Happy morning, noon or night depending on wherever in the world you might be.
I am so excited to be introducing you all to the exquisite ‘El Cielo’ today, a restaurant by chef Juan Manuel Barrientos and even more excited by the prospect of you *points at screen* one day being able to experience it for yourself. Sitting here scrolling through the photos and reliving the experience most certainly confirms my undying desire to revisit immediately.
El Cielo is a Colombian/latin/experiential gastronomical wonderment. It’s really a combination of truly exquisite food wearing a variety of costumes depending on the theme of each course and it’s as much a performance as it is a dining out experience. There wasn’t a single thing I disliked and pinpointing a favourite course is damn near impossible, well nearly. However, a favourite was indeed found and I have to say I’ve been unable to recollect anything I’ve ever eaten that has blown my mind as much, keep reading to find out what this delicacy was. El Cielo is a revelation and it’s master, Juan Manuel Barrientos is nothing short of a culinary sorcerer. He manages to channel his latin heritage and transport you there without you even leaving your seat.
I imagine finding the best words to describe each course could be a challenge, so I’ll let the photos do the talking and you can make up your own mind. We did the taster menu, aka ‘The Experience’ during our visit and I’d strongly recommend you do the same in order to fully experience everything El Cielo has to offer.
Let us begin the journey…
We stayed at the Gale Hotel during our city break in Miami, if you’re interested in finding out a little more, visit my article ‘Snapshots of Miami’. Or perhaps you just don’t fancy having your photo taken nestled among fairy lights, I wouldn’t blame you.
If you can’t take your new dress for a spin, is there much point even wearing one?
This is our little nook for the evening
This was us having warm white chocolate poured all over us…
Tree of Life
The most magnificent bread I’ve ever seen and tasted! Not sure it’s one I could try at home though
I’m not a super dessert fan, or a dedicated ice-cream fan for that matter. However, I have to say this was the most divine thing I have ever tasted. It was like swallowing a marshmallow that’s been burnt on a campfire. Deliciously scrumptious!
I adore that this course was entitled ‘A Banana’
And so, El Cielo valiantly gallops into the top spot as my favourite fine dining experience. Quite honestly, I wonder what on this Earth will ever detract my undying love for the ash ice-cream…
For a more laid back Miami dining experience, take a cheeky peek at my ‘Sushi Garage‘ experience. My articles ‘Snapshots of Miami‘ and ‘Wynwood Walls‘ also have multiple hidden gems scattered around Miami for those looking for a breakfast, lunch or coffee spot.