After a year of investigative 'brunching' throughout Miami, the clear cut winner is.....drum roll please... Essensia Restaurant in the Palms Hotel & Spa. Immediately upon entering this intimate, golden bamboo paradise, guests realize they are in for an enjoyable experience. Sun drips through the treetop canopy, while birds cantillate above.
The Palms Hotel & Spa located at 3025 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 is one of the quietest and most stately hotels in Miami Beach. Essensia Restaurant is located directly behind the hotel lobby. Parking at the hotel is expensive; however, Essensia Restaurant validates the rate to $4.00.
While diners may order a la carte, the brunch buffet is the best option at $24.00 per person and $12.00 per child. Essensia Restaurant proudly offers Tazo teas and Starbucks coffee. However, their house smoothies such as the Miami smoothie are to die for. The brunch menu includes an expansive omelet station which is located on the dining porch. These omelets are fluffy, perfectly folded, and stuffed to the hilt with custom toppings.
For those patrons who enjoy sweets, there is also a custom waffle station complete with chocolate chips and fresh strawberries. The buffet includes breakfast standards such as eggs, smoked salmon and capers, applewood smoked bacon, herb-roasted potatoes, cheeses, fruits, oatmeal, and various croissants and muffins. A huge buffet hit is the vegetarian frittata. This powerful little creation varies day to day and includes combinations such as broccoli-potato cheddar, zucchini-mint, roasted pepper-mushrooms, and asparagus-goat cheese, just to name a few!