miami, was quickly hailed by Miami Herald, Johnson & Wales University, Eater and Miami New Times among the best new restaurant openings of the year, and was a James Beard Foundation Awards semi-finalist. The brand has since expanded to two other locations nationally, in Las Vegas and Brooklyn, New York, and inspired spin-off restaurants in London, Duck & Waffle and Duck & Waffle Local.
“Even though we’re a national brand now,” says Chef Partner Timon Balloo, “we will never forget our roots. Miami is at the very heart, spirit and soul of our restaurant. It will always be our home, and the energy, flavors and people of the city will always inspire us.”
The new “Made in Dade” menu, created by Balloo, draws bright flavors and inspiring ingredient combinations together for shareable small plates. SUGARCANE raw bar grill’s mantra of “kick back, eat well, stay a while” is reflected in the three sections of the special menu.
In the “Kick Back” section of throwback dishes, guests can expect Truffle Parmesan Chicken Necks ($6) to start, elevating an unexpected part of the poultry to a fun, delicious starter. Savory Pork Belly Bao ($14) are topped with apple kimchee and crunchy cucumber. To highlight Miami’s plethora of fresh seafood, Chef Balloo is bringing back the Yellowtail Hamachi Crudo ($14) with grapefruit segments, creamy avocado and sprinkled with black lava salt. Finally, vegetable devotees will love the Grilled Cauliflower Bagna Cauda ($12) .
Next, guests are invited to explore the “Eat Well” portion of the menu – all new dishes exclusive to this special menu. Offerings include the photogenic Squid Ink Fideos ($17) with salsa verde and bearnaise sauce and the Hamachi Crab Roll ($16) topped with avocado aioli and Japanese pickles. Rounding out the selection is a Swordfish “Ajo Blanco” ($21) with fried almonds.
The final “Stay Awhile” section of the menu highlights the restaurant’s signature dish, which inspired the spin-off restaurants bearing its name. The Duck & Waffle ($23) features a crispy confit duck leg with duck egg and mustard-maple sauce atop a fluffy waffle.
The restaurant has also brought the “Made in Dade” spirit online with a personality quiz that tests users’ knowledge of Miami culture and food. Users can take the quiz on sugarcanerawbargrill.com and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win dinner for two when they share their results of the quiz on social media and tag @sugarcanerawbargrill.