DINING DIARY SOFL | BYBLOS / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of southflorida.com

Image courtesy of southflorida.com

Sophisticated Mediterranean meets exotic vibrance in the Shorecrest's new crown dining jewel, Byblos. Dedication to bringing the traditions and flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean region to the heart of Miami fuels the restaurant's concept, executed with local ingredients in a marriage of cultural elements -- a combination proving perfect for first dates and family outings and everything in between. While the exquisite mezze, spiked tea, and enchanting décor captured the attention of Miami Beach diners upon the restaurant's unveiling, it's the strong and thoughtful composition of the dishes that's carried Byblos through, now well on its way to becoming a Collins Avenue staple. The expansive menu, though small plate-forward, requires a serious appetite -- the sweet jeweled rice, lamb ribs with carob molasses, organic house labneh, black truffle pide, and saffron branzino are each captivating in their own rights, calling for a second visit to make way for dishes missed on the first. Cleanse the palate with a bourbon-based Moroccan mint cold tea, or opt for the frozen house yogurt with all the bells and whistles. Contact your Attaché for reservations and more menu picks.