Brunch has risen to new heights at Chef Michelle Bernstein’s eclectic tapas restaurant, Sra. Martinez, with the debut of new sweet and savory creations as well as inventive cocktails and unique non-alcoholic drinks – all of which perfectly represent Bernstein’s signature blend of traditional Latin cuisine and playful American elements. A sublime pleasure for South Florida locals and a definite destination for any food-loving visitor, the a la carte brunch boasts an energetic vibe and beautiful surroundings that can be enjoyed every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the contemporary indoor/outdoor setting in the trendy Miami Design District.
Those in the mood for a breakfast-style brunch ($11-$17) will enjoy new menu items such as Lobster Hash (butter-poached lobster, fingerlings, caramelized shallots, spinach, fried egg); Rustic Omelette (wilted greens, mushrooms, melting tetilla); and Housemade Pancakes (buttermilk pancakes, crema catalana). Always popular among the brunch crowd are menu favorites Huevos Benedicto with Cuban toast, crispy pork belly, poached eggs, and mojo hollandaise as well as Sra. Martinez brunch classics like Chicken and Waffles, Steak and Eggs, and Stuffed French Toast.
Whether in the mood for a sandwich, salad or seafood, Sra. Martinez has irresistible options ($9-$21) including new brunch offerings such as Fish Tacos in corn tortillas served with salsa roja and green tomato slaw; Shirmp Tiradito made with Madagascar prawns, huancaina, celery and popcorn; plus Caesar Salad with crunchy pumpernickel croutons. Other favorites – coveted by Sra. Martinez regulars and remaining on the menu – include Croque Sra. made with jamon serrano, machego, creamy béchamel and a fried egg; rye bread Patty Melt with sweet caramelized onions and gooey cheddar; and Heirloom Tomato Wedge drizzled with green goddess dressing and topped with jamon serrano, manchego cheese and red onion.
Sra. Martinez’s popular Tapas ($6-$13) selections continue to delight with signature items such as Bacon Wrapped Dates with Valdeon blue cheese and Marcona almonds; traditional Tortilla Espanola with chorizo aioli; Choclo con Chiles made with sweet homestead corn; and Egg Yolk Carpaccio with sweet shrimp and crispy potatoes. Also remaining on the menu are a selection of fresh Quesos ($7); bite-sized nibbles like Marcona almonds, house pickles, piquillo peppers and olives; and breakfast-style Side Dishes ($3-$7) including Artisanal Cheesy Grits, Chicken and Apple Sausage, Fries with BBQ Spices, and Sautéed Kale. In addition to the always-popular Churros with spicy chocolate dip, the brunch Postre menu ($6) welcomes Torrejas, a traditional fried bread dessert with rum sautéed bananas and figs topped with ice cream – a favorite during dinnertime at Sra. Martinez.
Since no brunch is complete without a fresh, thirst-quenching beverage, Sra. Martinez is shaking things up with creative new cocktail offerings developed by Beverage Director Julio Cabrera. Brunch beverage selections mimic the diverse offerings enjoyed at the restaurant’s popular bar scene: creative, handcrafted cocktails with housemade ingredients and bold flavors.
New to the list of Sra. Martinez Signatures ($7-$13) are cocktails like the Pomelo (St. Germain Elderflower, Cocchi Americano, Basil, Grapefruit Juice, Cava); Penelope (Manzanilla Sherry, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Orange Juice, Angostura Bitters); Rossini (Strawberry-Rhubarb Puree and Cava); and Bubbly Mojito (Seasonal Fruits, Mint, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Cava). Much-loved Martinez Sangria made with seasonal fresh fruit is offered in red and white varieties while guests have two “bloody” beverage choices: the traditional vodka-based Bloody Mary with a fresh horseradish kick or the tequila-based Bloody Maria – new to the menu – made with mezcal and Serrano pepper. Whether for a group or a leisurely brunch for two, Sra. Martinez offers its signature Sangria, Bloody Mary and Mimosa by the carafe ($36-$40). Brunch-goers can also enjoy a selection of sparkling, white, rose, and red wines by the glass and bottle.
In addition to the diverse array of Coffees, Teas, and Juices ($3-$5) – everything from Fresh-Squeezed Orange to Ginger-Peach Iced Tea – Sra. Martinez has also rolled out a new group of refreshing and inventive Non-Alcoholic Drinks ($6). Guests can choose from Design Tea Party (Homemade Orange-Ginger Marmalade, Fresh-Brewed Black Tea); Benidorm (Fresh Cucumber, Mint, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Ginger Beer); San Sebastian (Seasonal Fruits, Orange and Lemon Juices, Ginger Beer); and Hibiscus Lemonade (Hibiscus Water, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Hibiscus Petals).
With more than 20 years experience under his bartending belt, Julio first met Bernstein in 2004 in Cancun while working as Beverage Director in the luxury resort where she had a restaurant and has been working with her since 2006. Originally from Cuba, Julio’s Latin roots influence his cocktail creations as he mixes up unique twists on classic favorites featuring local fruits, fresh herbs and flavors that perfectly complement Sra.’s menu.
Sra. Martinez is located at 4000 NE Second Avenue. Dinner is served Monday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday brunch is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Valet and metered street parking available. Telephone: (305) 573-5474. www.chefmichellebernstein.com