Klima Restaurant & Bar, 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Klima is one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve seen in a long time. I would even go as far as to say, it’s one of the most gorgeous restaurants I’ve ever seen in my life (and I’ve been around the globe a few times.) Its interior is a wonderful blend of Scandinavian modernity mixed with the warmth and flair of a Spanish villa.
It’s the kind of place people linger in to fully enjoy their dining experience, not just eat and head for the door. I started my evening off at Klima’s inviting, open-air bar, where I tried a few specialty cocktails. The Pisco Sour was delicious and the Mint Julep knocked my socks off. Both were refreshing and unique, which seems to be the best way to describe everything on the menu.
Even though the place is touted as a “Spanish” style restaurant, it seems to be influenced by a myriad of places, especially the Mediterranean. I eagerly tried two appetizers: The Tuna Toast (flavored with chipotle, leek and lime) and the Oysters (with Ponzu Sauce and Salmon Roe.) Both were clean, fresh and delicious.
My favorite, though, was the Fennel Carpaccio Salad (made with burrata cheese, kalamata olives and dried tomatoes.) I loved it because it was zesty and crisp. For dinner, I let the powers that be choose, which always scares me a little because I’m such a picky eater, but the Veal Stuffed Paccheri, Porto & Parmesan did NOT disappoint. I’m not big on veal, but the flavor and texture of the plate was amazing. Even though the sauce appears to be hearty, it was actually light and fluffy.
My entire experience at Klima was really so delightful. I enjoyed the interior, the amazing art and the delicious food. I think this place has what it takes to stay around for a long time and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things.
Klima is located in South Beach, but away from the madness of Ocean Drive. It’s on the sleepy corner of 23rd and Collins (right where Tosca used to be.) They say it’s a tough area, as in there’s not a lot of foot traffic, but the place was jammed packed with high-spirited customers when I was there. The restaurant offers valet, but there’s also a public parking lot beside the building that always seems to have space and that’s always a special treat in Miami.
Monday-Sunday 6pm-2am (the kitchen closes at 12:30am)
Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Producer: Jessie Rosario
Writer: Shireen Sandoval
Photographer: James Woodley