Vegan food isn't about eating lettuce and flavorless tofu blocks. Plant Food + Miami emphasizes on curating beautifully plated dishes with great textures and flavors that will satisfy your tastebuds. Owned by celebrity raw-vegan chef Matthew Kenney, the restaurant is located in the Wynwood district of Miami. The menu consists of locally sourced vegetables of which is either completely raw, dehydrated, fermented, smoked or cooked sous vide. Scott Winegard, national director of culinary, crafted the menu, and Horacio Rivadero (formerly of Tantalize and the District) is the on-site chef de cuisine.
Adjacent to the restaurant is The Sacred Space Miami, owned by Karla Dascal and designed by Rene Gonzalez. The mix of the open floor plan and the inviting decor is creative and relaxing.
There is also the Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy which offers plant-based culinary courses both online and in person. I received a tour of both the academy and the kitchen, which was a unique experience. The beautiful atmosphere, spacious environment, and friendly wait staff made my dining experience like no other.
Plant Food + Wine Dishes:
My experience started with a glass of the "Montes Sprint Harvest Sauvignon Blanc" and the "Lemon-Ginger Kombucha Betta Bucha"
For the main course, we had the Zucchini Lasagna that was made with heirloom tomato, spicy marinar, macadamia ricotta basil-mint pesto.
The second main course was the Banana Leaf Tamale with sweet corn, mushroom, cacao molé, aji amarillo and avocado.
Next, we moved on to dessert. Since there were two of us, neither of us wanted to share so we indulged ourselves some more and each had our own decadent dessert. First up was the Strawberry Hibiscus Cheesecake with lime curd, vanilla shortbread pistachio sorrel. This was so delicious, you have to go and try it for yourself to believe it is vegan, scratch that RAW!
And last, but certainly not least was the Verde, which was made with compressed grapes, pistachio ice cream, seasame brittle and mint syrup. What attracted me to this dessert was the pistachio ice cream - and it did not disappoint!
I had such a great experience at Plant Food & Wine, I returned and tried a few other items off of their menu.
Thai Lettuce Wraps that have a citrus-almond pate, red cabbage, carrot, red pepper, daikon, herbs and a tamarind sauce.
Coconut Ceviche Tacos were delicious!! They are filled with sunflower chorizo, avocado, pico de gallo and a lime crema. I need that crema recipe as it is divine!
Candied Papaya with tamarind pearls, macadamia goat cheese and seed granola.
The dishes at Plant Food & Wine are tasty and fresh. This is a great place to take your friends who don't know how great vegan food can be. I know I will be revisiting to experience the rest of the items off their menu.
105 NE 24th Street
Miami, FL 33137