Over a decade has passed since Baleen in Coconut Grove closed after the change of ownership. Back then, the upscale eatery received New Times’ award for best restaurant in Coconut Grove. The restaurant reincarnated as a part of Solé Miami, A Noble House Resort on Sunny Isles Beach, into an eclectic, more eccentric fine-dining experience with a marine backdrop to the seafood-centric menu. Pulsing with Latin rhythms and artistic vibes, new BALEENkitchen became a casual and energetic cousin to the Coconut Grove location, and it was a massive hit among Miamians. The new 4,200-square-foot space features the dining room and veranda in a calming color palette with comfortable seating and a floor-to-ceiling wine room.
You cannot get Chef Adam Votaw to recreate the award-winning menu, however, and not just because the recipes are long gone. Overpast dishes seem like a shadow to the creative style of the new restaurant. Adam Votaw, who gained tons of experience crafting global dishes at the Dining Room at Little Palm Island in the Keys, is behind a diversity of seafood and meat plates. The menu, inspired by the restaurant’s namesake, the baleen whale, an ever-moving, magnificent migrator, celebrates omnifarious flavors of the known world by bringing nomadic lifestyle to its dishes.
Make sure to try the nicely crafted heirloom tomato and burrata plate with arugula pesto and crostini ($14). Sample “Cioppino,” a fantastic seafood plate composed of fresh catch, shrimp, calamari, clams, mussels and tomato-fennel broth ($32). And don’t forget about the extensive cocktail list, featuring international mules ($11).
With a revival of the restaurant, Chef Adam Votaw, accompanied by Chef Matthew Richman, managed to create a colorful palette of unique tastes for vacationers and locals alike, bringing an improved space to greater culinary heights. We recommend you embark on a journey to the Kilimanjaro of flavors with BALEENkitchen.