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Looking to taste some of the best food South Florida has to offer? You’re in luck: Miami New Times’ editors and readers unveiled their 2022 “Best Of Miami” winners, while Eater Miami has compiled its latest list of best restaurants in Aventura – and the results are quite the treat: six Aventura Mall establishments made the coveted list!
Better yet, Aventura Mall took home the Miami New Times Readers’ Choice award for Best Mall in Miami. With over 50 restaurants and eateries under our roof, there are plenty of international flavors to savor. Here are the latest award winners – stop by and try them for yourself:
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Editors at Miami New Times and Eater Miami crowned Motek, an Israeli Mediterranean restaurant, as the best restaurant in Aventura. Motek is a kosher-style cultural retreat that encompasses the flavors of Israel, Lebanon, Morocco and Yemen. The family-owned business offers a delicious all-day brunch, as well as dinner, baked sweets, and coffee — all of which are delicious.
Some menu staples include savory chicken shawarma, kale falafels, kufta kebabs, lahmujan chips, and a tasty lineup of burgers. Motek also serves scrumptious sharable starters like fried halloumi, cauliflower tabouleh, hummus, and roasted babaganoush.
Do yourself a favor and save room for dessert! From challah bread pudding to Turkish baklava, the selection of sweets is worth every bite.
Motek is located in the Outdoor Courtyard.
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One more reason to love Motek: all-day brunch. It’s no surprise the restaurant landed the Readers’ Choice award for “Best Breakfast” in Aventura.
For those with an appetite, the Israeli Breakfast is a smorgasbord of flavors. The dish features eggs, Israeli salad, labneh, babaganoush, tahini, feta, and Jerusalem bread. Israeli and Middle Eastern pastries like Yemenite pancakes and bourekas are also popular treats for a morning bite or those with a sweet tooth.
Breakfast traditionalists will love the Jerusalem lox and bagel combo or Motek’s fresh take on the avocado toast. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
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Dreaming of a Mediterranean vacation? Escape to Greece at Estiatorio Ornos, Michael Mina’s stunning and authentic Greek restaurant offering classics such as moussaka with wild mushroom ragout, phyllo-crusted sole with caviar sauce, and tiger prawns. The on-site fish sommelier
sources high-end product daily from the Aegean Sea and local vendors, providing expert recommendations and guidance on the whole fish-of-the-day.
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No stranger to sushi aficionados, Chef Jose Mendin’s Pubbelly is always a hot spot for mouthwatering rolls, eclectic cocktails and creative dishes offering a fusion of Japanese and Latin cuisine. The menu consists of snacks to share, sashimi, rolls, items from the grill, and bao. Whatever you do, don’t skip the iconic and Instagrammable butter krab roll, which is served with warm clarified butter for dipping. Eater Miami also recommends the tuna pizza with garlic aioli and truffle oil, as well as the salmon robata.
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This popular restaurant by Chef Juan Chipoco offers some of the most sought-after Peruvian cuisine in town. Start by sipping a Pisco Sour – a quintessentially Peruvian cocktail – which is offered in multiple variates including the Inferno mixed with Ancho verde, mango, cilantro, lime juice and smoky spray. Then, dig into Eater Miami’s favorite dishes such as the lomo saltado (beef stir fry), aji de gallina (Peruvian curry), sopa parihuela (spicy seafood soup) and more.
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For a quick-service meal that’s absolutely packed with flavor and spice, don’t skip out on Jrk! located in Treats Food Hall. The Jamaican eatery is beloved for its build-your-own-bowl with bases including rice and peas or jerk fried rice, piled high with toppings like jerk chicken, pepper steak, cabbage slaw, and pineapple mango salsa. There are six varieties of sauces to choose from, along with imported beverages such as DG Pineapple Kola and Mexican Coca-Cola. Take it from Eater: “The 305 Rum Cake, offered in chocolate or pineapple iterations, is not to be missed.”
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Gelato lovers: this one is for you! Quore Gelato is a small-batch brand that crafts artisanal gelato from world-class liquors. The 21+ treats infuse libations like champagne, cognac, vodka, bourbon and tequila.
Gelato makers Malcolm Stogo and Maestro Gelatiere wanted to blend two adult treats — liquor and gelato — for the ultimate sweet creation. Flavors like Lemon and Champagne, Strawberry Cheesecake and Rum, Tequila Sunrise, and Ricotta Fig and Cognac bedeck the inventive menu.
Who else is ready for a spiked sweet? Quore Gelato is located on the Upper Level near Nordstrom. Ready to indulge? Spend the day dining (and shopping, of course) at Miami’s best mall.
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