Two things are sure in the heat of summer in South Florida: dining specials and a tasty crop mangoes.
Chefs in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have crafted some tasty morsels and drinks with mango as the star. Go to these restaurants for the mangoes, and while there, check out their Miami Spice and Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Months offerings from now to Sept. 30.
If you want to try your hand at a mango dish, try Sandy’s Secret Mango Chutney recipe, brought to you by Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
26 Sushi & Tapas
El Miami Roll ($18) – Tuna, Salmon, mango, coconut flakes, guava sauce, topped with avocado
Sushi Sandwich ($17) – Soy paper, baked Salmon, mango, avocado, scallions, dynamite sauce, sesame seeds, guava sauce.
26 Sushi & Tapas is located at 9487 Harding Ave., Surfside.
Mr. Worldwide – Voli 305 vodka, Appleton Estate Rum, kiwi and coconut puree, fresh lime, topped with a Mango-Aperol foam
The Golden Buddha made with Cazadores Reposado Tequila, agave syrup, lime juice, mango juice and muddled chili
Hakkasan is located in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach at 4441 Collins Ave. www.fontainebleau.com.
Yellowtail Mango Roll ($21) - Yellowtail, scallions, local neighborhood mango, sushi rice
Jaya is located at The Setai, Miami Beach at 2001 Collins Ave. www.thesetaihotels.com/en-us/hotels/miami-beach/dining
La Bomba Tropical ($20/$35) - Passionfruit sphere, mango pineapple tartar infused in Tahitian vanilla, homemade Pabanango sorbet, coconut lime ice cream, coconut lime crumble, topped with passion caramel sauce, vanilla sauce and dark intense chocolate sauce
Toro Toro Miami is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami. www.torotoromiami.com.
DUNE Fort Lauderdale
Yellowfin Tuna Crudo with Mango ($15) - pomelo, fresh mango, avocado, mustard oil
DUNE is located at Auberge Beach Residences & Spa at 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. www.dunefl.com
Guava Mousse – grilled papaya, mango biscuit and passion fruit sorbet
ETARU has two South Florida locations. ETARU Hallandale is located at 111 South Surf Road on Hallandale Beach. ETARU Las Olas is located at 500 East Las Olas Blvd., Downtown Fort Lauderdale. www.etarurestaurant.us.
Sandy’s Secret Mango Chutney
This recipe can be multiplied based on amount of cut mango. 1 recipe = 2.5 cups of cut fruit
Bring to a boil:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar
Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and add:
2 1/2 cups cubed mango
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Mustard seed
1 1/2 tsp. Crushed red chili flakes
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 large minced onion (sweet onion is best!)
1 inch fresh grated ginger
1 cup raisins or currents or white raisins or a combo
Cook on medium low until dark and thick, stirring frequently to ensure even heating. When you reach the right consistency, process into sterile jars and seal in hot water bath.