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Foodie Culture Reinvented at the InterContinental Miami

The iconic InterContinental Miami underwent an impressive $30M renovation last year in which its 641 rooms were redesigned, including suites by Venus William’s V*Starr design firm, and an innovative technology installation is the first step in the creation of a New Media Arts Program. For the foodies-at-heart, the renovation also included an overhaul of the hotel’s F&B offerings. The InterContinental Miami now features three full-service restaurants, in addition to the ever popular Starbucks. The former dining mainstay, Indigo Restaurant, was replaced with Toro Toro Restaurant & Bar; a new breakfast eatery, Olé!, was opened; and the poolside Blue Water Café was rebranded as Blue Water Restaurant & Bar and its was menu transformed. Here is a look at Toro Toro, with a close-up of the other restaurants to come!

Chef-restaurateur Richard Sandoval, who’s built a global 34 restaurant empire, bullishly made the first media splash by bringing his Dubai Toro Toro concept to the U.S. and opening it at the hotel. The 110-seat upscale restaurant is located on the ground level of the hotel with a magnificent view of the $20 million Henry Moore sculpture in the lobby. Chef Sandoval’s Pan-Latin interpretation of a contemporary steakhouse is drawing the foodies through the door. The restaurant features a selection of meats, carved tableside rodizio-style, along with an array of small plates, composed main-plates and a la carte steaks. The cocktail crowd is not left out; Toro Toro’s buzz-worthy bar features a well-curated collection of fine wines from around the world and of course, Latin-inspired cocktails made with ultra-premium Latin spirits.

“Miami is one of my favorite cities. Toro Toro Miami pays homage to the warmth of Latin American hospitality and the tradition of lively, family-style dining.”- says Sandoval on one of the many reasons he chose Miami and the InterContinental Miami as his new home. And it couldn’t be the better time either as Miami is evolving into a global Arts, Culture, Culinary & Entertainment destination with the hotel at the center of it all.

Open for lunch and dinner, diners feast on a variety of cold and hot plates including smoked swordfish dip with pickled chiles, aioli, tomatoes, and served with crispy tortilla chips; snapper sashimi or Hamachi sashimi tiradito with soy sauce, lime, pieces of sweet potato, and tajin- a class Mexican seasoning; mouth-watering arepas made up of a crispy corn cake pocket filled with tender shredded short rib; guacamole and crema fresca; and a wild mushroom coca flatbread topped with arugula, goat cheese, caramelized shallots and truffle oil. A Sunday “Brunch with Bravado” debuted in January, a popular choice for the Miami locals.

As part of the InterContinental Miami’s renovation fanfare, several VIP and media parties were thrown to inaugurate the restaurant, and Toro Toro has not stopped receiving fantastic critic’s reviews and media attention since its official opening on October 25, 2012. One week later, Toro Toro had its society debut with an appearance at the 18th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball on November 3. Over 800 people networked and mingled during the Indian Market-styled reception while sampling Chef Sandoval’s Ceviche Nikkei and Ceviche de Mariscos. This was immediately followed by an exclusive media preview reception on November 12, 2012, where top local media received a sneak peek of the latest renovations including the suites designed by tennis star Venus Williams and dinner at Toro Toro with Chef Richard Sandoval in attendance. The final and most lustrous event was the hotel’s grand re-launch on December 6, 2012 during the week of Art Basel, where Toro Toro held its official grand opening party. Guests in attendance enjoyed a full sampling of the restaurant’s menu in bite-sized portions, setup in stations around the modern lobby. Signature cocktails and Latin wines by the glass flowed in abundance as well. Celebrities in attendance included Jeremy Piven, Martha Stewart and New York celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan, who were all seen happily noshing on the food.

The last two months of the year were truly buzzing with events and excitement with more activities planned in 2013. Not to be missed is Toro Toro’s participation in the 2013 Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Thrillist’s BBQ and The Blues hosted by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. For more information about Toro Toro or to see full menus, visit www.ToroToroMiami.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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